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Leading for Equity: Cutting Through the Clutter of Differences


As a leader, do you find yourself concerned about being politically correct when dealing with issues of diversity in an emotionally charged climate? Participants in this academy will gain a deeper understanding of effective strategies for creating and maintaining a culturally competent and inclusive environment in their school or district. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Collaborative Leadership Coaching


Leadership coaching involves the development of collegial partnerships in which the coach and educational leader are focused on jointly working together to raise and improve both professional performance as well as student outcomes. Participants will understand how to engage school leaders in collegial, trusting relationships to address and analyze leadership issues or initiatives, communicate collaboratively [...]

Practical Guidance on Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan


This Academy will review the identification, eligibility, and legal factors in maintaining compliance with Section 504 in the school environment. Critical issues and practices will be outlined as it pertains to avoiding discrimination and developing Section 504 Plans that are comprehensive and appropriate. Special emphasis will be on the interplay and differences between the IDEA [...]

Leading Equity Work in a Majority White School


Regardless of the demographics of a school, all school leaders need to understand their own role in ensuring that their school is an inclusive, affirming environment for all students and staff. Two school leaders of a majority white school in a fairly affluent suburb of Chicago will share their experiences working with students and staff [...]

***CANCELLED*** Effective Leadership Teams Transform Schools & Influence Student Success


Learning in community is a key structure for addressing many of the challenges associated with sustaining school improvement. This academy will help you establish a systemic approach to continuous improvement through collaboration and learning teams. When educators are given the opportunity to create, lead, and learn in teams, great things happen for students.

AP SUMMIT SOUTH: Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You


Time management is not the issue. Truly, it is not. This very popular presentation based on a 2018 ASCD release unveils that time management is simply a symptom of one of eight larger issues. This academy is infused with deeply personal anecdotes and will help everyone identify why they may struggle with being as optimizing [...]

Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders


Learn how to expand teachers’ leadership roles and responsibilities and give teacher leaders in your school new and increased importance in improving classroom instruction and student achievement. Characteristics that teacher leaders possess, opportunities that can be given to them for leadership; and the knowledge and skills they need to be more effective in their work [...]

Caring Connections: A Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellness


Every school needs an integrated mental health action plan for student, staff and families. This workshop gives schools leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan that will identify their needs and address mental health issues encountered in schools. Essential topics such as stress, anxiety, crisis, trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, and both [...]

Restorative Practices: Next Steps


This interactive learning opportunity is designed to support rural, urban, and suburban educators as they continue to serve the total school community using restorative practices. Since the passage of Senate Bill 100, Illinois educators have embraced a restorative philosophy and the impact it has on a positive school culture. This Academy will review the legal [...]

***This Event is FULL*** Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing Using the Danielson Model (AA 1801)


This course will allow participants to learn effective skills and strategies for using Charlotte Danielson’s Frameworks in a summative setting. This academy, in combination with administrator academy 3000, satisfies the teacher evaluator retraining requirement. IPA will deliver this ONLINE training through Zoom. To participate in the virtual workshop, you must have Internet access, a web [...]

Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)


The session will focus on how to create a student-centered culture, collaboratively build and get passionate agreement on mission, vision and S.M.A.R.T. goals, and help teachers to achieve high functioning data teams that improve student learning and achievement. This session will give leaders specific ideas and practical tools to improve culture, teacher and team performance [...]

***This EVENT is FULL***Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth (AA 3000)


When valid and reliable assessment results are used to drive both individual and whole school professional development, schoolwide progress will naturally occur. On-going and supportive feedback ensures teachers and administrators can work together to support a culture of learning and nurture relationships that allow for the development of teachers and students. TEACHER EVALUATORS - This [...]

Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading, Living!


Join us for an inspiring, motivating and important academy to learn about Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading and Living! There has never been a more important time to reflect on the role of leadership as we live through a global pandemic. We know there is a disproportionate number of female leaders vs. female teachers in [...]

School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach


What are today's keys to providing a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors? Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from proven strategies on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Participants will learn how to address current vulnerabilities, implement site-specific strategies [...]