April is Alcohol Awareness Month ncadd.org
In conjunction with the Pledge for Life Partnership, the Iroquois- Kankakee Regional Office of Education’s Life Education Center Programs work to improve the quality of life for children and families with initiatives to reduce substance abuse.

"Changing Attitudes: It's Not a 'Rite of Passage.'"

  • According to the Illinois Youth Survey results, alcohol is the most used substance of all – more than illicit drugs and misused prescription drugs combined.
  • In the past year, alcohol was consumed by 59% of all 12th graders in Kankakee County and 61% of 12th graders in Iroquois County.
  • High school aged respondents (10th and 12th graders) listed liquor (vodka, whiskey, etc.) as their most consumed alcohol, whereas 8th graders selected wine as their most consumed beverage.
  • 72% of all Iroquois County 8th graders and 66% of Kankakee County 8th graders  have NEVER had more than a sip of beer, wine, hard liquor, or gin.

Statistics from 2016 Illinois Youth Survey Data. For additional statistics, resources and more, visit pledgeforlife.org/april-alcohol-awareness-month/

Underage use of alcohol is also being addressed as part of an Illinois DHS Strategic Frame Work Grant. "Tip the Scale" includes a communication campaign aimed at increasing discussion between teens and parents and decreasing the use of alcohol among teens. It is stressed that teen drinking is not a rite of passage and emphasizes that together we can TIP the Scale to stop underage drinking.

TIP the Scale is a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Justice Council and I-KAN's Life Education Center to prevent underage drinking in Iroquois County. TIP = Talking Improves Parenting

Visit www.TipTheScales.org or our Facebook page for more resources from TIP the Scale.

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, the Illinois Youth Survey or the TIP the Scale campaign, contact Brenda Wetzel, Director, at bwetzel@i-kan.org or call the office at 815-936-4606.

Renewing Licenses in 2018
If your license is up for renewal in 2018, be prepared! This will be a big year. To put it in perspective, normally 60,000 educator licenses are up for renewing, and this year there are 200,000. To make the renewal process easier, ISBE is staggering the renewal openings:

April 1: PEL, Provisional and CTE Licenses
April 15 - PARA License
May 1 - SUB License

On this date, the renewal hot link in your ELIS account (under Action Center on the right of the page) will become available.

For more information with a how-to video, visit the Illinois State Board of Education's website.

Professional Development for this renewal cycle must be completed by June 30, 2018. Illinois Professional Development Approved Providers: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/prof-dev-provider-list.pdf