Month
Date
Upcoming Event
March
3/28/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
Mediation to Restore Respect - Cancelled
Registration Closed
Unresolved conflicts in schools build barriers to learning, including low motivation, lack of focus, and disruptive behaviors that remove students from the classroom. With the passage of SB 100, Illinois school districts are seeking restorative interventions that build positive school relationships and model social skills. Data show mediation as highly effective in repairing relationships and boosting understanding across racial lines. The goal of mediation is to restore the respect so teachers can teach and students can learn. This workshop will share evidence-based restorative mediation techniques for use with teachers and students in Grades K-12. The workshop will show the process of starting a teacher-student mediation program, conducting successful mediations, and collecting and monitoring data to measure the effectiveness of the interventions. The workshop will also show how to use the technique to mediate conflicts between students to stop aggressive and bullying behaviors.
3/29/2019 1:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
Empowering Educators to Support English Language Learners - Cancelled
Registration Closed
Presenter: Mrs. Beth Hogan We will discuss language learning myths and realities, strategies for building background and context, and techniques for providing comprehensible. This will be an interactive workshop and you will leave with easy-to-implement ideas.
April
4/4/2019 8:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
AA #1597: Improved Crisis Decision Making for Safer School Environments
Participants will learn best practices strategy to respond to student escalations, fights, armed assailants, fires, outside emergencies, event planning and other critical events through scenarios and exercises. This experiential learning course is intended to improve the decision making and actions steps taken by school staff to improve their operational excellence in the Illinois Performance Standards for School Leaders in the criteria areas of II. Leading and Managing Systems Change (A and B) and VI. Creating and Sustaining a Culture of High Expectations (C). Participants will learn how to improve their own response to critical events and strategies to train their staff.
4/11/2019 1:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
Support Staff Training: Illinois Law in the School Office
Darcy Kriha from Kriha Law will be presenting on Illinois law in the school office. Perfect for support and clerical staff. Each participant will receive a free copy of Illinois Law in the School Office: The Essential Desk Reference.
4/16/2019 8:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
AA #1779: Teacher Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth
This is the one required student growth retraining course for principal and teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to: Use assessments and measurement model identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth; Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results; Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice. NOTE: Participants will have one week following the Academy to complete their A/D component and send their coimpleted E-Template to the presenter for review and comment.
4/24/2019 9:30 AM
IC Roundtables
Instructional coaches from across the region will host brief roundtable presentations and discussions, focusing on best instructional practices and coaching programs.
4/25/2019 9:00 AM
- 3:00 PM
How to Be the Best Teacher for a Child with Autism
This course is designed to provide teachers and educators a working knowledge of how an individual with autism thinks, the principles behind why children with autism respond the way they do, and the perspective needed in the classroom to work with this unique population of individuals effectively, increase the likelihood of their success, while making the classroom experience better for yourself, the child with autism, and all of his/her classmates. This presentation is experiential and fun as well as educational. It will answer these questions: • What IS autism anyway? • Why does he do THAT? • Why doesn’t he respond to me? • How do I create a happy classroom? You will leave the training with specific tools and understanding that will support you in creating a more unified classroom by making adjustments that can benefit all students rather than creating two separate teaching methods.
4/26/2019 12:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
CS First Training for Teachers
CS First is Google's free, introductory computer science program for grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). This video-based curriculum teaches students foundational CS, problem-solving and collaboration skills through themes related to students’ interests. The workshop will teach educators how to incorporate CS First into their classroom.
May
5/15/2019 8:30 AM
Introductions to G Suite
Are you new to G Suite for Education? This workshop will dive into the ins-and-outs of this amazing platform and help get you on the road to success. From Google Drive to Docs to Forms to Sheets and everything in-between, we will explore how you can get the most out of your G Suite experience!
5/16/2019 8:30 AM
Google Educator Level 1 Certification
Are you new to G Suite for Education? This workshop will dive into the ins-and-outs of this amazing platform and help get you on the road to success. From Google Drive to Docs to Forms to Sheets and everything in-between, we will explore how you can get the most out of your G Suite experience!
