March 2017 Board of Education Candidate Forum

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EDIT:  Thank you for attending the U-46 CAC 2017 Candidate Forum! For your convenience, the Forum in its entirety can be viewed on the district’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/6kHGuedxdXk.

 

Please join us for a forum featuring the 2017 candidates for 3 open seats on the U-46 Board of Education. The Consolidated General Election will be held on April 4, 2017. This forum is open to the general public – we encourage all residents within the School District U-46 boundary to attend!

The forum will be held in the auditorium at the DREAM Academy in the Educational Services Center building, 355 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120. For CAC members – this forum will serve as our March General Meeting for attendance purposes.

The following candidates will appear on the ballot for the Consolidated General Election on April 4th, 2017:

Melissa Owens
Veronica Noland
Donna Smith
Enoch Essendrop
Cody Holt

 

A downloadable PDF of the Candidate Profiles is available HERE.
Download the Illinois Association of School Boards’ publication School Board Governance Basics HERE.

The agenda for the evening can be found HERE.

 

 


AVID PowerPoint Presentation

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Please click here for a copy of the AVID presentation given at the January CAC General Meeting.


Post Graduation Life: Community Employment for Special Education Students

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Are you interested in what community employment opportunities and support are available? Join us for a presentation on adult services and employment opportunities offered by We Grow Dreams and Little City Foundation. We’ll also discuss how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act affects transition youth, how to plan for transition, and helping our employees gain credits towards Social Security and Medicare.

This program is hosted by the CAC Specialized Services Committee and Gail Borden Public Library. Advance registration is requested on Gail Borden’s website; please click here to be taken to the registration page.


CAC January Meeting – AVID College Readiness System

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Join us for our January program featuring a presentation on the AVID College Readiness System. Presenters will discuss the history of AVID and how the program came to U-46, what the program involves and what a typical AVID student looks like, what challenges and successes have occured in the AVID program, and what the next steps are to bring AVID to more students in the district. There will be time for Q&A after the program.

Please note that once again, this program will be held in room B100 at South Elgin High School.


November General Meeting – Educational Funding Presentation

Students in School District U-46 are among those who could benefit from an equitable state education funding system. The current Illinois education funding system and efforts to develop a fair system that acknowledges the needs and costs of low-income and high-need students, will be the topic of the Nov. 10 U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting. Guest speakers from Advance Illinois will explain what it means that Illinois ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of state education funding and funding equity and how the system impacts School District U-46 and its more than 40,000 students.

The CAC meeting begins at 7p.m. at South Elgin High School, 760 E Main Street, South Elgin. Guest speakers Benjamin Boer and Teresa Ramos from Advance Illinois will discuss the current political landscape and legislative options for more equitable state education funding.

Advance Illinois is a Chicago-based statewide organization.The organization supports more straightforward funding of all Illinois schools and advocates for a strong public education system that prepares students for college, career, and democratic citizenship. Advance has formed a statewide coalition called Funding Illinois Future that is leading more than 230 organizations in the effort for more equitable state education funding. School District U-46 has been a member of Funding Illinois Future since 2014.

Mr. Boer is the Deputy Director at Advance Illinois and has been with the organization since 2008. He takes a leadership role in policy development and forming partnerships with participating organizations. Mr. Boer sits on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council for the Illinois State Board of Education and supports the work of a number of Illinois P-20 Council committees, who work to to maximize students’ educational attainment, opportunities for success in the workforce and contributions to their local communities.

Ms. Ramos is the Director of Community Engagement at Advance Illinois. She engages community members in policy, advocacy, and community-building to strengthen the Illinois public school system.


Specialized Student Services Committee Program – Holiday Harmony: Strategies to Guide Families of Special-Needs Children Through the Holidays

October 25 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin Room, Elgin IL. 

Children with special needs can easily be overwhelmed by the sensory overload that can accompany the holiday season. Certainly we want our children to participate and enjoy the offerings and opportunities of this special time of year. Yet which activities and how much? What about wish lists and media overload? How can we help them cope with the possibly intense feelings associated with disappointment, confusion or being told “not yet” or “no”?

This hour long presentation, to be given by Amy Ashland of Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System, will help families look at prioritizing the events and substance of the Holidays that are important to each family. Based on these unique priorities, families will be given the tools to create a plan to realize these special family ideals. We’ll then identify common hurdles that can pop up and create chaos and meltdowns in a child with special needs. Strategies will then be presented to help families realize their own resources and coping skills to prevent or decrease these difficult situations.

For a complete listing of this event, please visit our calendar page. For more information on all Specialized Student Services Committee programs for the 2016/17 school year, including program flyers for download, please visit their Committee page.

 


CAC October General Meeting – Explore 2016!

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Our CAC October General Meeting will kick off the Explore 2016 Curriculum and Career Expo at 9:00am until 10:00am in the Spartan Auditorium. Attendees should enter at Building H on the west side of the campus. Please see the interactive ECC map at: http://elgin.edu/maps.aspx. Ample parking is available in the lot to the west. We hope you will join us for an overview of the CTE program before heading into the Expo.

The Explore 2016: A U-46 Community Curriculum and Career Expo aims to engage, excite, and inform fifth through 12th grade students, community and business members about U-46 course and career pathways to help students better prepare for college and careers. The Fair runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) in partnership with School District U-46 the Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) is presenting this event to showcase U-46 class offerings that build college and career readiness as well as local employers and jobs in the region that require the skills taught in the District’s classes. Come learn about:

  • Middle School and High School Classes
  • High School Academies
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Curriculum and Career Pathways

 


Specialized Student Services Program – Bridging the Gap Between Eureka Math and Special Education

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Join the CAC Specialized Student Services Committee and District U-46 staff on Tuesday, Sept 27th at 6:30pm in room 240 at ESC for a discussion on Eureka Math accommodations.

The presentation will include specific adaptations made for children with unique learning styles, an introduction to parent resources available on line and a summary of terminology. The program is appropriate for all parents in grades K-8, especially parents of special needs children.

This presentation is part of a series of events for the CAC SPED Committee this year – download the flyer below (in English and Spanish) for details on all events!

English Special Education Program Series Flyer

Spanish Special Education Program Series Flyer


September General Meeting – FDK Presentation / New Member Orientation

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***PLEASE NOTE***
Due to construction at our regular meeting location, the CAC September Meeting will be held in room B100 at South Elgin High School!

 
Welcome to our first General Meeting of the 2016/17 school year!
 
Our September Meeting will feature a program on the brand-new Full Day Kindergarten program. Learn about the play-based curriculum, the new full day schedule, and teacher expectations for the year.
 
Our newest members will be invited to attend a new-member orientation during the FDK program. New members should take advantage of this opportunity to learn about CAC and the responsibilities of being a member. Anyone wanting a membership refresher is also welcome to attend.
 
Our evening will close with short presentations by each Committee, and the opportunity to sign up for the committee of your choosing. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!

Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) Presentation

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A copy of the presentation on the Alignment Collaborative for Education can be found here, and a copy of the ACE Key Facts document can be found here.