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Monday, February 11
 

8:30am

Presiding & Introductions
Speakers
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Annie Brooks

Director, Title Grants, Illinois State Board of Educaiton


Monday February 11, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

8:30am

When Books Become Best Friends: One Book/Many Visits
Limited Capacity seats available

Lester Laminack is highly sought-after because of his career as a children’s book author, academic writer, and consultant working with schools throughout the United States and abroad.

Speakers
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Lester Laminack

Author/Consultant, Asheville, NC


Monday February 11, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Academic Parent Teacher Teams=Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in learning how to support families as they take an active role in setting high expectations and monitoring their child’s growth and achievement? If so, join us in learning how to follow an APTT model where relationships are formed and families learn how to use data to help their child set goals to reach academic success.

Speakers
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Kathy Hulcher

Springfield School District #186
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Baker Darcy

Springfield School District #186


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Addressing Discipline Disproportionalities in Illinois
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out about how to best address discipline disproportionalities with students in your school including evidence based practices and connections to the Illinois Quality Framework and supporting rubric.

Speakers
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Jeffery Aranowski

Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
avatar for Kelly Gilbert

Kelly Gilbert

Project Lead, Midwest Comprehensive Center



Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Autobots Rollout: How Collaboration Impacts Student Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will leave with an understanding of a multi-tiered collaborative approach implemented in a middle school and will acquire strategies used at each tier. Student outcomes drastically improve with this comprehensive model. Through the vested interest of all stakeholders, this approach brings a unique family-centered student support system to its community.

Speakers
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Katie Paulson

School Counselor, Valley View School District
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Rotelli Tamara

Valley View School District #365U, Bolingbrook


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Building a House of Fiction on a Foundation of Non-Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will explore the idea of delving into nonfiction through the doorway of fiction. Lester will take you on an exploration of one topic beginning with two fiction selections that will set up an exploration of moving through a series of nonfiction texts moving deeper and deeper into the topic.

Speakers
avatar for Lester Laminack

Lester Laminack

Author/Consultant, Asheville, NC


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chicago 8 569 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Building Career Pathways Aligned to the Illinois Endorsement Model
Limited Capacity seats available

The state of Illinois developed a model for providing students the opportunity to earn an endorsement on their high school diploma in a career interest. The Belvidere School District will share their work to build career-based course sequences, a framework for community based learning experiences, and addressing math and literacy college and career readiness needs.

Speakers
avatar for Nik Butenhoff

Nik Butenhoff

Director of Career Readiness, Belvidere Community Unit School District 100
Nik Butenhoff has worked to support the development of career pathways in various roles at the secondary level for the past six years. He left the classroom as a high school math teacher to become a career academy coach in the Rockford School District in Illinois. He then spent time... Read More →
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Dave Carson

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Building Equity through Powerful Literacy Instruction
Limited Capacity filling up

A commitment to access and equity starts with the individual and is enacted through our daily interactions with our students. In this session we will engage in a professional reading, discussion and lesson observation to examine how culturally responsive teaching practices can enhance our literacy instruction and support access and equity for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Speakers
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Kristy Rauch

Center for the Collaborative Classroom


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Data Analysis at the School and Classroom Level to Improve Professional Practice and Student Achievement
Limited Capacity filling up

Data analysis is a process by which schools construct meaning about their current status. This session will focus on a collaborative process of using multiple measures of data to inform school improvement planning, and instructional practices. A cycle of continuous improvement will be reviewed to support school teams and classroom teachers improve teaching and learning.

Speakers
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Cathleen Weber, Ph D

School Support Manager, ISBE/IL-Empower
IL-EMPOWER is school improvement! This school improvement process provides VOICE and CHOICE to schools. Our presentation will focus on locating and utilizing data to improve student achievement.
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Kathy Moesch

School Support Manager, Illinois State Board of Education
I am currently working as a School Support Manager for IL-EMPOWER. We support the lowest performing schools and districts across the state with the ESSA Title 1003a grant, completing the Illinois Quality Framework Rubric and Work Plan. We also assist schools and districts in working... Read More →
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Merle Siefken

School Support Manager, Illinois State Board of Education
IL-EMPOWER



Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Engineering Design - Hands on Instruction!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we’ll focus on the engineering design process, as noted in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), by explaining how we teach our students to think like an engineer and give you examples of design challenges that we use. You’ll be able to take what we show you and apply it to your own classroom with ease!

Speakers
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Catalan Priscilla

East Peoria Elementary School District# 86


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Going Beyond the 5Essentials Survey to Achieve Equity: Utilizing Perception Data to Targeting Areas of Need
Limited Capacity seats available

Data from the 5Essentials can provide a great starting point for examining connection between school climate and educational equity. This interactive session will provide insight into identifying areas of strength, opportunities to learn more, and prioritizing efforts to achieve systemic coherence and educational equity.

Speakers
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Suzy Dees

Director of Professional Learning, West40 ISC #2
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Sarah Ogeto

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
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UChicago Impact Staff

UChicago Impact, LLC
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Jacob Thornton

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield



Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Got Trauma? Get Tools!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students who have experienced levels of trauma benefit from sensory interventions. We will examine these topics: ACES scores, how trauma impacts daily lives and causes sensory struggles for students, teacher needs in awareness and having a toolbox of ideas to help students address needs. We will share strategies you can implement immediately to assist students in finding optimal sensory levels.

Speakers
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Sarah Hilman

Knoxville Community Unit School District #202



Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Erie 470 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Improving Social Deficits Through Theatre
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides best practice lessons and activities for students to address the pragmatic, social, and communication skills, through fine arts. This becomes the vehicle for improving upon communication and interpersonal interaction skills to be more successful. The students develop better communication and generalization skills for college and career readiness.

Speakers
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Britnee Kenyon

Theatre Director, Rolling Meadows High School
This is Britnee’s fifth year as the theatre teacher and director at Rolling Meadows High School where she has directed 12 shows. She performed in and directed professional theatre for four years before she found her true passion in theatre education. Before coming to Meadows, Britnee... Read More →
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Gina Seaton

Special Education Teacher, Rolling Meadows High School



Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Learn How to Streamline and Simplify Your Illinois Compliance Documentation
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about an easy to use, simple, affordable web-based platform to track, monitor all Illinois compliance documentation. Excellent resource for Federal Programs and all Title departments and campuses to help alleviate the time consuming process of Illinois compliance documentation. The mountain of compliance paperwork and documentation is made easier and streamlined with Title 1 Crate for all Illinois districts and campuses.

