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We at the DuPage Regional Office of Education know that education is the currency of the information age. It is not simply a road to opportunity and success… but a prerequisite. Our role is to support DuPage County schools to ensure that every child meets or exceeds his or her potential. High standards, quality teachers and leaders, and strong accountability are hallmarks of our office.
- Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti









Based on the valuable input provided by so many of our educators, the DuPage ROE has modernized our online professional development registration system. This year-long process has resulted in a clearer, faster, more user-friendly process. To take advantage of the many professional development opportunities that the DuPage ROE has to offer, users will be required to fill out a new profile. Click HERE to register for a class, or just to see what is coming up.

We are grateful for all that you do! Our intent is to continually strive to improve our service to best meet your needs as an educator. For your convenience, this PDF will provide a quick overview of the new registration process.  If you need more information or assistance, please contact Olga Rammer or Kelly Kozerka at 630-407-5800.

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti

Literacy In Science and Social Sciences: A Blended Professional Learning Opportunity

This is a terrific opportunity not only to learn the new Illinois Learning Standards in Science and Social Sciences but also to understand how reading, writing, speaking, and listening can be woven together with these content-area standards. In addition, participants will apply their new knowledge to lessons they will design for their own classrooms. Because this training is banded by grade levels (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8), they will be immersed with teachers who will focus on grade-alike instructional targets and assessments. 

Click here for the Disciplinary Literacy in Science and Social Science Registration. Sessions are limited to 20 slots per grade band.

If you are interested, I urge you to register as soon as possible because there are only 20 slots per grade band. Substitutes for teachers will only be needed for the three face-to-face sessions, but the PD provides 30 clock hours inclusive of the two online components, the Ed Camp on Institute Day, and the culminating Instructional Showcase in April. Feel free to contact me with any questions:

Tammy Potts, Literacy Coordinator
DuPage Regional Office of Education


ISBE Will Issue Preliminary Statewide Results from the 2015-16 PARCC Assessment

Click HERE to read the memo from Dr. Smith, State Superintendent

August 10, 2016 Administrative Assistants Workshop     

Annually the DuPage Regional Office of Education provides a professional development workshop for all DuPage County school administrative assistants.  Topics covered included school reporting regulations and the new registration website. The guest presenter was Keith J. Briggs, Chief of Security, DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Security Division.  Mr. Briggs provided an overview of the DuPage County's security measures regarding weather, fire, terrorism, workplace violence and school safety. 

TIDE Program Open House

One Tuesday, August 9, 2016 TIDE (Teachers In-service for DuPage Educators) and two of their partner universities hosted an Open House at the Center for Professional Learning in Lombard.  This event offered specific information on new upcoming endorsement sequences available this Fall through TIDE.  It was also a good opportunity for educators to have direct access to university personnel to discuss their specific goals and how best to achieve them.

The TIDE program is designed to offer graduate school courses in partnership with participating universities to serve the needs of educators and school districts within DuPage County. Qualified instructors who are approved by the participating university and TIDE teach courses. Tuition and fees are discounted from published university rates for the benefit of DuPage educators.

Courses are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer terms at sites throughout DuPage County. Course offerings are published one month prior to the beginning of each school term in the TIDE Course Catalog.

Addison Early Childhood Collaborative

The Addison Early Childhood Collaborative celebrated its successes at their third annual community breakfast. Mayor Rich Veenstra, State Representative Kathleen Willis, Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Darlene Ruscitti and other elected officials joined over 40 committed Addison based community partners who work collaboratively to meet the needs of Addison families with young children.

Ms. Joanne Su, Policy Director for the Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development shared the vision for Early Childhood Education in Illinois. In addition, DuPage's own, the Honorable Judge Robert Anderson was the keynote speaker for this annual event. Judge Anderson presently hears Juvenile Delinquency and Child Protection cases and has experiences in Domestic Relations, Child Custody and is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Education. Judge Anderson tied his work in the courts with the importance of getting it right in the early years and stated ,  "The work of Collaborations like Addison's, changes the future of our children." Judge Anderson also pointed out that a 1 year tuition at Harvard is approximately $60,000 while a child's stay at a Juvenile Justice Center costs approximately $86,000 per year. Changing the direction of our youth to a positive outcome is a major goal of the DuPage Regional Office of Education in concert with our school districts.

DuPage Regional Office of Education Receives the NAACP Community Partnership Award

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 the DuPage Regional Office of Education was honored to have received the Community Partnership Award, from the DuPage County NAACP. The event held at the Ann Reid Childhood Center in Naperville, was the annual Education Conference hosted by the NAACP.

This year’s conference theme was “Putting a Spotlight on Education and the Focus on Youth”.  The program agenda included a keynote by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and presentation of the Syd Finley Scholarship Recipients.

In accepting this prestigious award, Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent, said, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve our youth in DuPage County. My office has long been a champion of quality education and I see this award as taking that very important construct to an even higher level. The modern world requires our collective efforts in guaranteeing that every child be successful in school and in life. I commend the NAACP for their passion, commitment and dedication to children and their education.”

College of DuPage Celebrates 2016 GED Graduates

College of DuPage’s Adult Basic Education/General Education Development office honored 69 recipients of their newly earned GED certificates at a ceremony held May 21. The College, which became a DuPage County GED testing site in 1997, offers a range of services to help adults earn a GED certificate.

