Front Page
In this, the “Summer Reading” issue of the Illinois School Board Journal, here are a few articles that caught and kept my attention. 
Decatur students sign letters of intent to go straight into careers from high school
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, May 6, 2022
CPS students give Instagram treatment to school lunches like this very sad hot dog
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, May 17, 2-22
ProPublica Education
New Woodstock District 200 school start times improve student attendance, relieve shorthanded bus drivers, officials say
Sam Lounsberry, Northwest Herald, December 5, 2021
Paying it back is a positive lesson  for everyone in paying it forward
Marion Republican, May 4
QPS art teacher takes classes on the road
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, January 15, 2022

Policy Page
Is the Board Policy Manual on Your Summer Reading List?

By Nick Baumann 
The example outlined in this article allows your board to complete this process in a one-year timespan. For examples of additional monitoring plans, such as a two-year plan or a hybrid plan, IASB has materials available here:
If you would like to sign up for a field services workshop about this topic, visit:
Overcoming Challenges for English Learners
Remote Learning Made Speaking Skills Harder to Practice

By Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat Chicago
As Guillermo Benitez moved through a lesson on ratios, he pressed his sixth-graders to elaborate at every turn: How did we get that answer?

Original article
Remote learning made it challenging for English learners to practice speaking skills. This district is finding ways to help.
By Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat Chicago, April 28, 2022
Educating English Learners During the Pandemic: Insights from Experts, Advocates, and Practitioners
By Leslie Villegas, Amaya Garcia
Examining English Learner Testing, Proficiency, and Growth: Before and Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
Prepared by Narek Sahakyan and H. Gary Cook Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Teacher Shortage
2021 article by Jim Rosborg, published in Leadership Matters (Illinois Association of School Administrators) regarding the current teacher shortage. Page 10.
Suggestions which made in the latest Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) Teacher Shortage Survey titled, “Superintendents’ Perceptions of the Teacher Shortage.”