Speakers
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Mark Eckert

Title1Crate/806 Technologies


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Literacy Research: A Practical Review and Impact on Reading Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers carry an increasingly heavy workload, making it more difficult to set aside time for students’ daily independent reading practice. What does research tell us regarding reading practice? This session will provide a practical review of research and how it can impact reading instruction in your classrooms to improve reading achievement.

Speakers

Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Parenting Under Pressure
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will strengthen parenting skills by helping parents reflect on things to foster healthy relationships with their children. In addition, parents will receive tips on how to effectively build strong relationships with the school. Presented from the perspective of a parent and an educator, parents will receive actionable strategies that can immediately improve parenting skills.

Speakers
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Femi Skanes

Principal, Chicago School District #299
Dr. Femi Skanes is a passionate leader who believes that all children should have access to a quality public education. Currently, she is the principal of Morgan Park High School. As principal of Raby for six years, Dr. Skanes was instrumental in designing and implementing a strong... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lincoln Board Room 316 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Safe and Supportive Environments: Strategies to Improve Culture and Climate
Limited Capacity full

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) helps children cultivate self-awareness, develop respect and care for others, build strong relationship skills, strengthen decision-making skills, and handle adversity. This session features proven approaches to improve teacher/student interactions, school policies, and educational strategies, and practical strategies that ensure equity and excellence.

Speakers
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Cambridge Education

Great Lakes Territory Manager, Cambridge Education
Cambridge Education is an approved IL-Empower Learning Partner for all three drivers:• Governance and Management• Curriculum and Instruction• Climate and CultureIf you want to improve outcomes for ALL students in collaboration with a dedicated team of educators, then I look... Read More →
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Chris Finn

Cambridge Education
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Kelly Shepherd

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Sink or Swim: Throwing a Life Preserver to English Learners in an English Immersion Setting
Limited Capacity seats available

Sinking is not an option. Learn how our district crafted a responsive English Learner program at the junior high level to meet the diverse needs of our students. This includes actionable instructional techniques to improve achievement for both Newcomer and long-term English Learners. Let us show you how to be the "lifeguard" in your classroom and school.

Speakers
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Amanda Armstrong

Bilingual Support Teacher, George Evans Junior High
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Carissa Brandon

ESL Teacher, McLean County Unit District 5
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Leslie Romagnoli

McLean County Unit District 5, Bloomington/Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Strategies for Social Science Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover tools and strategies to guide the planning of inquiry within the classroom! The Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science emphasize the use of inquiry in the classroom. In addition to discussing what inquiry is and why it’s important, this session will focus on how to engage students in the social sciences using a five-stage inquiry process.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Elvidge

Katie Elvidge

ISBE Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State University, Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

The Pathway to Partnership
Limited Capacity seats available

As a district moves forward with new guidelines, initiatives and requirements, it is imperative that a viable working relationship exists between the Superintendent and Union representatives. Learn how, in the span of a year, a Superintendent and Union President were able to move beyond a history of mistrust and trepidation, to a relationship of collaboration, communication and commitment.

Speakers
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Parker Jerrilyn

West Harvey-Dixmoor School District #147
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Johnnetta Miller

Superintendent, West Harvey-Dixmoor #147


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Title I and Early Childhood
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on Title I and Early Childhood (EC) programs. Participants will gain insight on how Title resources can support EC with allowable activities. The presentation will be useful in understanding how Title I and Early Childhood programs work together to make an impact with students.

Speakers
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Yohn Ami

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
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Karen McCarthy

Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Unlocking Perspective with Primary Sources in Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading about historical topics and subjects is much different when reading from the actual letters, notes, artifacts, and recollections of those who were there. This session will focus on how to look at primary source documents with purpose in order for students to gain first-hand insight into historical concepts and themes. Participants will hear about the impact of those primary sources on student learning experiences and then walk through a lesson example that can transfer directly into the classroom.

Speakers
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Scott Estes

Associate Superintendent, East Peoria Elementary School District #86


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

What's in Your Writing Wallet?
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you assess your writing program? Participants will learn the critical concepts and components that need to be shared in all classrooms that expect students to write. Strategies to implement the next day will be offered!

Speakers
avatar for Jill Brown

Jill Brown

ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education/Illinois State University
Jill Brown has been in education for over twenty years and currently works for both Illinois State University in the Center of Advancement of Educational Initiatives as well as an ELA Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education. Ensuring that teachers are prepared... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Are You Ready with Evidence-Based, ESSA Approved Materials?
Limited Capacity seats available

Get engaged with evidence-based technology that unlocks potential for intervention students and drives 2 years of reading growth in 1-year. Inspire Literacy, iLit, engages, connects, motivates, and improves reading, listening, writing, and vocabulary with the gradual release model and direct instruction of metacognitive reading strategies to ensure grade-level exposure and accelerate growth.

Speakers
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Wayne Eichen

National Sales Account Executive, Pearson


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Creating A True ESSA Collaboration: Tips & Tricks from a High Performing Transformation Team
Limited Capacity seats available

The success for schools in both Tier 3 & 4 hinges on effective collaboration between your school community and its lead transformation partner. Join us as we share the Glows and Grows of our ongoing partnership between Gage Park High School (CPS) and their lead transformation partner: Atlantic Research Partners. Attendees will leave with tips and tricks from the field

Speakers
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Keith Palz

Atlantic Research Partners


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Erie 470 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

District 89 Building the Future: Equity in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear the story of how District 89 strengthened the link between school, home and community. Witness how they have set targets for equity, cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as goals providing a strong education for all. Their journey to becoming a "school system of choice and community pride" continues, as they ‘"empower, educate and inspire students to achieve personal excellence."

Speakers
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Dianne Williams

School Board President, Maywood School District #89


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Driving Continuous Improvement through 5Essentials Climate Data
Limited Capacity seats available

The 5Essentials is a robust tool for gathering perception data around a school’s culture and climate. The data provides a snapshot of the school environment that can add context to student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and family engagement data. This interactive session will provide insight, takeaways, and methods for incorporating the data into a school's continuous improvement process.