Diana Rauner Visits DuPage County Early Learning Programs

On Thursday, May 19, the DuPage Regional Office of Education, Wheaton-Warrenville District 200, West Chicago District 33 and Metropolitan Family Services of DuPage welcomed Illinois' First Lady Diana Rauner to DuPage County to learn more about the expansive programming in the area of early childhood education. Dr. Rauner is the President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, which helps children from low-income families and advocates for early childhood education. Click here to read the rest of the article

Every Student Succeeds Act

ISBE Listening Tour to Collect Feedback on the New Every Student Succeeds Act

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with assistance from the Regional Offices of Education, is hosting a listening tour to collect feedback on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

A series of eight meetings will be held across the state to provide overview information on ESSA and allow participants to share their ideas on how this important law should be implemented. A meeting is scheduled for the following date here in DuPage:

April 21, 2016
Center for Professional Learning
1519 S. Grace Street
Lombard, IL 60148


DuPage ROE Parents as Teachers Program Partners with Loaves and Fishes

The DuPage ROE Parents as Teachers program is excited to announce their partnership with Loaves and Fishes of Naperville. Parents as Teachers educators work with parents of children up to age 3 to provide supports to increase parenting skills. Their intake process will now include a screening tool to identify young children living in households that are at risk of food insecurity. The parent educators will refer at-risk families to Loaves and Fishes and, for those families lacking readily available transportation, will pick up and deliver food during home visits.

“Partnering with Loaves and Fishes is another way to support our families in making sure that their children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential,” said Parents as Teacher Coordinator Lucy Ferri.

For more information about the Parents as Teachers program, contact Lucy Ferri at 630-407-5800.

FBI - Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.

For more resources, visit https://goo.gl/CFWWXh

DuPage Regional Office of Education Hosts Regional Spelling Bee

The DuPage Regional Office of Education hosted the DuPage County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Wheaton North High School. Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent, welcomed all the students and their parents. She congratulated all the students for their commitment to pursuing educational excellence. Dr. Ruscitti thanked District 200 and Wheaton North High School for providing their facility to hold the County Bee.

Twenty-seven students in third through eighth grades, representing 67 public and private schools, competed against one another for the top prize. The winner of the spelling bee, Aditya Badlani, 7th grade from Butler Junior High School received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 22-27, 2016. Congratulations also to 1st runner up Chloe Devens, 8th grade from St Pius and 2nd runner up Adithya Taire, 6th grade from Crone Middle School.



On February 22, 2016, Wayne Floegel of Lisle Township was appointed to the DuPage Regional Board of School Trustees. Mr. Floegel brings a wealth of experience that will benefit the work of the board. His passion for education, exceptional communication skills, and business/civic responsibility knowledge are qualities that made him an excellent choice as a board member.

This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments and changes in school boundaries. The Regional Superintendent acts as Ex-Officio Secretary to the Board. The Regional Office maintains all records of petitions heard in the region. The main responsibilities of the Regional Board of School Trustees are:

1. The hearing and disposal of petitions for change of school district boundaries.
2. The hearing and disposal of petitions by school districts to withdraw from Joint Agreements/Cooperatives.
3. The appointment of appraisers and approval of final settlements in the division of assets when new districts are formed.
4.Meetings are regularly held the first Monday of each quarter; special meetings are scheduled when needed.

Congratulations Wayne!

Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools

The DuPage County ROE Joins 2016 DuPage County NAACP Education Conference Series - Youth Focus Forum

The DuPage County Regional Office of Education participated in the county’s2016 NAACP Education Conference - Youth Focus Forum. The conference was held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Naperville Municipal Center. Area school-aged youth and NAACP Youth Council Leaders were in attendance along with parents and other guest. The conference offered insightful presentations, panelists presented on education related topics and participated in the audience generated Q&A session.

Principal Collaborative

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, DuPage Regional Superintendent of Schools, presented appreciation honorariums to three DuPage principals, who are serving as co-facilitators of the newly launched Principal Collaboratives.  The elementary level principal is Ms. Gina Rodewald, Gower 62.  Her retired superintendent co-facilitator is Mr. Steve Griesbach.  The middle level principal is Mr. Sean Nugent, Maercker 60.  His retired superintendent co-facilitator is Dr. Catherine Berning.  Mr. Robert McBride, SD Indian Prairie 204, represents the high school level.  His retired superintendent co-facilitator is Dr. Kathryn Birkett.

The Principal Collaborative meetings provide an opportunity for practicing principals to work within grade level groups, enriched by the range of years of experience with in the group, to learn about cycles of inquiry and practice enacting cycles of inquiry for finding and solving instructional problems.  Student learning and root cause instructional problems are the focus.  Cycles make explicit the work that is consequential to goal setting/planning processes for school-wide improvement of student learning.

This leadership professional development approach is grounded in the medical model where teams of doctors work together to identify and solve systemic health issues and in this case, the school’s educational health.

The Principal Collaboratives will continue to meet through April. 

Round Two will begin in September.  Watch for registration information in May.


BETH PURVIS AT THE ROE December 11th, 2015

Dr. Beth Purvis, Illinois Secretary of Education for Governor Rauner’s office met with over 70 educators at the Center for Professional Learning of the DuPage ROE on December 11, 2015. Dr. Purvis shared her role - Strategy and Policy. She outlined how her strategy and policy work is to assist in the creation of coherent and cohesive systems for education from cradle to college. She shared areas that are being examined related to education: number of agencies involved in education; unfunded mandates; to name just two. She spoke for over an hour as well as answered questions from the audience for another hour. The audience was highly engaged. Many came from outside of DuPage County. All were appreciative of the opportunity.