IPA offers the Education Leaders Fall Conference in October. This conference is a two-and-a-half day event and will be held in Springfield, IL through 2018. Approximately 700 educational leaders attend annually to hear outstanding educational leaders; participate in educational sessions on how they can better serve their schools; attend one of the largest educational exhibits in Illinois; and to network.
IPA offers more than 150 administrator academies throughout the school year covering topics including social media, PARCC, PERA, leading professional development and so much more. A full listing of dates and subjects can be found here. Academies are delivered in a variety of ways, ensuring you get the professional development you want and need.
Traditional face-to-face academies are scheduled throughout the state for those who enjoy this style of learning. IPA Field Staff will be on hand to ensure the quality and ease of your professional development experience.
Online academies offer the opportunity to get administrator academy credit without having to leave the district. Lasting 3 hours in the morning, plus additional pre- and post-academy work, IPA’s online academies gives busy administrators a great way to get their annual administrator academy credit.
District Site Professional Development
The professional development schools want, when they want it, all without having to leave their building.That’s the promise of IPA’s District Site professional development. IPA’s District Site program was developed in response to schools’ evolving professional needs. Working with IPA, schools have access to a vast pool of high-quality education practitioners and presenters. Because of IPA’s status as an approved professional development provider for Illinois, these workshops can qualify for both administrator academy credit and PD Hours, allowing the full staff to receive credit from the state of Illinois for their attendance.
There is a minimum number of attendees required, but the more attendees a school can provide, the lower the cost is per attendee. Schools can even partner together to bring the cost down.
Ed Leaders Network (ELN) is a collaborative effort between IPA and 12 other state principal’s associations to create high quality, on-demand professional development for educators. The growing ELN library currently features more than 300 webinars on the latest educational topics. Each webinar is between 10 – 20 minutes in length to fit within an educators busy schedule and provide “just-in-time” learning opportunities from any device.ELN user groups can be purchased at the school or district level, giving administrators “manager” privileges to create custom content, assign targeted PD, and track viewing completion for the entire group.
*The Illinois State Board of Education is providing ELN access to ALL public school administrators and ALL STAFF within districts identified as receiving Priority or Focus support through FY18, pending annual appropriation.
With expectations for school leaders articulated by the School Leader Paradigm, the Four Phases of School Leader Development provide logic for how school leaders should move across the continuum. Titled using action-oriented language (i.e. launching, building), the four phases denote how school leaders must maintain a state of continuous growth and development.
Though principals and other building leaders may find themselves performing more or less effectively with some leadership competencies and attributes throughout their careers, the phases offer a pathway for school leaders to intentionally improve.
We are developing year-long programs targeted at school leaders at each phase of development.
Mentoring and Coaching Services
New principals, assistant and associate principals, and administrators face new tasks, responsibilities, and decisions on a regular basis and need an “expert” to not only coach but to mentor and provide instructional mentoring. As part of the comprehensive leadership development offered by the Illinois Principals Association, highly trained and experienced mentors are available to IPA professional development program participants and districts.
The trained and experienced coach will support and facilitate the refinement of leadership impact, providing reflective and collaborative coaching that raise the level of insight and strategic decision making and planning in order to stretch and achieve desired goals and performance. Coaching will be tailored to meet the specific needs, from supporting ongoing growth and improvement, to developing skills and abilities in order to implement new initiatives, to moving to distinguished performance.