Speakers
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Suzy Dees

Director of Professional Learning, West40 ISC #2
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Sarah Ogeto

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
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UChicago Impact Staff

UChicago Impact, LLC
avatar for Jacob Thornton

Jacob Thornton

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield



Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Empowering Student Learning and Investment Through Goal Setting
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, participants will develop an understanding of the importance of goal setting to improve student learning. In order to make learning relevant, students need to have a choice in what they learn, know how learning is demonstrated, and be able to reflect on the learning process. Tools for establishing goals, action planning, and monitoring progress toward goal achievement will shared.

Speakers
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Michelle Jackson

Deerfield Public School District 109


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

English Learner (EL) Strategy Instruction in the General Ed Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation is geared toward the general education teacher who may need support in determining how to provide the best instruction for their EL population. We will identify some great tech tools to use the next day!

Speakers
avatar for Jill Brown

Jill Brown

ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education/Illinois State University
Jill Brown has been in education for over twenty years and currently works for both Illinois State University in the Center of Advancement of Educational Initiatives as well as an ELA Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education. Ensuring that teachers are prepared... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

ESSA Assessment Policy and Accountability Measures for English Learners (ELs)
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop aims to explore how the new federal educational policy, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), says about assessing students including English learners (ELs) and how its assessment requirements and accountability measures might influence assessment practices for ELs.

Speakers
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Jing Jian

Chicago School District #299
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Chen Li

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Lincoln Board Room 316 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

ESSA Title I Part D: Neglected and Delinquent
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on Title I, Part D through the lenses of ESSA. Participants will gain insight on supporting effective instruction and a snapshot of allowable uses of funds. The presentation will be useful in understanding how to manage the Title I, Part D grant.

Speakers
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Ratasha Bradley

Illinois State Board of Education
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Lazell Logan

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
Serving Cook and DuPage County


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Every Child, Every Day, Every Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Drawing from the literature on inclusive teaching in education, this workshop will focus on strategies to support students' perceived well-being. Topics addressed will include: mindfulness, equity, and embedding SEL in content instruction throughout the day.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Miriam Ojaghi

Dr. Miriam Ojaghi

Director, DeKalb County Regional Office of Education
As an educator with over 20 years of experience I am passionate about helping empower communities to reach their fullest potential by incorporating the tenets of emotional intelligence and contemplative practices.
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Melissa Irick

Elementary Educational Consultant, DEKALB ROE



Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Gifted English Learners: What Does the Research Say?
Limited Capacity seats available

Examine the research regarding gifted English Learners (ELs) that has influenced current policy and practices. Recognize the parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act and Illinois School Code that impact gifted ELs. Review the characteristics of giftedness in ELs, and explore recommendations and resources from educational and advocacy groups that you can bring back to your school or district.

Speakers
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Maggie Essig

EL/Bilingual Education Specialist, Illinois Resource Center, Arlington Heights



Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Homeless Families - Is Your District Aware of What To Do?
Limited Capacity filling up

Families in Transition are a part of our community. Is your District aware of what to do if a Family in Transition is identified? Are you identifying? Once identified, how are you going to serve these students? You may be the only advocate for these students, so take action!

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Deb Foust

Lee Ogle Whiteside Regional Office of Education


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Incorporating Sources into Social Science
Limited Capacity seats available

The Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science emphasize that students in grades K-12 utilize a variety of sources in the classroom. However, not all teachers or students are inherently able to analyze sources. This session will allow participants to engage with and focus on strategies and resources to help incorporate a variety of sources into the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Elvidge

Katie Elvidge

ISBE Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State University, Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Leveraging District ESSA Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about one district’s effort to fully maximize ISBE’s “Whole Student” mission by actively managing and communicating data to present a picture of each student’s unique journey to college and career readiness. District initiatives, including an individualized Student Profile, will be highlighted with hopes of sparking conversation on how all districts can improve student readiness.

Speakers
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Jason Harper

Rochelle Township High School District #212


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Levers for Equity and Engagement for Latino Students: Culturally Relevant Curriculum Design
Limited Capacity seats available

ACERO created humanities units of study, grades 6-12, which integrated ELA and C3 standards-aligned social studies content. Units focus on Latin@ history narratives neglected in traditional curricula. Instructional shifts leverage student engagement and build academic skills. The session will demonstrate the impact of culturally relevant units of study on student achievement and deeper learning activities.

Speakers
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Evan Gutierrez

Summit Learning
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Nataly Lopez-Diaz

ACERO Charter Schools, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Maximizing Opportunities for Academic Discourse with Grade-level Texts
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interactive session, participants will explore research-informed ideas to strategically engage all students in academic discourse that is anchored in grade-level texts to accelerate language, literacy, and learning across all content areas. Participants will walk away with strategies to implement right away to help all students deepen understanding of content and multiple perspectives, using both print and digital texts.

Speakers
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Barbara Quincer Coulter

Imagine Learning


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

The School Leader Paradigm: Becoming While Doing
Limited Capacity seats available

School leaders have the second most influence in student outcomes behind teachers. The School Leader Paradigm provides a research-based framework for the acceleration of principal effectiveness and longevity. Join us to explore and understand how this framework allows leaders to "become while doing" which can lead to positive influence on school culture, systems, and learning for all stakeholders.

Speakers
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Jason Leahy

Executive Director, Illinois Principals Association, Springfield


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Title 1 and English Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the Title programs through the lens of ESSA. Participants will gain insight on how Title resources can support English Learners (Els) with allowable activities. The presentation will be useful in understanding how EL and Title programs work together to make an impact with students.

Speakers
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Beth Robinson

Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
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Nathalie Ruiz

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Title I and CTE
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the Title programs through the lens of ESSA . Participants will gain insight on how Title resources can support career and technical education (CTE) with allowable activities. The presentation will be useful in understanding how CTE and Title work together to make an impact with students.

