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Wheaton, IL 60187

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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








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.

DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustees- Vacancy

A vacancy has occurred to be filled by appointment for the duration of the term which expires in 2017. No two townships can be represented on the Board at the same time and therefore the appointment must be filled from residents of Bloomingdale, Lisle, Wheatland or Winfield Township only. Interested parties must be registered voters 18 years of age or older. 

The Regional Board of School Trustees is an elected board comprised of seven members. This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments and changes in school boundaries. 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.

Meetings are regularly held the first Monday of each quarter; special meetings are scheduled when needed. Board Trustees must make themselves available for petition hearings which run from 3-6 days.

Resumes will be accepted by the Regional Superintendent of DuPage County Schools.  Deadline is February 8, 2016.  Interviews will be held on February 22, 2016 at which time the vacancy will be filled. For more information call: 630-407-5770

Please send resumes to:

Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent
DuPage Regional Office of Education
421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL  60187

December 3rd, 2015

Recently the ROE sponsored its first Early Childhood Roundtable. On December 3rd, 2015, 45 administrators and teachers gathered at the Center for Professional Learning in Lombard to begin the process of meeting together to share information, network and develop a county-wide voice. Theresa Hawley, an Early Childhood consultant, spoke to the group about current mandates and expectation for EC programs and addressed topics related to "best practice" for all Early Childhood personnel. Thanks to Stephanie Farrelly, Principal of Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Wheaton and Sandy Warner, Principal West Chicago Early Learning Center for serving as co-chairs of the EC Roundtable
The next Early Childhood Roundtable will be on February 4, 2016 at 8:30 at the CPL

Impact of Senate Bill 100

On December 3rd, over 100 educators came together at the Marquardt District 15 Administration Center for a presentation and workshop sponsored by the DuPage Regional Office of Education  regarding the impact of Senate Bill 100 on school discipline policies beginning September 2016. The presentation was led by Michael Hernandez and Jennifer Smith, Partners with Franczek Radelet, P.C. and facilitated by the ROE’s Alternative Education Advisory Committee. Attendees gained valuable knowledge and made significant strides in preparing changes for student discipline policy and practices.

PARCC Assessment Results

By Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests were administered to third- through eighth-graders and some high school students in Illinois last spring.  PARCC is the new state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois, replacing the ISAT/PSAE. more...

Religious Exemption Form for Use Beginning October 16, 2015

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination. The healthcare provider signature on this new form attests to informing the parent or legal guardian of the benefits of immunization and the health risks of not vaccinating the student. 

For more information click here to read the entire document and required form.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Internship Sites: ProAccess Systems and Cyber-Construction

A huge thank you to ProAccess Systems in Addison and Cyber-Construction in Roselle who this past year has supported meaningful experiences for several students in the DuPage Regional Office of Education WIA Program. We are excited to partner with these businesses in DuPage who offer paid internships to our students through the Workforce Investment Act.  These partners work with the ROE staff  in the development of the student’s work habits and useful career skills that then carry forward into future employment.  

ProAccess Systems, Addison, is a manufacturer of an extensive array of gate operators for industrial, commercial, or residential applications.  Cyber-Construction, Roselle,is a web design and development company that works with businesses and individuals to promote their online presence and technology. 

To our great delight, both of these work experiences resulted in the permanent hiring of these students.  Again, many thanks to ProAccess and Cyber-Construction for providing valuable work experiences and a job for our youth!

If there are any business that are interested in supporting our youth, please call 630-495-6080 and ask for Kathy Ekstrand.

Residents Asked to Share Their Ideas on Improving Local Government

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a number of suburban officials, including the ROE’s Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, to a committee aimed at streamlining local government. The Task Force’s mission is to reduce the heavy burden on Illinois taxpayers by eliminating waste in local government.

Dr. Ruscitti asks that residents go to Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti’s website at http://www.illinois.gov/ltg/issues/localgovernments/Pages/default.aspx to share their thoughts and ideas about how best to improve local government.

Student Success Story

The Alternative Learning Opportunities Program at the DuPage Regional Office of Education would like to congratulate one of their former students, Nick Aguilar, on being named the ICEARY Outstanding Student of the Year. This award is given to one student from Illinois who has demonstrated the tenacity and perseverance to overcome obstacles and complete their education. Nick obtained his GED as a student at ALOP and is now attending the College of DuPage. Once he has earned the necessary college credits, Nick plans on entering the Marines. Congratulations Nick!

The State of Illinois designates 2015 as the Year of the Volunteer

The DuPage Regional Office of Education in partnership with DuPage County and Giving DuPage is launching a campaign to promote volunteerism and Civic Engagement throughout DuPage County. Please use the link below to provide you with detailed information about how you can participate in this statewide initiative: 2015 Year of the Volunteer!

Serve DuPage 2015 Toolkit