Top Teacher Award Nominations
27 days ago
ISBE is seeking nominations for top teacher awards
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ISBE announces new Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the Year awards
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking nominations for Illinois’ top teacher awards. ISBE’s Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards programs honor teachers, teams, administrators, community volunteers, and support personnel who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ students. Any person or organization may submit nominations.
ISBE also announced today three new awards to honor outstanding teachers in specific areas: the Bilingual Teacher of the Year award, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year award, and Special Education Teacher of the Year award. Additionally, for the first time, ISBE will select Regional Teachers of the Year from eight regions. The 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be in the running for National Teacher of the Year, will be selected from these 11 educators.
“Educators inspire, connect, and transform – not just the children they interact with, but their entire communities,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “The Those Who Excel and Teacher of the Year awards programs recognize the incredible work happening in and around Illinois schools, as the result of exemplary educators who far too often go unrecognized outside of their own schools or districts. We encourage everyone to think about someone at their school who is making a positive impact on students and nominate them for an award. This act of appreciation can truly make a difference.”
ISBE is aiming for a record number of nominations this year with a new streamlined online nomination portal. ISBE will announce the winners at a red-carpet banquet in the fall. Spread the word about the awards by sharing this video on social media with the hashtag #ElevatingEducators: vimeo.com/375524493.
“Through this opportunity, I am able to share my passion for teaching with current and future educators around the state,” said Eric Combs, the band director at Richland County Middle School who is the 2020 Teacher of the Year. “I believe education exists to enrich our lives and am grateful ISBE has programs in place to elevate our amazing educators. I encourage everyone to nominate an educator in their own community.”
ISBE is seeking nominations for:
2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year (public and nonpublic school teachers with five or more years of experience)
Regional Teachers of the Year
Bilingual Teacher of the Year
Early Childhood Teacher of the Year
Special Education Teacher of the Year
Outstanding Early Career Educator (teachers with one-four years of experience)
Those Who Excel Administrator Award
Those Who Excel Team Award
Those Who Excel Community Volunteer Award
Those Who Excel Student Support Personnel Award (school nurse, psychologist, social worker, school counselor, or speech/language therapist)
Those Who Excel Educational Service Personnel Award (aides/paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, custodians, administrative assistants, bus drivers, resource officers)
Nominations open March 9 and close June 5. Learn more about the Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel program requirements and submit a nomination at www.isbe.net/elevatingeducators.
JGS Remote Learning Information
12 hours ago
JONESBORO CCSD #43
The Illinois State Board of Education has announced that remote learning will occur for the duration of the suspension of in-person instruction. A remote learning day is defined as an educational program designed to provide continuation of learning for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space.
The table below outlines district, school, teacher, student, and family responsibilities to support and encourage student engagement during remote learning.
Below are the components that the Remote Learning Plan must address along with how the district plans to meet each requirement.
Accessibility of the remote instruction to all students enrolled in the school or district. Technology and packets will be utilized to provide students with the resources and the assignments needed for remote learning. In addition to on-line learning activities, packets have been distributed to K-8th grade students to further enhance their learning during remote learning days.
When applicable, a requirement that the Remote Learning Days activities reflect the State Learning Standards. The on-line and hard copy activities that are assigned to students during remote learning days have been developed and assigned by the classroom teachers specifically for their class/students and consist of the district approved curriculum. As a result, the activities align with the State Learning standards for each subject and grade.
Means for students to confer with an educator, as necessary. During remote instructional days, each teacher will be monitoring logins and Google Classroom to track student activity and will also be available to communicate with students/parents as needed from 8:00-1:00 each day. Please be mindful of parents who may need to contact you at different times of the day. Communication used during remote learning days may include emails, phone calls, social media posts, or other district approved communication tools.
The unique needs of students in special populations, including, but not limited to, students eligible for special education under Article 14 of the code, students who are English learners, as defined by Section 14C-2 of the Code, students experiencing homelessness under the Education for Homeless Children Act, or vulnerable student populations. During remote learning days, consistent communication with students with special needs will be provided through e-mail, phone calls, or other district approved communication tools. Staff will document the best efforts being made under the current emergency conditions to ensure ongoing growth and progress and to continue serving these students to the greatest extent practicable by tailoring remote learning that provides educational benefits to students with disabilities. Methods may include regular communication, scaffolding, and breaking up assignments into more manageable parts.
Transitions from remote learning to on-sight learning upon the State Superintendent’s declaration that Remote Learning Days are no longer deemed necessary. By providing remote learning activities and resources as well as monitoring the student’s work during remote learning days, the staff will be able to assess the students’ understanding of concepts. This will lead to a smoother transition to on-site (face to face) learning and a better assessment of the concepts that need to be reviewed/retaught.
Remote learning is designed to support student learning and continuity of education. Grading is feedback and communication in a snapshot of time to students and parents. The aim, emphasis, and focus for schoolwork assigned, reviewed, and completed during remote learning is on learning, not on compliance. Students are expected to continue with the learning activities assigned during remote learning and to complete all of the work assigned and reviewed during the remote learning period. Grades during remote learning days will be reported on a pass or incomplete basis. The “new normal” for grading and assessment during remote instructional days will be to recoup, review, refine, finish year. The grades a student had in March 2020 will not be negatively impacted as long as students complete the work during remote instructional days.