Speakers
avatar for Lazell Logan

Lazell Logan

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
Serving Cook and DuPage County


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 9 655 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Up, Up, and Away: Improving Performance through Culture, Accountability, and a MTSS
Limited Capacity seats available

Washington Elementary School of rural Marion, Illinois, shares a snapshot of the contributing factors to being named a National Title 1 Distinguished School for their exceptional student growth. The session focuses on their overall system, dedication to student and staff wellness and their 'whole student' approach. The presentation discusses how they foster community and family engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Earl (Tommy) Colboth

Earl (Tommy) Colboth

Principal, Marion Unit 2
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Lesa Patton

School Social Worker, Marion School District 2
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Lindsay Watts

Marion Community School District #2



Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 8 569 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Using ESSA Indicators to Drive Equity Focused Systemic Improvement
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation illustrates the development of a district improvement framework incorporating state ESSA academic and school quality indicators. Presenters describe the collaboration between district leadership and AIR to develop an improvement process supporting equitable learning opportunities for all students, and present examples of how the IBAM rubric drives improvement planning.

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Tom Flanigan

American Institutes of Research
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Donn Mendoza

Superintendent, Round Lake Community Unit School District 116


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

What is CTE?
Limited Capacity seats available

For years, our society has incorrectly deemed Career and Technical Education (CTE), formerly Vocational Education, classes as only for the "difficult" or "struggling" students and/or those who were not college-bound. Research has busted these myths. Learn how CTE provides valuable options for students to learn real-world skills for college (or other postsecondary training) AND rewarding careers.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Johnson

Marci Johnson

State CTE Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson has been with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for ten years. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning. She works with Career and Technical Education, Competency Based Education and the Illinois Learning Standards. She is the Outreach Coordinator for... Read More →
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Steve Parrott

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
I am in my 11th year with the ISBE and serve as the Technology and Engineering Education Principal Consultant. My major responsibilities include grant management of Career and Technical Education state funds as well as federal Perkins funds. In addition to grant management administration... Read More →
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Mehaffy Whitney

Principal Consultant, Health Science Technology, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield



Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

What Principals Should Know About EL/Bilingual Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership sets the tone for how staff supports students. As districts receive more bilingual students, a need for empathetic and understanding leadership grows. A leader's awareness and advocacy are important to the services and attention given to bilinguals.

Speakers
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Jeremy Burnham

Proviso Township High School District #209, Forest Park
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Juan Corona

Director of English Learning, Berkeley School District #87


Monday February 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Presiding & Introduction
Speakers

Monday February 11, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Presiding & Introduction
Speakers
avatar for Josie Yanguas

Josie Yanguas

Director, IRC


Monday February 11, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Confronting Equity Successfully
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Ayala’s approach to teaching and learning has resulted in the closing of achievement gaps in several school systems where she has worked on the deep alignment of curriculum and systemic equity strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Ayala

Carmen Ayala

Superintendent, Berwyn North School District#98


Monday February 11, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Allowable Expenditures in Title Grants
Limited Capacity filling up

Title I, II and IV each have unique identities and permissible activities. This session will outline grant requirements and discuss allowable expenses associated within each program.

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Parrish Jeffrey

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Always Hold on to Smallville: Fostering Growth Through Non-Traditional Texts
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators teach curriculum, foster character, ethics and other unquantifiable traits, focus on the students' social-emotional, academic and civic growth--all while addressing the whole child, school, and community. This session demonstrates how to utilize high-interest, grade level appropriate material, in non-traditional formats, to create the community leaders of tomorrow.

Speakers
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Wilson Kristin

Counselor/Dual Credit English Instructor, Fieldcrest Community Unit School District #6, Minonk
I have been and educator for 24 years and a counselor since 2001. I have been teaching dual credit English Composition for 10 years and am certified in 10 different subject areas from Spanish to English to middle school. I have taught at FHS for 13 years and have been an active... Read More →
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Cope Rebecca

Teacher, Fieldcrest CUSD #6



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Career and Technical Education Future
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session participants will learn about the future of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the reauthorization of the Perkins legislation. Participants will learn about the requirements for CTE programs and will have an opportunity to provide feedback on CTE in the State.

Speakers
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Marci Johnson

State CTE Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson has been with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for ten years. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning. She works with Career and Technical Education, Competency Based Education and the Illinois Learning Standards. She is the Outreach Coordinator for... Read More →
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Whitney Thompson

Director fo Career and Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board, Springfield


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Cyber Security: Today's Threats for Schools in a Digital World
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of this workshop is to provide an understanding of principal concepts, major issues, technologies, and basic approaches in Information Security. We'll also review common security risks and demonstrate real techniques used by attackers to compromise an organization and provide end-user training on how to best mitigate these attacks using real world examples.

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Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago 8 569 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Family and Community Engagement as a Lever to Improve School Climate
Limited Capacity seats available

Parent engagement is a vital component to both the success of students and school. This interactive presentation will dive into topics connecting the 5Essentials to parents in a more meaningful way that builds relationships, trust, and collaboration around improving the school's climate and culture. This ultimately results in increased academic, social, and emotional outcomes for all students.

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Suzy Dees

Director of Professional Learning, West40 ISC #2
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Sarah Ogeto

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
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Jacob Thornton

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Friday Feedback: Creating a School Culture Focused on Growth
Limited Capacity full

In this session, participants will learn about a system, referred to as Friday Feedback, which makes non-evaluative coaching feedback between teachers and administrators a regular part of the school culture. Participants will gain an understanding of how the system works, and brainstorm and problem solve ways to get a similar system working in their own school.

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Teresa Polson

Principal, Jane Addams Middle School Valley View School District
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Pauline Zdonek

Valley View 365U, Bolingbrook


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

From Professional Development to Professional Learning
Limited Capacity full

Abandon professional development that seeks to control teachers and students. Explore the interdependence of accountability and professional learning that is designed to cultivate independent learners and collaborative practices for leaders of learning.

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Pitts Jamilla

Evanston Skokie School District #65


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lincoln Board Room 316 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Growing the Health Care Pipeline
Limited Capacity seats available

Health care fields secure 6 out of top 10 most growing Illinois industries until 2026. Would your school district or career center like to expose your secondary students to these careers or expand the existing opportunities? Come and learn best practices for working with both postsecondary and business partners in developing a new Health Science Technology (HST) career pathway.

