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January 2018

Key Practices Impacting Instruction for English Learners at the District, School and Classroom Levels FREE

January 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Educators serving English learners find themselves grappling with how to best serve students with the resources available to them. Join us and learn to focus your collaboration efforts for ELs. Teaching to "big ideas," implementing meaningful vocabulary instruction, activating prior knowledge and structuring student interaction are key practices for all teachers working with ELs!Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) FREE

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that ISBE has adopted the ECERS 3 as part of the monitoring/compliance visits? It will be included in the Continuous Quality Improvement process beginning in Fall of 2017 - is your program ready?Register Online PDF Registration Form

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How to Overcome a Culture of Resistance

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In order to reduce stress and increase results, an organization must understand all facets of change and its benefits for long tern success. In this academy, participants will determine their personality/leadership style, and gain an awareness of their leadership style as it relates to motivation, communication and decision making. Participants will learn to identify and apply appropriate strategies to overcome resistance to change.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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February 2018

The Evolution of Education: Shifting from Traditional Classrooms to Personalized Learning

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

If the school of 2038 looks like the school of 2018 we have done a disservice to our children and community. This academy works through the continuum of transforming traditional practices to student-centered processes and eventually to personalized learning. This transformation requires significant change and the challenge to lead it must be embraced by our school leaders.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Early Childhood Inclusion: Supporting Children’s Special Needs in High Quality Early Learning Environments FREE

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop is perfect to review the components of inclusion in early childhood programs. It will also help you determine what next steps to take in your program to assure you are offering high quality inclusive opportunities for all young learners.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Equity and Racial Literacy for School Leaders and Staff to Maximize Student Learning

February 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Model what it means to be a lifelong learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st Century world that is far from race neutral. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to begin building a brave community in your school and/or district!Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Using the Evaluation to Support Teacher Improvement

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leading and teaching is complex, so it is imperative every educator take seriously their responsibility to continue growing professionally. Evaluators and teachers must view the evaluation tool as a resource for improvement. The academy goals are to assist you in recognizing and utilizing the evaluation process as a formative resource in supporting and building a teacher's capacity to become a highly-effective educator.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Difficult conversations are unpleasant, but they don't have to be unproductive. Veteran administrator Don Anderson gives techniques on how to make sure difficult conversations yield positive results for everyone involved.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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Understanding Demographic Changes in IL and Their Impact on Schools

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.Register Online PDF Registration Form

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