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The Shelf-Discovery Club: Transforming Your Bookshelf into Professional Development

Have voice and choice in your professional learning! Earn PDHs for educational books already on your shelf by joining the annual Shelf Discovery Club. Earn up to 26 PDHs!

  • By joining, you gain access to our online book study course until June 30, 2025. Start anytime before March -- the sooner you join, the sooner you can hop into the course!
  • The choice is yours! Complete up to three books before June 30th for a combined total of 24 PDHs (8 PDHs for each book).
  • Yes, you actually get to pick which books you read! Whether you own your book, pick it up at the local library, or borrow it from a friend, you have voice over what you're reading.
  • Complete self-paced course assignments before and after you read to earn your PDHs.
  • Attend our optional in-person Yak & Pak events (1 PDH per event) to discuss what you are reading and swap books with other club members. You can also earn some cool club swag by attending.
**Note that all books must be submitted within the course for approval. Books must be educational/pedagogical in nature.
Event Date 05-07-2024
Event End Date 06-30-2025
Cutoff date 03-17-2025 12:00 pm
Individual Price $80.00
Contact Hours 26 available
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
School Bus Driver Refresher Training

School Bus Driver 2-Hour Refresher Course

Bus drivers are required to take a 2-hour refresher course each year to keep their permit current. Drivers or their district/company must pre-register here with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required at time of registration).

Course Information:

Drivers MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. Please register in groups of 1-10 participants until the class capacity has been reached. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone-in or email registrations are no longer accepted for any bus driver training classes held at ROE 4. Once the class size has reached capacity, no further registrations will be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS!
This course is held in the Regional Office of Education Main Training Room, 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. (Addresses of courses held at other locations are as listed in the School Bus Driver Training Schedule). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m. LATE ARRIVALS AND WALK-INS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. No refunds will be given for no shows or within seven (7) days of this class. 
Event Date 06-01-2024 8:00 am
Event End Date 06-01-2024 10:00 am
Cutoff date 05-30-2024 7:00 pm
Capacity 35
Individual Price $10.00
School Bus Driver Refresher Training

School Bus Driver 2-Hour Refresher Course

Bus drivers are required to take a 2-hour refresher course each year to keep their permit current. Drivers or their district/company must pre-register here with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required at time of registration).

Course Information:

Drivers MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. Please register in groups of 1-10 participants until the class capacity has been reached. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone-in or email registrations are no longer accepted for any bus driver training classes held at ROE 4. Once the class size has reached capacity, no further registrations will be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS!
This course is held in the Regional Office of Education Main Training Room, 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. (Addresses of courses held at other locations are as listed in the School Bus Driver Training Schedule). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m. LATE ARRIVALS AND WALK-INS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. No refunds will be given for no shows or within seven (7) days of this class. 
Event Date 06-01-2024 11:00 am
Event End Date 06-01-2024 1:00 pm
Cutoff date 05-30-2024 7:00 pm
Capacity 35
Individual Price $10.00
School Bus Driver Initial Training

School Bus Driver 8-Hour Initial Course

New Bus Drivers are required to attend an 8-hour training course. Pre-register for this course with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required) at the orange REGISTRATION (GROUP) button below. You must be currently employed by a bus company or school district.
Illinois Professional School Bus Driver Training Curriculum: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/busdriver_trainmanual.pdf

Course Information:

Drivers MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. Please register in groups of 1-10 participants until the class capacity has been reached. Note: Even if you are only registering one school bus driver, please select REGISTRATION (GROUP). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone-in or email registrations are no longer accepted for any school bus driver training classes held at ROE 4. Once the class size has reached capacity, no further registrations will be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS!
This course is held in the Regional Office of Education Main Training Room, 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. (Addresses of courses held at other locations are as listed in the School Bus Driver Training Schedule). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m. LATE ARRIVALS AND WALK-INS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. No refunds will be given for no shows or within seven (7) days of this class. 
Event Date 06-05-2024 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-06-2024 10:00 pm
Cutoff date 06-03-2024 7:00 pm
Capacity 30
Individual Price $10.00

This event is sold out. We are no longer accepting registrations.

Principal/Teacher Evaluation Retraining: Using Student Growth Data in Professional Evaluations - AA #3000
This class is SOLD OUT!!
We have opened another session of AA3000 on Monday, June 10th! Interested in joining us virtually on June 10th? Please register by clicking here 
 

REQUIRED Student Growth RETRAINING course for administrator evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate administrators.