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Mehaffy Whitney

Principal Consultant, Health Science Technology, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Help! My Student is a Youth in (Foster) Care!
Limited Capacity seats available

ESSA recognizes youth in (foster) care as important to the school community! This session will improve education professionals' interaction with students who are youth in care by addressing: --Youth in care? Is that foster care? DCFS? - -Guardian? Foster parent? Advisor? Worker? GAL? Who are these people? - -Student Discipline. Suspension. Expulsion. - Consent issues

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Mary Long

DCFS Office of Guardian, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Improving Equity through Teacher-Student Relationships
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Share the journey of a school as it transforms its culture to improve teacher-student relationships and family engagement through the lens of Equity. Simple data collection and the use of evidence and research-based practices, led Eldorado to implementation. Hear their story as they continue to improve school climate and the whole child through relationship-building between teachers & students.

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Cody Cusic

Principal, Eldorado High School



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

K-5 Effective Differentiation in Mathematics
Limited Capacity full

Explore the use of Math Talks, Open Questions, Multiple Access Point Problems, and Student Choice to effectively differentiate. Experience examples and explore resources to support each strategy. We encourage inclusive differentiation--methods of differentiation that engage all students in grade-level appropriate mathematics and encourage deeper analysis and thinking through productive struggle.

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Jeanine Sheppard

Center for Ed Initiatives. Illinois State University, Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Parent and Family Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the Title programs through the lens of ESSA . Participants will gain insight on parent and family engagement monitoring tools, resources, and allowable activities. The presentation will be useful in understanding how parent and family engagement activities make an impact with students.

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Roslyn Simmons-Lindsay

Illinois State Board of Education


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Preparing the Primary Writer
Learn to separate the complex process of writing into three unique faces, each designed for developing language necessary to compose sentences and paragraphs.  

Using poetry, rhymes and fables, children increase oral expression, basic grammar skills, vocabulary, and more -- woven together to create proud primary writers.  

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avatar for Linda Mikottis

Linda Mikottis

Lead Implementation Coach, Institute for Excellence in Writing
I am probably the least likely writing teacher you will ever meet. Never having learned to write well in school, I was convinced one was either born with the gift of writing or not. After discovering the Institute for Excellence in Writing methodology in 1996, I finally learned to... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Principal, Do You Know How to Support ESSA PAC?
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership skills alone are not enough. You need to know the needs of your parents, especially those who are bilingual, if you want to have their support. Protocols and resources that may assist you in supporting this area will be provided.

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Judith Sauri

Principal, Richard Edwards School
NABE TreasurerIAMME President NHAE Vice-President


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Reaching and Teaching ALL Students: Using Equity Audits
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by the work of McKenzie and Skrla (2011), we will engage in an activity about the zone of self efficacy and what students we are reaching in the classroom. We will then discuss practical implementation for professional development in regards to equity audits both in the classroom and building-wide.

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Rinkenberger Christine

Instructional Coach and Math Teacher, Urbana School District #116


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Supporting and Empowering English Learners with the ISTE Technology Standards for Students
Limited Capacity seats available

It is imperative that teachers of English Learners (ELs) leverage technology standards to enhance content and language instruction. Explore how the ISTE Standards for Students empower ELs by supporting higher-order thinking, expression, and authentic learning. Leave with knowledge and resources to advocate for ELs’ equitable access to innovative and meaningful learning opportunities with technology.

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Maggie Essig

EL/Bilingual Education Specialist, Illinois Resource Center, Arlington Heights



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

TLC’s: Creating Thriving Learning Communities that Promote Gritty Students
Limited Capacity seats available

How to ensure students achieve at high levels is at the forefront of all of our minds. In this session, we will examine teacher “moves” in assessment, instruction, and the classroom environment that promote (as well as those that derail) students’ grit— their pursuit of academic success.

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Tracy Taylor, Ed.D.

Education Specialist, Illinois Resource Center, Arlington Heights



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Effective Techniques for Working with At-Risk Youth: Your Kids are Our Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

You are delinquent and dangerous! IDJJ students hear this too often. When youth are incarcerated, how do educators bridge the gaps and prepare them to reenter a public school classroom? IYC Harrisburg educators explore students’ traumatic history and discuss classroom management techniques, including PBIS, AAE usage, and RTL room, which help reengage students in a classroom environment.

Speakers
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Kyle Lapington

IDJJ, Booker T. Washington Alternative School
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Shelly Mangrum

Educator, Booker T. Washington Alternative High School at IYC
IDJJ-IYC Harrisburg Booker T. Washington Alternative HS
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Amie Stearns

Educator (English & Parenting), Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Ed.D Candidate in Curriculum Design & InstructionSide Hustle: Education Consultant (Presenter) Research Interests: At-Risk Students, Foster Youth, Trauma-Informed Practices, Curriculum & Program Design



Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing a Culture of Wonder and Research in the English Language Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Today’s classroom environments are developing a teaching and learning approach that create a culture of inquiry-based instruction. Evidence based and systematic inquiry approaches lead students to transferable skills and future enduring understandings. Models of inquiry will be shared that support a strategic methodology developing wonder, teacher/student collaboration, and paths for further exploration and research. Using these and other instructional elements, this session will explore in an interactive format how to transfer knowledge of the English Language Arts into authentic and gradual release of responsibility learning opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Beltchenko

Laura Beltchenko

Literacy Consultant, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Des Plaines
Laura Beltchenko is a 34 year veteran educator. Her career in public education included classroom teacher, reading specialist, teacher and coordinator of gifted education programs as well as an associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for a Chicago suburban school district... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Un-PD Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Professional development is necessary, but why do we have to sit through Sit-N-Gets and not get anything? Un-PD your school with innovation and personalization while embracing the skills and talents of the professionals in your building. These free and powerful models provide growth and support for teachers.

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avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest School District #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, an EdTech national presenter, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. She serves as a captain for Chicago’s Google Education Group, she has also presented at EdTechTeam Summits... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

6-12 Effective Differentiation in Mathematics
Limited Capacity full

Explore the use of Math Talks, Open Questions, Multiple Access Point Problems, and Student Choice to effectively differentiate. Experience examples and explore resources to support each strategy. We encourage inclusive differentiation--methods of differentiation that engage all students in grade-level appropriate mathematics and encourage deeper analysis and thinking through productive struggle.

