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October 2019

Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connection

October 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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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Practical Guidance on Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

October 2 @ 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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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

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

Jack Baldermann, 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year and 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalist, has led Professional Learning Community work for over twenty two years as a principal and was mentored by Dr. Rick DuFour. Jack and his team led Westmont High School to become one of the most improved in the state and nation with a 99% overall graduation rate, only 5 drop outs in the last six years, a 100% graduation rate for African-American and Latino…

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***FREE*** Five Key Practices for Every Teacher that Works with English Learners

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

The focus of this online academy will be on planning and implementing four research-based effective classroom practices for English Learners (Els). • Increasing knowledge about using big ideas to plan instruction and academic vocabulary building • Implementing prior knowledge activities and effective student interaction • Promoting collaboration among ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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

October 10 @ 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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Equity & Racial Literacy for School Leaders & Staff to Maximize Student Learning

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

Wondering how you will provide a staff in-service on implicit racial bias? Start here! 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.…

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***FREE*** ECE Administering High Quality ISBE Preschool For All Block Grant Programs

October 29 @ 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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Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practice

October 30 @ 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

Find out more »

November 2019

Practical Guidance on Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

November 1 @ 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

Find out more »

Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

November 6 @ 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

Find out more »

***FREE*** Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

November 7 @ 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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How Data Demands Dual Credit for Everyone

November 8 @ 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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Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading, Living! *NEW for 2019-20*

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

Join us for an inspiring, motivating and important academy to learn about Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading and Living! There is a disproportionate number of female leaders vs. female teachers. This is a topic that is relevant to all educators- how do we grow and support our female leaders? Leave the academy with tangible and practical ways to build your PLN, support others in the field and gain a greater sense of work-life blend. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

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

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You *NEW for 2019-20*

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

Time management is not the issue. Truly, it is not. This presentation unveils that time management is simply a symptom of one of eight larger issues. Understanding and attacking these issues are key to sustained personal and professional success. This talk is infused with humor and will help everyone identify why they may struggle with optimizing their efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will leave changed and inspired to make immediate changes to their habits and lifestyle. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

The School Leader as Coach and Evaluator

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

This interactive webinar engages participants in understanding key ideas and best practices in coaching and unpack how leaders can live those practices in their daily work. Participants reflect on their own experiences, build new knowledge, ask questions, and start planning their personal next steps as they curate big ideas from the coaching field and apply them to their own contexts as leaders and evaluators. The pre-readings, handouts and homework provide relevant research and a toolkit to support implementation. Online Registration…

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

November 19 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Online United States

This academy will provide highly effective strategies and tools to maximize the performance of school counselors, social workers and psychologists. -Understand the unique supervision needs of student support personnel -Increase awareness of the mental health and emotional regulation needs of students and the impact on student support personnel -Gather helpful evaluation techniques and data-gathering measures unique to student support personnel Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

November 20 @ 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…

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***FREE*** ECE Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

November 22 @ 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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December 2019

Effective Financial & Strategic Communications Among CSBOs, Supts & Admin Team

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

Participants will be able to identify various administrative perspectives and backgrounds that need to be communicated while developing operational and financial goals and plans for the school district; assess issues related to fiscal and operational challenges; synthesize common goals and build consensus around goals and objectives; and analyze and implement appropriate methods to share principles and issues related to fiscal and operational concerns. This academy is put on in partnership with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

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Reducing Conflict and Working With Difficult Employees and Parents in Schools

December 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 research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be provided to participants. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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

December 5 @ 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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January 2020

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

January 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Wondering how you will provide a staff in-service on implicit racial bias? Start here! 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.…

Find out more »

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

January 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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

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Book Study: The Principled Principal – (Session 1 of 3)

January 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States + Google Map

Session 2 - February 7, 2020 Session 3 - March 6, 2020 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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health & Wellness in Schools Today

January 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop 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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

January 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Jack Baldermann, 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year and 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalist, has led Professional Learning Community work for over twenty two years as a principal and was mentored by Dr. Rick DuFour. Jack and his team led Westmont High School to become one of the most improved in the state and nation with a 99% overall graduation rate, only 5 drop outs in the last six years, a 100% graduation rate for African-American and Latino…

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Mindfulness Practices: Strengthening Student Centered Learning Environments

January 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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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Book Study: Building a Culture of Trust (1 Session Only)

January 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practice

January 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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

Find out more »

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

January 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

This academy will provide highly effective strategies and tools to maximize the performance of school counselors, social workers and psychologists. -Understand the unique supervision needs of student support personnel -Increase awareness of the mental health and emotional regulation needs of students and the impact on student support personnel -Gather helpful evaluation techniques and data-gathering measures unique to student support personnel Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

Discipline at Work: Practical Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges

January 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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…

Find out more »

The School Leader as Coach and Evaluator

January 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

This interactive webinar engages participants in understanding key ideas and best practices in coaching and unpack how leaders can live those practices in their daily work. Participants reflect on their own experiences, build new knowledge, ask questions, and start planning their personal next steps as they curate big ideas from the coaching field and apply them to their own contexts as leaders and evaluators. The pre-readings, handouts and homework provide relevant research and a toolkit to support implementation. Online Registration…

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***FREE*** ECE Essential Leadership Strategies for Adopting the Pyramid Model with Fidelity

January 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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 Models - a systems approach to supporting early childhood PBIS. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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February 2020

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

February 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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

