Month
Date
Upcoming Event
February
2/7/2023
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
AA #1573: Supporting New Teachers Through High Quality Induction & Mentoring Programs
This course will explore the role of administrators, especially principals, in high quality induction and mentoring programs. Topics will include the legal/ethical issues of mentoring, expectations for the mentors and new teachers, mentor selection, and administrative strategies that increase support for new teachers and mentors so that the growth of the new teacher is maximized. Participants will be required to complete application/dissemination activities back at their schools.
2/8/2023
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Basics of Teaching Reading: Dyslexia and English Language Learners (For Non-Reading Teachers)
The purpose of this session is to support educators by addressing the needs of dyslexic and multilingual learners. To begin, we will briefly discuss the origins and challenges associated with dyslexia and the specific needs of multilingual students learning English. We will then shift to practical strategies and practices for the classroom with a focus on the basics of English pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. To that end, we will learn how the various sounds of English are produced as well as review several virtual tools to aid in teaching the various aspects of vocabulary instruction: word parts, word families, dictionary use, word frequency, and commonly occurring neighboring words. By the end of the session, participants will not only have a theoretical understanding of the needs of their students but also the knowledge and resources to instruct them more effectively.
2/17/2023
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Vermilion Valley Conference Art Networking
Join the art teachers for sharing of ideas, successes, trouble shoot obstacles, and collaborate on projects! This session will be facilitated by Mrs. Amanda Nichols, Oakwood High School's art teacher. 2 PD Clock Hours will be issued for participation.
March
3/2/2023
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
IC Networking - March
Join instructional coaches from the area to collaborate and learn.
3/3/2023
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
AA #1865: Principal Evaluator Competency 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.
3/3/2023
8:30 AM to 3/6/2023 4:00 PM
AA# 2000: Initial Principal Evaluator Training
This 2-day course will cover all aspects of principal evaluations, including professional practice and student growth data. AA #2000 requires pre-work to be completed prior to the first day the course meets. Participants must attend both days of the course and complete the required Application for Dissemination for each day to receive credit for AA #2000. This course will provide participants with the knowledge to 1) identify and disseminate minimum state requirements, performance standards and best practices; 2) facilitate a common language and dialogue around performance and its impact on school improvement, professional practice, and student outcomes; and 3) encourage collaboration, learning, and alignment among stakeholders. This is a high-quality, scalable, sustainable, and user-focused content and delivery model. PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS!
3/6/2023
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
AA #3000: Student Growth for Principal/Teacher Evaluators
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: 1. Use assessments and measurement models 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; 2. 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; 3. 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 4. Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.
April
4/21/2023
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
School Nurse Networking
Amanda Sperry, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, currently serves as a clinical instruction for the University of Illinois. Mrs. Sperry will facilitate a Q&A and provide any support for end of year reporting! Lunch is provided.
May
5/5/2023
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
IC Networking - May
Join instructional coaches from the area to collaborate and learn.
June
6/1/2023
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
AA #3813: Culturally Responsive School Leadership: Moving From Theory to Practice
First coined in the 1990s, 'cultural responsiveness' is a phrase that has become part of the educational lexicon, but it has not been woven into the fabric of its practices. Seen as the antidote to the hyper marginalization of students of color and growing achievement disparities that plague our schools, few understand what culturally responsive leadership looks like when implemented. In this Illinois Administrators' Academy, three essential questions will be addressed: What is culturally responsive leadership, and why is it necessary? What do culturally responsive school leaders believe? And what do culturally responsive school leaders do?* *This workshop is based largely on the scholarship of Gloria Ladson Billings and Muhammad Khalifa
6/8/2023
8:30 AM to 6/9/2023 3:30 PM
AA #2001: Initial Teacher Evaluation Training
This two-day academy is designed for individuals who are seeking initial training qualification for teacher evaluation. The academy aligns to the competencies for Part 50, Section 50.420 (a-b).
6/8/2023
8:30 AM to 6/9/2023 3:30 PM
Initial Teacher Evaluation Training
This two-day academy is designed for individuals who are seeking initial training qualification for teacher evaluation. The academy aligns to the competencies for Part 50, Section 50.420 (a-b).
6/30/2023
FY23 Instructional Coaching Cycles
Please complete this registration to receive PDHs for your participation in instructional coaching.
September
9/25/2023
8:30 AM to 4/23/2024
Cognitive Coaching Series (FY24)
In this eight-part Cognitive CoachingĀ® Seminar series, participants will learn how to: establish trust and rapport, develop an identity as a mediator of thinking, utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting, and problem resolving, develop teachers' autonomy and sense of community, develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility, and interdependence, apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, and collaborating, utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions, distinguish among the five forms of feedback, and use data to mediate thinking and make informed decisions.