Speakers
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Jeanine Sheppard

Center for Ed Initiatives. Illinois State University, Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Argue Less, Teach More!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you spending your time debating with students about what they should and should not be doing? This session will provide you with a system of techniques that you can implement tomorrow in your classroom to get your instructional time back and to teach your students learning behaviors. Perfect for teachers of all experience levels!

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Jennifer Moore

Consultant, DePaul University, Chicago
I'm passionate about helping schools become focused on the overall wellbeing of both kids and adults. What does it mean to you to be in a school that people love coming to? What does that school look like? That's what I am excited to speak with others about!
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Joseph Smailis

St. Patrick High School, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Belonging: One School’s Approach to Creating a Sense of Belonging
Limited Capacity full

Share in our journey! Learn how Holmes Elementary school has created systemic practices that support all students being Known, Nurtured, and Celebrated. Through the implementation of our Hawk Nest, we have created the conditions to build a strong school culture and foster a community of learners where our students feel safe and have a strong sense of belonging.

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Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Combining ELA, Social Studies, and Visual Media into Inquiry-Based Learning Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

While educators search for more complex texts, don't leave out the power of visual materials and interpretations of those materials to enhance students' learning experiences. In this session, participants will see how paintings, photographs, film, and other media can magnify students' inquire, interest, and engagement when studying historical themes. Various examples will be modeled to allow participants some examples for direct use in classroom and start teachers on the road to seeking and developing these lessons themselves.

Speakers
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Heather Bowman

Dunlap School District 323, Dunlap Community Unit School District #323
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, follow me on Twitter at @hlhb13.
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Scott Estes

Associate Superintendent, East Peoria Elementary School District #86



Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Competency-Based Education from a Student's Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight a student panel from a CBE Pilot district. The student ambassadors from Ridgewood High School will share their positive experiences from attending a competency-based high school.

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Shannon Becker

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
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Marci Johnson

State CTE Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson has been with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for ten years. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning. She works with Career and Technical Education, Competency Based Education and the Illinois Learning Standards. She is the Outreach Coordinator for... Read More →
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Tristan Kumor

Ridgewood School District


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Equity in Education: Framing Inclusive Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

Receive access to a new free tool that supports capacity building for students, educators, administrators and school personnel who have prioritized inclusive conversations for positive climate and culture. Participants will gain knowledge on what resources support their audience as well as a group experience framing a difficult conversation.

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Katie Elvidge

ISBE Social Science Content Specialist, Illinois State University, Normal
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Kevin McClure

Center for Educational Initiatives, Illinois State University, Normal


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Establishing Data for Planning, Implementation and Progress Monitoring of Evidence-Based Strategies During ESSA
Limited Capacity full

This workshop shares best practices and proven methodologies for implementing evidence-based strategies in preparation for internal and external audits. Title I Schools must ensure that chosen strategies are yielding effective outcomes for struggling students' achievement. This workshop will be useful in understanding how best to manage federal grants.

Speakers
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Sarit Hampton

Grant Compliance Manager, THORNTON TWP HSD 205
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Ida Turpin

Thornton Township High School District #205, South Holland


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

From Engagement to Empathy: Incorporating the SEL Standards into the Content Areas
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will explore different strategies that can be used to engage all students in a caring, safe, and respectful environment. Incorporating the Social Emotional Learning standards into an already existing curriculum might seem like a daunting task, but with the use of some simple engagement structures teachers can easily begin the journey from engagement to empathy

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Jenny Ersler

Instructional Coach, CCSD 46-Grayslake Middle School
I have been in education for 14 years, 9 of which have been with CCSD 46. I taught 7th and 8th grade science for 8 years and recently, at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, accepted the position of instructional coach. I enjoy working with and providing support to all of the... Read More →
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Laura Golden

instructional coach, Community Consolidated District #46
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Tami Singer

Instructional Coach, Community Consolidated School District 46 Grayslake, IL
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Barbara Zarras

Grayslake Community Consolidated School District #46


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

How Do We Inspire, Develop, and Support Great Illinois Teachers?
Limited Capacity seats available

For over 30 years, the Golden Apple Foundation has been inspiring, developing, and supporting teachers in schools-of-need. Even with almost 700 prospective teachers in undergraduate preparation, we know that more must be done to find highly qualified teachers, especially in urban/rural communities. Learn about how Golden apple is working to solve the quality teacher crisis and articulate your needs.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Mather

Alan Mather

President, Golden Apple Foundation of Illinois
After coming to Chicago from rural Indiana, I was a teacher, principal, and district leader for the Chicago Public Schools for over 32 years. I then left to be the President of the Golden Apple Foundation, whose mission is to inspire, develop, and support educator and school leader... Read More →


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Living miDream: Developing Talent in Pursuit of Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

Living miDream explores the questions: Who am I? Where do I want to go? How will I get there? What difference will I make? Students will share their experiences through compelling digital stories. Learn how to teach the whole child with high-performing results where students take responsibility for their personalized journey through this research-based, best practices model.

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Jaden Collins

Newark Community High School
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Andy Franklin

Kaneland High School, Maple Park
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Bella Marmo

Newark Community High School
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Carol Navarro

Newark Community High School
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Lindsey Norman

Kaneland High School, Maple Park
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Jocelyn Peshia

Newark Community High School
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Roger Sanders

Valley Education for Employment System
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Alex Wampler

Newark Community High School


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Non-Newspaper Stories: Reaching All Student Goals in Your SIP!
Limited Capacity seats available

At Yorkville Intermediate School, we believe in a REAL working School Improvement Plan with REAL teacher ownership and input achieving REAL results for each student's academic and social emotional learning. Participants will leave with immediate strategies to bring back to their respective teams.

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Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Using a Data Matrix to Increase Achievement for All Learners
Limited Capacity full

This presentation addresses the process of collating student data into a matrix in order to analyze reading and mathematics performance to determine appropriate interventions and enrichment activities and measure their impact. The presenters will cover the development of the matrix, data meeting agenda, subsidization of interventions and the process for determining academic return on investment.