Find out more »

Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

February 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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What Went Wrong: How to Avoid Special Ed Litigation

February 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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***FREE*** ECE Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

February 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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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Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You *NEW for 2019-20*

February 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Time management is not the issue. Truly, it is not. This presentation unveils that time management is simply a symptom of one of eight larger issues. Understanding and attacking these issues are key to sustained personal and professional success. This talk is infused with humor and will help everyone identify why they may struggle with optimizing their efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will leave changed and inspired to make immediate changes to their habits and lifestyle. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key Successful School Leadership

February 20, 2020 @ 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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Culture Counts: What Effective Leaders Do to Build Leadership Capacity and Increase Student Success

February 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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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***FREE*** ECE Developing and Using ISBE Compliant Child Portfolios in Preschool Settings

February 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connection

February 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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

Find out more »

Leading with Justice for All: Are You Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias, and Response

February 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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…

Find out more »

***FREE*** Five Key Practices for Every Teacher that Works with English Learners

February 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

The focus of this online academy will be on planning and implementing four research-based effective classroom practices for English Learners (Els). • Increasing knowledge about using big ideas to plan instruction and academic vocabulary building • Implementing prior knowledge activities and effective student interaction • Promoting collaboration among ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

March 2020

Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

March 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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

Find out more »

Effective Financial & Strategic Communications Among CSBOs, Supts & Admin Team

March 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Participants will be able to identify various administrative perspectives and backgrounds that need to be communicated while developing operational and financial goals and plans for the school district; assess issues related to fiscal and operational challenges; synthesize common goals and build consensus around goals and objectives; and analyze and implement appropriate methods to share principles and issues related to fiscal and operational concerns. This academy is put on in partnership with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Find out more »

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

March 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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

March 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in Your Classrooms

March 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading, Living! *NEW for 2019-20*

March 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Join us for an inspiring, motivating and important academy to learn about Women in Leadership: Learning, Leading and Living! There is a disproportionate number of female leaders vs. female teachers. This is a topic that is relevant to all educators- how do we grow and support our female leaders? Leave the academy with tangible and practical ways to build your PLN, support others in the field and gain a greater sense of work-life blend. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

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

March 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

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The Principal: Building a Staff, Establishing a Climate, Leading Achievement

March 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This academy provides fundamental leadership skills, thoughts, and concepts. Designed to introduce the most important concepts that make a school official effective and appreciated. The focus is on building a strong climate that leads to greater achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Reducing Conflict and Working With Difficult Employees and Parents in Schools

March 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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 research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be provided to participants. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

Leading with Justice for All: Are You Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias, and Response

March 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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…

Find out more »

Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

March 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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…

Find out more »

Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders

March 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

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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April 2020

School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

April 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key Successful School Leadership

April 2, 2020 @ 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…

Find out more »

What Connected Leaders Do Differently

April 21, 2020 @ 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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The Evolution of Education: Shifting from Traditional Classrooms to Personalized Learning

April 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools will become dangerously irrelevant if we do not begin to transform at a rate consistent with the rest of society. With the ever-changing demands on schools and students, leaders must be willing and able to challenge the status quo and move from traditional classrooms to progressive and personalized learning. This academy provides practical tips and techniques, but also focuses on the conceptual frameworks and habits of mind that must exist in order to be a leader of personalized learning.…

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***FREE*** Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

April 24, 2020 @ 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

Find out more »

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

April 28, 2020 @ 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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Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

April 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

Find out more »

May 2020

Understanding Demographic Changes in IL and Their Impact on Schools

May 1, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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…

Find out more »

The School Leaders Guide to Social Media

May 6, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Mindfulness Practices: Strengthening Student Centered Learning Environments

May 8, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

May 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

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What Connected Leaders Do Differently

May 27, 2020 @ 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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The Principal: Building a Staff, Establishing a Climate, Leading Achievement

May 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This academy provides fundamental leadership skills, thoughts, and concepts. Designed to introduce the most important concepts that make a school official effective and appreciated. The focus is on building a strong climate that leads to greater achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health & Wellness in Schools Today

May 29, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Online United States

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop 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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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June 2020

Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

June 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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

June 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Wondering how you will provide a staff in-service on implicit racial bias? Start here! 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.…

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Leading with Justice for All: Are You Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias, and Response

June 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

June 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Jack Baldermann, 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year and 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalist, has led Professional Learning Community work for over twenty two years as a principal and was mentored by Dr. Rick DuFour. Jack and his team led Westmont High School to become one of the most improved in the state and nation with a 99% overall graduation rate, only 5 drop outs in the last six years, a 100% graduation rate for African-American and Latino…

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The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key Successful School Leadership

June 5, 2020 @ 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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Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connection

June 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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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School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

June 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Legal Rights of Students and Parents

June 10, 2020 @ 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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Transforming, Leading, Caring: Moving Educational Leaders to Higher Levels of Performance

June 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Every administrator should strive to be a TLC Leader. The TLC Leader equals one that can transform his or her building or district, cares about others, and can do this with high expectations for all. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You *NEW for 2019-20*

June 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Time management is not the issue. Truly, it is not. This presentation unveils that time management is simply a symptom of one of eight larger issues. Understanding and attacking these issues are key to sustained personal and professional success. This talk is infused with humor and will help everyone identify why they may struggle with optimizing their efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will leave changed and inspired to make immediate changes to their habits and lifestyle. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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