Tuesday, September 6, 2016

News from ISBE

‘Listening tour’ continues
Another round of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) listening tour meetings is coming up this month and will continue around the state through October. This tour provides school leaders with an opportunity to offer feedback to better serve all students, especially the most vulnerable.

“I urge all of you to encourage your teachers, parents, and communities to participate on this occasion to ensure access to a high-quality education for each of our diverse students,” State Superintendent Tony Smith recently told school superintendents.

Visit ISBE's ESSA tour page.  For additional information and to download a detailed schedule, see the state's default ESSA site.
The remaining tour schedule includes 13 meetings.
 Board president awardees sought
The Illinois State Board of Education is inviting school leaders to nominate their local board president for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for the state’s outstanding school board president.

The award was created in 1991 in memory of the late ISBE chairman and is presented each November at IASB’s Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. The conference will be held Nov. 18-20 this year.

Nominations should be submitted by the close of business on Oct. 7. Email nominations to Katherine Galloway at kgallowa@isbe.net . Please indicate “Burroughs Nomination” in the subject line of the email. For questions, call Galloway at (217) 557-6626. For nomination information and format visit the ISBE Burroughs page.

ISBE provides ESSA answers
A frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) document is available to address concerns about transition issues and other inquiries regarding the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  School leaders who wish may comment on this FAQ document or get any questions that are not addressed in it answered by emailing: essa@isbe.net. (Use “FAQ” in the subject line.) The FAQ is to be updated periodically and ISBE said it will notify districts when this occurs.