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April 2020

Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Illinois state law (105 ILCS 128/45 Sec. 45) now requires every school to have a threat assessment team established and threat assessment procedures developed and implemented. This workshop will provide an overview of the new legal requirements as well as provide you with training that is considered “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service. Participants will be able to assess the severity of threats, analyze the safety of students and staff, and develop a…

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Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connection

April 29 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Online United States

You have to Maslow before you can Bloom. Learn how to better connect with your students who have experienced trauma and stress to better support them and create learning environments that strengthen their growth and achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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May 2020

**This Event is FULL** Illinois Performance Evaluation – Teacher Evaluation Training

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 5:00 pm
Online United States

This two-day academy is for educators who are seeking initial training qualification to be legally qualified to conduct evaluations of licensed personnel. The training aligns to the Illinois School Code competencies defined by Administrative Code Part 50, Section 50.420 (a-b). Participants MUST register at least 10 days before the 1st session to allow time to complete ISBE-required pre-work.

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Understanding Demographic Changes in IL and Their Impact on Schools

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Explore what the underlying factors are that drive "ethnic succession" better known as "white flight."  Learn successful strategies that help keep entering students from falling behind regardless of their race/ethnicity or social class.  Demographic changes is a certainty in our state preparing for them is what effective culturally responsible leaders practice. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Discipline at Work: Practical Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Do you find yourself driving to school hoping all the students behave so you can get some work or teaching done? There are many student behaviors that challenge us and leave us feeling angry, puzzled or helpless to accomplish our goals. Most traditional methods of discipline do not seem to work or change the behaviors. Let's move from traditional methods of discipline to a positive behavior support philosophy. Create an environment of social and emotional security that encourages mutual respect…

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The School Leaders Guide to Social Media

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Social media is the preeminent communication vehicle used in today’s society. Still, schools are reluctant to embrace the new communication reality. This academy helps school leaders overcome the anxiety associated with social media, learn tips and techniques to improve their practice, and develop strategies to leverage social media to engage their staff, students, and community. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in Your Classrooms

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Are your teachers using technology to redefine student learning or simply substituting paper and pencil with expensive devices? This workshop will help you understand the four levels of technology integration and the part that technological skills play in a 21st Century teacher’s instructional toolkit. It will also provide you with tools for evaluating your teacher’s current practices, help you understand how technology fits into a teacher’s continuous improvement process, and help guide your school on an effective path toward differentiated…

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The Legal Basis of Student Management

May 7 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Online United States

Each school year there are new student behaviors that challenge school officials. This academy focuses on learning the parameters of student constitutional rights and knowing when and HOW to draw the line and prohibit certain student conduct at school. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Mindfulness Practices: Strengthening Student Centered Learning Environments

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This course will assist participants to lead mindfulness practices in their school to support the development of positive relationships with staff members and students. Participants will analyze the connection between neuroscience and mindfulness; synthesize school-wide mindfulness procedures and protocols; leverage the "self-regulation" aspect of mindfulness practices to support students and staff members; and critique various mindfulness strategies to determine the best approach for their students. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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What Went Wrong: How to Avoid Special Ed Litigation

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This presentation will analyze the special education case law and recent legal guidance from both OSEP and OCR to ensure that your school organization can avoid the decisions that ultimately led schools to litigation. Each case will be discussed with a focus on the missteps or omission, including alternative options for action and legal requirements under both state and federal law. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn how schools have expanded teachers’ roles and responsibilities and instituted rewards and recognition programs to give teacher leaders new and increased importance in improving classroom instruction and student achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Family Engagement and Student Attendance: Meaningful, Ongoing Involvement in School

May 14 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Online United States

Learn to assess parent engagement and analyze student attendance. Specifically, this academy will help administrators identify school-wide initiatives to boost student attendance, decrease truancy and increase parent involvement. Strategies will be given that help administrators work more closely with stakeholders to create partnerships and increase engagement between parents/guardians, community members, teacher, students and administrators. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Legal Rights of Students and Parents

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Student speech, search and seizure, social media use, technology, teacher behavior, student handbooks and bullying are not just "hot topics," they are everyday issues. This Academy discusses these issues and more. Questions are encouraged! Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Culture Counts: What Effective Leaders Do to Build Leadership Capacity and Increase Student Success

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

A positive School Culture is the secret sauce of for excellence for both students and staff. Culture Counts! Mindset: Our beliefs play a critical role in the quality of our teaching and learning experiences. Our mindsets could either hinder or help us be our best selves. The good news is mindsets are changeable. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Restorative Practices: Next Steps *NEW for 2019-20*

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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 requirements of the law while providing ways to move forward and beyond our initial efforts of compliance. Information for improving and enhancing an effective in…

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