Participants will learn how to:
• Use assessments and measurement models to determine student growth.
• Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected and best practices relative to student growth to link teacher/principal professional development plans to evaluation results.
• Create targeted professional development plans to school improvement goals.
• Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.
 

You must attend the entire session to receive credit for this course.

Presenter: Shay McCorkle

Event Date 06-06-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-06-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 05-13-2024 8:00 am
Capacity 11
Individual Price $195.00
Contact Hours 6.5
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)

We are no longer accepting registrations for this event.

Initial Principal Evaluation Training - AA 2000 2-Day Training

This session is SOLD OUT!  Please contact Diane at 815-921-8482 with any questions.

This 2-day course is required for administrators who have never been trained to evaluate Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, or other roles requiring Administrative credentials. Pre-work is required for this course. Both sessions are mandatory for credit!

Please note that you will not be admitted to the class if the pre-work assignment(s) is not completed.

This 2-day course will cover all aspects of evaluation, including principal professional practice and student growth data.

Upon successful completion, the educator will be certified to evaluate administrative staff.

 

Event Date 06-06-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-07-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 05-13-2024 8:00 am
Individual Price $395.00
Contact Hours 12
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)

We are no longer accepting registrations for this event.

Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Principal Evaluators - AA 1865

REQUIRED Professional Practice RETRAINING course for administrator evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate administrators.

This 1-day training is one of the courses that is required for all administrators who evaluate principals.

Pre-work is required and must be submitted, reviewed and accepted by the presenter prior to admittance into the training.

All administrators who evaluate principals are required to take retraining within their 5 year renewal cycle in the TWO specifically approved Administrators' Academies: AA # 3000 - Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth AND AA # 1865 - Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building

Event Date 06-07-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-07-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-03-2024 8:00 am
Capacity 25
Individual Price $195.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Principal/Teacher Evaluation Retraining: Using Student Growth Data in Professional Evaluations - AA #3000
REQUIRED Student Growth RETRAINING course for administrator evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate administrators.
 
Participants will learn how to:
• Use assessments and measurement models to determine student growth.
• Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected and best practices relative to student growth to link teacher/principal professional development plans to evaluation results.
• Create targeted professional development plans to school improvement goals.
• Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.
 

You must attend the entire session to receive credit for this course.

Presenter: Shay McCorkle

Event Date 06-10-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-10-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-04-2024 8:00 am
Capacity 11
Individual Price $195.00
Contact Hours 6.5
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Interpersonal & Team Communication Skills for School Administrators: AA #998

The foundation of professional success lies in understanding yourself, understanding others and realizing the impact of personal behaviors on others. This academy provides a non-judgmental language for exploring the different workplace styles and behavioral attributes across four primary dimensions. The materials are based on research relating to the makeup of interpersonal dynamics and utilizes an industry standard behavioral-based learning assessment developed by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The content is designed to help enhance skills to improve communication, ease frustration and manage conflict so school administrators and team leaders are more effective in their leadership roles achieving personal effectiveness and team performance. The academy is facilitated using experiential learning techniques.

*This is a virtual event: The Zoom link will be sent via email. 

Event Date 06-11-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-11-2024 1:00 pm
Cutoff date 06-06-2024 12:00 pm
Individual Price $225.00
Contact Hours 4
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)
2024 SEL Symposium

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Join us for the Area 2 SEL Hub's second annual "2024 SEL Symposium: Toolkit for the Heart and Mind"! Get ready for an unforgettable day filled with inspiration, knowledge, and connection as we dive deep into social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies to support the heart and mind of every learner. Our keynote speakers, the dynamic duo of education and humor, Gerry Brooks and Jason Kotecki, will kick off the event, with Gerry in the morning and Jason in the afternoon.

We know that you need practical SEL strategies and solutions to take back to your schools and classrooms.  For each session you attend, you'll leave with a new tool carefully selected for its potential impact and applicability. This symposium offers a diverse range of opportunities for growth and learning, including 12 breakout sessions led by experts in the field of SEL. Additionally, enhance your learning experience with 5 engaging lunch and learn sessions. 

But wait, there's more! After a morning of learning and networking, treat yourself to an afternoon of wellness activities designed to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. There's something for everyone to unwind and recharge.

Register now and join us for a day of inspiration, growth, and empowerment! Event will take place from 8:30 am - 4:15 pm at the Embassy Suites in Rockford, IL with check-in starting at 7:30 am. 

Check out our website for the full schedule and details of the day!

Event Date 06-12-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-12-2024 4:15 pm
Cutoff date 06-03-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 450
Individual Price $50.00
Contact Hours 8
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC), College Credits Available
Educational Equity Symposium 2024 “Exploring.  Learning.  Mobilizing!”