5/21/2019 5:30 PM
- 9:30 PM
School Board Leadership Training
Dinner will be served at 5:00 with presentation immediately following.
5/23/2019 5:30 PM
School Board Leadership Training
Dinner will be served at 5:00 with presentation immediately following.
June
6/4/2019 8:30 AM
School Threat & Risk Assessment Training
Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Training prepares school-based multidisciplinary threat/risk assessment teams with the tools and training needed to effectively assess and address violence and threats of violence in school and community systems. Data-driven assessments are needed to properly assess the seriousness of threats of violence – from single victim attacks of students, threats to teachers, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook threats, cyber bullying and youth gang violence - to high profile school shootings. This collection of data helps multidisciplinary teams (school administrators, police, therapists and others) to apply the most current assessment and intervention models in student violence threat/risk assessment. Attendees will be able to receive Administrator Academy credit for the first day of the training.
6/5/2019 9:00 AM
School Threat & Risk Assessment Training
Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment Training prepares school-based multidisciplinary threat/risk assessment teams with the tools and training needed to effectively assess and address violence and threats of violence in school and community systems. Data-driven assessments are needed to properly assess the seriousness of threats of violence – from single victim attacks of students, threats to teachers, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook threats, cyber bullying and youth gang violence - to high profile school shootings. This collection of data helps multidisciplinary teams (school administrators, police, therapists and others) to apply the most current assessment and intervention models in student violence threat/risk assessment. Attendees will be able to receive Administrator Academy credit for the first day of the training.
6/6/2019 8:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
AA#1900: Facilitating Student Learning Through the Library
This course will increase awareness of the impact that an effective library program can have on the school's culture of learning and will provide a practical framework for identifying specific strategies for school library improvement to support a district's mission and vision. Participants will use Linking for Learning: The Illinois School Library Standards, 4th edition, to complete a self-assessment of their leadership role and develop an action plan to impact student learning through the school library. This application component aligns with Illinois Professional School Leader Standard 1: Facilitating a Vision of Learning.
6/6/2019 8:30 AM
Cognitive Coaching Days 5 - 8
The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes. COGNITIVE COACHING FOUNDATION SEMINAR OUTCOMES: In the eight-day seminars, participants learn how to: • Enhance instructional coaching and mentoring skills • Build trust by developing physical and verbal rapport • Develop an identity as a mediator of thinking when supporting colleagues • Utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting, and problem resolving • Facilitate self-directed learning through reflective questioning • Utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions • Practice coaching and mentoring interactions June 6, 7, 10, and 11, 2019 (Days 5-8) 8:30-3:30 ROE 9 Champaign Days 5–8 provide for skill refinement and understanding of the Problem-Resolving Map June 6, 7, 10, and 11 - Days 5 - 8
6/26/2019 8:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
AA #1779 Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth
This is the one required student growth retraining course for principal and teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to: Use assessments and measurement model identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth; Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results; Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice. NOTE: Participants will have one week following the Academy to complete their A/D component and send their coimpleted E-Template to the presenter for review and comment.
6/27/2019 8:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
AA# 1865: Principal Evaluator Compentency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Principal Evaluators
The administrative academy seeks to improve interrater reliability in the assignment of performance evaluation ratings for principals. Using case studies, participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to evaluate and rate principal performance. Participants will use data collected from the case studies and compare the data to best practices for evaluating principals and assistant principals. This data will also be analyzed to prepare administrative and school-level professional development plans. In a collaborative and supportive way, participants will prepare a targeted professional development plan that considers past results and contributes to professional and personal growth. This plan will be aligned to the school improvement plan. The instructional environment indicators will be analyzed. The purpose of the professional development plan is to communicate the outcomes and findings in such a manner that the principals and assistant principals set goals for improvement. Participants will analyze their personal biases while making these decisions.