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September 2018

How to Design, Valid, Reliable, Credible Classroom Level Assessments

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Designing valid and reliable assessments will close opportunity gaps for ALL students. Attend this workshop to be fully equipped to implement the process and reap the rewards immediately. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading with Justice For All: Are you Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias, and Response

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mission statements often state that we value all learners, meeting their individual academic and social-emotional needs to make them life-long learners. We view students through our personal lens that often can unintentionally be filtered by bias. This is often the case when we encounter students who we have difficulty relating too because their story and identity is not what we are familiar with or can relate to. This Academy will offer the opportunity for you to reflect upon leading with…

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Effective Supervision and Evaluation Strategies to Use with Counselors and Support Personnel

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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October 2018

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

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Effective administrators are intentional about their leadership in shaping a school's culture to foster student success. In this academy capacity building strategies are identified which will enhance a school's culture and increase student success. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Reducing Conflict and Working with Difficult Employees and Parents in Schools

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This session will demonstrate strategies and resources that are currently used to reduce organizational conflict and make working with difficult and resistant people easier. Examples of all research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be provided to participants. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Book Study: The Principled Principal – Session 1

October 5 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States

Co-authors Anthony McConnell and Jeff Zoul will lead participants through a three-part study of their book, “The Principled Principal.” Participants will learn about 10 key principles that guide the work of successful school principals. We will examine each of these core principles, describing what it is, why it matters, and how to avoid the “culture crushers” that can impede progress. Session 2 is 11-2-2018 and Session 3 is 12-7-2018. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT***Essential Leadership Strategies for Adopting the Pyramid Model with Fidelity (EC)

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online United States

In this Academy we will discuss strategies to enhance young children’s emerging social and emotional development through the exploration of the multi-tiered Pyramid Model: a systems approach to supporting early childhood PBIS. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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How Data Demands Dual Credit for Everyone

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Dual credit and other early college options are increasing the college and career readiness of students across the state. Learn more about the impact of early college coursework on postsecondary success including higher enrollment rates, higher GPAs and greater rate of retention to a second semester. The new dual credit bill will be discussed including the impact this will have on a school’s ability to find and keep qualified dual credit instructors. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders

October 12 @ 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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****FREE EVENT***Five Key Practices for Every Teacher that Works with English Learners

October 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn ways to improve programs and instruction for English Language learners. Research-based key practices at the district, school and classroom levels will be shared. Using templates, checklists, and useful tips, participants will receive information and effective strategies to improve ESL, literacy, and content instruction. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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PSAT/SAT Dive into Data: Using Your Students’ Scores to Drive School Improvement

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Have you ever wanted to know simple, systematic steps to improve students’ PSAT/SAT scores? This academy will tell you the series of steps to dissect your PSAT/SAT data, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students and schools’ performance, create partnerships with your teachers on what they can do to drive student improvement, and how to educate your parents on what a PSAT/SAT score report contains. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will learn how to implement standards-based grading and learning and leave with ready-made resources for in-house professional development. Topics covered will include how to deconstruct standards and develop common language; communication to stakeholders; assessment design; and monitoring student progress. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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November 2018

Leading Profesional Learning Communities (PLCs)

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

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 and student learning. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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What Connected Leaders do Differently

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

Discover the power of creating and growing your personal and professional learning network (PLN) with educational leaders around the world! In this academy, you will learn the eight key behaviors describing what connected educational leaders do differently, how to connect, and why it matters. You will learn about new tools, resources, and ideas that will help you grow as a leader and help you share your school’s story. Learn how to customize professional development for you and your staff so…

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***FREE EVENT***EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

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

Early childhood programs make a difference for all children including those most at risk! If you have a program funded by ISBE or DHS, this webinar will introduce you to the EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS 3)! ECERS 3 is designed to provide a valid measure of global quality in early learning environments. For ISBE Preschool for All or PFA Expansion program, this is the instrument used for program monitoring so make sure you are familiar with this tool to…

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ESSA: School Accountability Under Illinois’ Plan

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

Illinois has a new accountability system. This academy will help administrators understand the academic and school quality indicators that comprise the new system. Participants will learn to differentiate school accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015; examine the seven standards and components that comprise the research-based Quality Framework for successful districts and schools; and compare and contract summative tier designations and Illinois Empower system of support services. Online Registration…

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Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practices

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It’s a great time in history to be an educator, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges along the way. If consequences alone were the answer, the issues surrounding managing student behavior would have been solved years ago. This interactive learning opportunity will focus on practical and strategic ways to support students and staff in a classroom that is focused on academic achievement, student voice, and restorative practices. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in your Classroom

November 15 @ 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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***FREE EVENT*** Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

When English learners receive instruction from ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers in different classrooms, it is essential for these teachers to collaborate and coordinate instruction. Using templates, checklists, and chat discussions, participants will learn useful information and strategies about research-based effective instructional strategies for English learners. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key to Successful School Leadership

November 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

As a school leader, your emotional intelligence impacts the ebb and flow, the success and failure of your teachers, your students and your school. This session will use several resources, including the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and the 4 Agreements to help you to create a plan to address, improve and maintain your emotional intelligence, as you support teaching and learning within your school. You will also have an opportunity to learn from other participants. It’s a fun session…

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Practical Guidance of Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

November 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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 and Section 504. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

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

Instructional coaches are all over education and many schools have recently acquired them or grown their program. How do you as a leader help them and the program increase the instructional capacity of your faculty? This session will hone in on those practices that build up your tool box and understanding of the supportive actions administrators can take and how to avoid fragmentation with your evaluation and coaching processes. Coaching can be a major leadership lever for you to drive performance so our hope…

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

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to lead your school community through a process that assesses the adaptability of your organization. Model what it means to be a life-long learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st century world that is far from race neutral. Begin building an equitable learning environment by examining how your personal experiences and attitudes impact your professional practices. Use your sphere of influence to create a space for loving accountability that addresses…

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December 2018

Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practices

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

It’s a great time in history to be an educator, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges along the way. If consequences alone were the answer, the issues surrounding managing student behavior would have been solved years ago. This interactive learning opportunity will focus on practical and strategic ways to support students and staff in a classroom that is focused on academic achievement, student voice, and restorative practices. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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January 2019

***FREE EVENT*** Administering High Quality ISBE Preschool for All Block Grant Programs

January 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Good to Great! Learn the keys to implementing and supporting a high quality preschool program. Using the ISBE Compliance Checklist, this academy will review the required components of the ISBE Preschool for All Grant. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT*** Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will assess their early childhood programs relative to Dual Language Learners/English language Learners (DLLs/ELs) by using the Program Preparedness Checklist from HeadStart and examining program level policies and procedures for DLLs/ELs. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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February 2019

**FREE EVENT** The Foundation of MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) in Early Learning Environments

February 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This academy will help provide guidance on ways to effectively create an evidenced-based Multi-Tiered System of Supports to promote successful academic and behavioral outcomes for young children in any learning environment. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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