Join us for a transformative day at the Educational Equity Symposium 2024 “Exploring. Learning. Mobilizing!” School and district stakeholders will come together to forge a path toward a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape. This one-day event is dedicated to exploring innovative strategies, sharing impactful research, and fostering collaborative discussions aimed at dismantling barriers to educational success for all students.

Inspirational Keynotes: Hear from leading voices in educational equity, including Devon LaRosa and Dr. Kierra Pickens, who bring their passion, insights, and groundbreaking ideas to the forefront of our collective mission.

Audience: Teachers, school and district administrators, counselors, social workers, and all other stakeholders invested in equitable learning environments in your school.

Lunch will be provided.

Event Date 06-13-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-13-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 05-31-2024 8:00 am
Capacity 300
Individual Price $150.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
School Bus Driver Initial Training

School Bus Driver 8-Hour Initial Course

New Bus Drivers are required to attend an 8-hour training course. Pre-register for this course with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required) at the orange REGISTRATION (GROUP) button below. You must be currently employed by a bus company or school district.
Illinois Professional School Bus Driver Training Curriculum: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/busdriver_trainmanual.pdf

Course Information:

Drivers MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. Please register in groups of 1-10 participants until the class capacity has been reached. Note: Even if you are only registering one school bus driver, please select REGISTRATION (GROUP). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone-in or email registrations are no longer accepted for any school bus driver training classes held at ROE 4. Once the class size has reached capacity, no further registrations will be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS!
This course is held in the Regional Office of Education Main Training Room, 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. (Addresses of courses held at other locations are as listed in the School Bus Driver Training Schedule). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m. LATE ARRIVALS AND WALK-INS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. No refunds will be given for no shows or within seven (7) days of this class. 
Event Date 06-15-2024 8:00 am
Event End Date 06-15-2024 4:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-13-2024 7:00 pm
Capacity 30
Individual Price $10.00
Teacher Evaluator Initial Training - AA #2001

This 2-day ONLINE academy is for educators who are seeking initial training to be legally qualified to conduct evaluations of licensed personnel. The training aligns to the Illinois School Code competencies defined by Administrative Code Part 50, Section 50.420 (a-b).

Pre-work is required for this training and MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO 6/17!! Please be advised you will not be admitted to the class unless the pre-work assignment(s) is completed. 

Presenter: Shay McCorkle

 

Event Date 06-17-2024 8:00 am
Event End Date 06-18-2024 3:00 pm
Cutoff date 06-12-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 12
Individual Price $395.00
Contact Hours 12
Credit Options Administrator's Academy Credits (AA), Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Comprehensive Literacy Launch (PreK-12)

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information related to literacy instruction? Embark on a comprehensive journey into the heart of literacy instruction with our foundational event—a gateway to a series of comprehensive workshops designed exclusively for PreK-12 educators.

Participants will delve into the evolution of literacy education, gaining crucial insights into its historical context. From the roots of literacy to the branches of modern methodologies, this event will equip educators with a holistic understanding of the field of literacy, as well as prepare them for our upcoming series of literacy workshops.

Join us on June 17th at the starting line of this immersive literacy journey, where the pages of the past and the future converge to illuminate the path towards elevating literacy instruction in your classroom.

We highly encourage those interested in any of our literacy events to attend this first, comprehensive overview session!!

Event Date 06-17-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-17-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-13-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 60
Individual Price $250.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Comprehension: Moving Beyond Strategy Instruction to Deep Understanding (PreK-4)

Discover how comprehension instruction can nurture a student's deep understanding of a text, being recognized as the very "essence of reading" (Durkin, 1993). This workshop is designed to provide PreK-4 educators with the essential tools to move beyond basic strategy application and foster a deeper connection between the reader, the text, and the activity.

Participants will engage with a variety of approaches that transcend surface-level comprehension, leading students to extract meaning by synthesizing personal experiences with the text.

Join us as we delve into strategies that elevate comprehension, emphasizing the pivotal role it plays in shaping a genuine and meaningful connection between readers and the texts they encounter.

This is a one-day event on June 18, 2024 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. 

Select  DETAILS  (orange box below) for the book requirement and coupon code information!

 

Event Date 06-18-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-18-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-13-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 60
Individual Price $250.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
School Bus Driver Refresher Training

School Bus Driver 2-Hour Refresher Course

Bus drivers are required to take a 2-hour refresher course each year to keep their permit current. Drivers or their district/company must pre-register here with the Regional Office of Education ($10.00 fee required at time of registration).

