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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








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.