What is the academy experience like?
Within 48 hours after registering, participants are assigned the course through the Ed Leaders Network platform. A course guide with embedded, written activities and reflections, help guide the learner through the course. Video segments scripted and delivered by content experts engage the participant throughout the learning. This format will be very familiar to anyone who has completed an ELN course.
What happens upon completion of the academy?
Participants will submit their application/dissemination plan to the presenter for final approval. Presenters have 10 business days to either approve or reject the plan. If the presenter approves the application/dissemination plan, IPA will then enter the academy into ELIS. If the presenter rejects the application/dissemination plan, participants will have one opportunity to resubmit.
What makes this format so unique?
The ELN platform saves the progress of the participant, allowing him/her the ability to stop the course and pick it back up again at another time without losing progress that has already been made. Additionally, participants become part of an online learning community with other individuals completing the same course and can network with each other as well as the course presenter.
Is there anything else participants should know?
Individuals desiring to complete their annual administrator academy credit via an on-demand course must complete all course requirements by May 31 of the year in which they desire to receive credit. This allows time for the course presenter to review the submitted application/dissemination plan and verify to ISBE before June 30 that the workshop was completed successfully by the learner. Individuals who do not meet the May 31 deadline for submission of course requirements may submit them after that date; however, administrator academy credit for successful course completion will be granted in the subsequent school year.
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Classroom Management Strategies: Supporting Restorative Practices
In this on-demand academy, participants will explore how restorative practices can encourage a positive school and classroom environment. Misunderstandings that can accompany the idea of restorative practices are addressed and corrected during this academy. Those participating in this academy will walk away with practical tips and easy to implement ideas.
This on-demand academy is led by veteran presenter and school leader Judy Brunner.
Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in Schools
Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This on-demand academy gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies.
Mindset: A Book Study
In this on-demand book study, participants will identify and evaluate areas of strengths and opportunities for growth in becoming more accountable in the development of an effective teaching and learning culture.
This on-demand academy is led by Dr. Herschel Hannah.