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Rose Heather

Forest Ridge School District #142
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Leppert Lori

Forest Ridge School District #142


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Vocabulary: Express Yourself!
Limited Capacity full

From what they are feeling, to what they want to accomplish, to highlighting their strengths, students often have a difficult time accurately communicating due to a limited vocabulary. Come learn how to help students expand their word-base through a variety of vocabulary centered activities. This interactive session will walk you through lessons designed to excite and engage students.

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Charles Williams

Plato Learning Academy, Chicago


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Lincoln Board Room 316 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Workforce Readiness Act: Equity for All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The transformation of public education to Competency-Based will bring equity to all students. CBE goes beyond standard based grading. Learn how students can fulfill criteria to earn an endorsement on diplomas, partner with industry, and develop an individualized learning plan. Through interactive activities and reflection, you will see why a number of districts have come on board.

Speakers
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Eric Lasky

STEM Division Head, Ridgewood High School District 234, Norridge


Monday February 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

4:15pm

Illinois Association of Title I Directors Open Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

The Illinois Association of Title I Directors invites members and prospective members to an open meeting. The meeting will provide updates on issues pertaining to Directors of Title I programs and will be an opportunity to ask questions of state officers. Please plan to attend to share information, learn about IATD services, and meet with Title I Director colleagues.

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Larry McVey

Director of Title I, SPRINGFIELD SD 186
Current President IL Title I Director's Association


Monday February 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL
 
Tuesday, February 12
 

8:30am

Presiding & Introduction
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Cindy Berrey

Program Director, THE CENTER RESOURCES TEACH & LEARN


Tuesday February 12, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

8:30am

If We Build It But They Don't Come: The Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Impact on Student Attendance
Limited Capacity seats available

Taylor focuses on services and policies by consulting with policymakers and professionals on behalf of the community of individuals with exceptional needs. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and provided professional learning and seminars on multiple topics. Including collaborative teaching, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Response to Intervention), and developmentally appropriate practice

Speakers
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Antoinette Taylor

Exceptional Needs Consultant


Tuesday February 12, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Be the Change: Rethinking How We Do School in an ESSA and EBFM Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

This session describes strategies supporting student achievement and growth. Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer Renaissance Learning will discuss literacy research and implementation of research-based best practices. Dr. Roberts will share how her district redesigned core and MTSS instruction and retooled the school day to grow student outcomes.

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Keely Roberts

Zion School District #6


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Classroom Management in the Millennial Age!
Limited Capacity full

Today's students have grown up with worldwide chaos which has eroded their trust and respect in adults. Learn how to create a safe environment through developing a classroom environment which creates mutual respect for both the students and teacher. You will be able to deliver your important lessons and students will take the "risk" to engage and deepen their understanding of lesson content.

Speakers
avatar for Cyndee Kawalek

Cyndee Kawalek

Educational Trainer and Consultant, Cyndee's Teacher Training
My role in all of my education positions has always been as an "Agent of Change" for both students and educators. I have been committed to sharing my educational philosophies on Classroom Management, Student Engagement, and Classroom Community Building. My background in Social Work... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Coaching for Systems Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Build on your current coaching efforts and avoid common challenges. Learn how to leverage existing staff roles to provide effective coaching that aligns with improvement goals and extends professional learning. The Illinois MTSS Network evidence-based coaching model includes Jim Knight's coaching principles and gradual release of responsibility to build district and school capacvity to support sustainable change.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Hensold

Lori Hensold

Professional Learning Coordinator, Illinois MTSS Network



Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Creating a Statewide Professional Learning Community (PLC) Using Ed360 and Ed Leaders Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how your district can leverage ISBE’s Ed360 data dashboard and IPA’s Ed Leaders Network (ELN) professional development platform to improve learning for students and staff. The seamless integration of these two technologies (Ed360 and ELN) provides districts the data needed to make informed decisions and the professional development required to support implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Johnson

Marci Johnson

State CTE Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson has been with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for ten years. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning. She works with Career and Technical Education, Competency Based Education and the Illinois Learning Standards. She is the Outreach Coordinator for... Read More →
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Arlin Peebles

Online PD Director, Illinois Principals Association (IPA)
Arlin Peebles serves as the Online Professional Development Director for the Illinois Principals Association. In this role he assists educational experts and practitioners in the development of online learning opportunities for educational leaders. He also oversees the Ed Leaders... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Creating a Trauma Sensitive Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Childhood trauma can have a direct impact on a student's ability to learn. Understanding the impact that trauma can have on the student's academic achievement and behavior is essential in order to support students in a safe learning environment. This session will showcase the steps our district is taking to bring awareness of childhood trauma and create trauma sensitive schools.

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Asbury

Kendra Asbury

President, Belvidere School District 100
I'm a part-time release high school English teacher and union president at Belvidere High School, and I'm currently in the C&I Doctoral Program at Aurora University. Through an NEA grant, Belvidere CUSD #100, the BEA, and the Boone County Health Department are collaborating to bring... Read More →
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Megan Johnson

Assistant Superintendent, Belvidere Community Unit School District #100
I am a mother of two, a wife, daughter, sister, friend, and life long learner. I love to hang out with friends and my family. I enjoy exercising and traveling. I love watching sports and am always a fan of an "underdog" story. I choose to be an educator because I love working with... Read More →



Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Equity and Access: Using Instructional Technology to Increase Mathematics Proficiency
Limited Capacity seats available

We will discuss how instructional technology can be leveraged to increase access and equity for all students. All students come to us with powerful cognitive, linguistic, and cultural assets. The Imagine Math suite is an adaptive software that scaffolds up to attend to mathematics students' various entry points into new mathematics curriculum while building conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

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Katie Horneland

Imagine Learning


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Every Student Counts-Every Day Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Student attendance has become a critical data point for school district recognition, funding and serving the needs of students in learning. Join members of the Illinois Attendance Commission in this interactive session and learn more about the important changes occurring regarding attendance. Come and share your successes, challenges, feedback and recommendations to inform the Commission's reports to the General Assembly.