Course Information:

Drivers MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. Please register in groups of 1-10 participants until the class capacity has been reached. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone-in or email registrations are no longer accepted for any bus driver training classes held at ROE 4. Once the class size has reached capacity, no further registrations will be accepted - NO EXCEPTIONS!
This course is held in the Regional Office of Education Main Training Room, 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111. (Addresses of courses held at other locations are as listed in the School Bus Driver Training Schedule). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 6:00 p.m. LATE ARRIVALS AND WALK-INS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. No refunds will be given for no shows or within seven (7) days of this class. 
Event Date 06-20-2024 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-20-2024 8:00 pm
Cutoff date 06-18-2024 7:00 pm
Capacity 35
Individual Price $10.00
A Work of Heart: Implementing SEL Coaching for All

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) shouldn’t be something else on educators’ plates. When implemented well, SEL is the plate that empowers all learners to grow and thrive academically and with their peers; however, educators often feel underprepared to teach students to grow their self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship, and social awareness skills. How do we empower these educators to support the social/emotional growth and resilience of stakeholders (students, staff, & community)? This is where SEL coaches can help - they provide the space, conditions, and resources to support a teacher, leader, or system as they refine their SEL practices, school culture, and climate. However, with the role being so new, systems aren’t sure how to make the best use of these supports. Join us for this Online - Self Paced workshop as we explore how to best leverage SEL coaches to facilitate transformational change and resiliency. 

Intended for K-12 coaches and school leaders.

 

Event Date 06-24-2024 9:00 am
Event End Date 08-23-2024 4:00 pm
Cutoff date 06-19-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 35
Individual Price $25.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Navigating Abilities: Northern Illinois Summer Symposium

Join SLD Supports, at Rock Valley College for a day of collaboration and professional development where dedicated educators will gather to explore effective strategies for supporting students facing challenges in reading, writing, math and more. Dynamic presenter Brian Mendler, Author of Watch Your Mouth, Non Negotiables for Success with Toughest Kids will be presenting. Event is hosted by: SLD Supports. 

The event link will take you to the IL SLD Support Project's website for registration. 

Special guest Brian Mendler has extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. He provides staff development training for K-12 educators throughout the world with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students. He trains tens of thousands of educators every year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Educators love his seminars, because he is able to provide strategies that work immediately for today’s youth.

Target Audience: Special education teachers, general education teachers and school personnel that support students with specific learning disabilities.

Registration Deadline: June 21st at Noon!

Event Date 06-26-2024 8:00 am
Event End Date 06-26-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-21-2024 12:00 pm
Individual Price FREE
Contact Hours 7.5
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
Vocabulary: Words Matter (Grades Pre-K - 4)

Explore the profound connection between vocabulary and knowledge development in grades Pre-K - 4, and how a rich and nuanced lexicon serves as a cornerstone for students' comprehension of curriculum content.

Participants will explore strategies to not only enhance students' word consciousness but also to leverage vocabulary as a tool for critical thinking and understanding complex concepts. Join us in examining the transformative impact of vocabulary knowledge on elevating reading comprehension and fostering a deeper engagement with the written word.

This is a one-day event held on June 27, 2024 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. 

Select  DETAILS  (orange box below) for the book requirement and coupon code information!

 

Event Date 06-27-2024 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-27-2024 3:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-25-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 60
Individual Price $250.00
Contact Hours 6
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)
It may not be recess, but it's time to head to the playground - the Makerspace Playground!

The Makerspace Playground is designed for educators who want to integrate innovative learning technology into their classroom. Join us as we get hands-on with some of today's most popular tech tools, including Spheros, drones, 3D printers, CNC machines, and more!

During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of makerspaces, including their educational benefits and the large variety of technologies they can harness to make these spaces havens for exploration and STEM-focused learning. Participants will also explore the world of robotics using Sphero Mini robots. A Sphero Mini is included with the price of the workshop.

Throughout the workshop, participants will collaborate with peers, share ideas, and engage in hands-on activities to explore the possibilities of these innovative tools and technologies. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills and knowledge needed to bring these technologies into their own classrooms and inspire their students to explore the exciting world of makerspaces.

Join us for a fun and inspiring day of learning and exploration at the Makerspace Playground!
 
Event Date 07-09-2024 9:00 am
Event End Date 07-09-2024 2:30 pm
Cutoff date 06-24-2024 12:00 pm
Capacity 20
Individual Price $60.00
Contact Hours 4.5
Credit Options Professional Development Credits (PDC)