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The Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education would like to wish teachers, administrators, students, and staff a very Happy Holiday Season!

As we approach the 2017 Holiday Season we hope that everyone has a safe and festive break and a Happy New Year. Our office looks forward to our continued role of supporting and assisting our districts and county residents with certification, truancy issues, professional development, school improvement, GED, and anything else that may be necessary to ensure the success of all of our students. The following items are updates from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE):

Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
The yearlong Illinois Bicentennial Celebration kicked off Dec. 3 with events across the state. The Bicentennial offers us a unique  opportunity to engage Illinois students in learning about our shared heritage and collective history. ISBE is providing new educational resources for students and teachers to get to know our “homegrown heroes” and the rich history of our state. ISBE has partnered with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and What on Earth Publications to develop a first-of-its-kind book, Illinois Chronicles, as well as a wallboard and an online platform. Hard copies of the materials will be provided to every school in the state in spring of 2018. ISBE’s Bicentennial Education webpage offers sample activities created by ISBE staff and educators related to Illinois Chronicles. We invite educators and students to share how they are using these resources and to submit their own innovative ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Together we can empower students to engage with Illinois history and imagine their own roles in shaping the future of
Illinois.

Substitute Teacher Application and Registration Fee Reimbursement:
A new law is in effect that allows individuals who have worked at least 10 full school days on the license to receive a refund from our office for their sub application fee. The law also allows educators to receive reimbursement for their registration fees at the beginning of their renewal cycle upon providing this proof to ISBE. Please take a few minutes to read the full text of the public act here. The underlined portions are the new language. The law is applicable to any educator
who had a sub license issued on or after July 1, 2017.
Following are the steps educators must take to request a refund. Feel free to share this process with educators.
1. Educator must complete form 73-02 “Substitute License Fee Refund Request” and have a district complete Part II: Substitute-License-Fee-Refund-Request.pdf.
2. The form must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the school district that completes Part II of the form. Forms emailed by the educator will not be accepted.
*An educator may submit multiple forms to provide evidence of the total 10 days if experience was earned at multiple districts.