Speakers
avatar for Antoinette Taylor

Antoinette Taylor

Exceptional Needs Consultant


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Freshman Mentoring: Developing a Counseling Curriculum which meets the ESSA Career Readiness Indicators
Limited Capacity seats available

A comprehensive counseling program that meets the ESSA Career Readiness indicators relies on a strong start during students' freshman year. Creating a first year mentoring program that encompasses SEL and postsecondary planning is one strategy to ensure students' competency in these areas. This presentation will explore the implementation and results of our program.

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Ryan Rubenstein

Lake Zurich Community Unit School District #95


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Leading Ed Partnerships: The SEED and EIR U.S. D.O.E.Grant Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Attend this session to learn about the innovative research-study that establishes the "Principal as Instructional Leader" and the vision for a post-grant legacy: the ROE: HUB" Concept to be founded by ROEs 1, 17, 19, and 28. Learn also how your school/district might access IAA Course #1897, Cycles of Inquiry for Finding and Solving Problems (Cosner, 2018) in future years.

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Alicia Haller

DuPage County Regional Office of Education #19, Wheaton
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Lisa Hood

Senior Policy Analyst, Illinois State University
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Erika Hunt

Illinois State University, Normal


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Math Stations: Using Data to Support Instructional Decisions
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you living in a constant battle between analyzing data and planning instruction? If you are looking for ways to maximize student growth but minimize the time spent re-teaching and adjusting instruction while staying on pace with your district curriculum, then you are in the right place.

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Trilli-Mayfield Lisa

instructional math coach, Joliet School District 86


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Multi-Genre Memoirs: A Semester-long Capstone Writing Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ "We Were Eight Years in Power", seniors spend their final semester preparing their capstone writing experience: a memoir chronicling their last four years. Hear how we guide students with mentor texts from various genres to directly influence their own authentic writing. At the semester’s end, students choose various mediums to showcase their memoir.

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Mark Landuyt

Teacher, Mundelein High School
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Sarah Menas

English Teacher, Mundelein High School District 120


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Nurturing Future World-Changers...Fundamentals to Brain Development
Limited Capacity seats available

90% of all childhood brain development occurs before the age of five years and a child’s experience during this period will have a lifelong impact. Nurturing future world-changers will help both early educators and parents to create an engaging learning experience to foster a child’s positive brain development while sowing the seed for an enriching love of learning.

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Wanikka Vance-Clark

Founder, AdVANCEment Learning/Foundations 4 AdVANCEment
Mrs. Wanikka Vance-Clark is the Founder and CEO of Foundations 4 adVANCEmentChristian Early Childhood Academy, adVANCEment Learning Publications, AlphaVANCE Tutor Spa, adVANCEd Clark Parent Resource center, and the Wanikka Vance Children Center. Mrs. Vance-Clark is a master teacher... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Play-Based Learning in Kindergarten
Limited Capacity seats available

This session features a 25-minute documentary on play-based learning, created by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest. The documentary highlights two Illinois school districts that made the transition to play-based kindergarten and the evidence for this approach. Session participants will discuss the implementation of playa-based learning, what skiills can be learned through play, and assessment approaches in play-based classrooms.

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Jill Bowdon

Senior Researcher, REL Midwest
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Billie Day

Researcher, American Institutes for Research



Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Chicago 9 655 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Putting the Pieces Together: Building Your MTSS Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to build Multi-tiered Systems of support that meet the needs of all learners within a school. Come hear one intermediate school's success with creating a system from the ground up. Information will be provided in the areas of assessment, data collection, data-based decision-making, and tiered supports in multiple areas.

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Erin Dwyer

Elementary Principal, Darien School District 61
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Ashley Koney

DARIEN SD 61
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Greta Madison

School Psychologist, LADSE/Darien 61
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Kim Schultz

Darien School District #61


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Supporting English Learners in a Language-Rich Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is an interactive approach to creating a language-rich experience for students. The presentation provides an overview of a language-rich environment, and embeds best-practice interactive activities throughout the workshop. Activities offer the attendee an experience to feel like an English Learner, while learning effective strategies that can be implemented into any content.

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Dr. Stephanie Diaz

Grayslake School District 46


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Supporting SEL with a K-5 STEAM Space
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will explore a STEAM Space that helps students to acquire and model SEL skills while exploring the hands-on challenge. SEL goal 1 includes a standard to "Recognize personal qualities and external supports", building on the need to seek out information. SEL Goal 2 includes the ability to recognize the perspectives of others and use communication to interact effectively with others.

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Lisa Ward

Content Specialist for Learning Supports, Illinois State University, Normal
Special education educator for 20+ years and currently a content specialist for learning supports with Illinois State University/ISBE. Masters degrees in Special Education and Learning and Technology. My team and I have been creating resources for Illinois teachers for 5 years. As... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

The Illinois Family Collaborative: A Family Engagement Partnership
Limited Capacity seats available

Family Engagement is acknowledged as a critical piece of school improvement planning in the Illinois ESSA Plan. Where can districts find information about family engagement resources available in our state? Please join us to learn about an innovative group of state projects and agencies organized into a collaborative partnership to provide resources for families and school districts in Illinois!

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Roxanna Alldredge

Family Collaborative, Network Capacity Coach, Illinois MTSS Network
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Schuster Terry

Illinois MTSS Network, Sterling


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Tier 1 Tune-Up: 30 second Interventions To Change The Course of Your Day
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Join us for a high energy interactive program to learn Tier 1 30 second interventions that will change the course of your day. Participants will be actively engaged by playing the role of a student in a classroom while techniques are taught and actively put into use to increase the participants’ depth of knowledge and understanding of these interventions.

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Karen Brunner

Psychologist, Rockford School District 205
Karen has been a licensed School Psychologist since 1994. The majority of her career focused on supporting students with intense behavioral needs K-12. She is passionate about coaching teachers on effective behavioral strategies and in supporting "that ONE child" that challenges every... Read More →
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Kelly Langworthy

Wheaton Community Unit District 200



Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Coaching and Conferencing Conversations Protocols for Disciplined Dialogue
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This session provides attendees an opportunity to "learn by doing" the four steps necessary to facilitate an effective focused conversation to be used for meetings and/or coaching opportunities.

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Molly Allen

LEAD Support Coordinator, ROE #17
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Scott Kuffel

LEAD Grant Coordinator & Coach, Regional Office of Education #28, Atkinson
Retired superintendent of the Geneseo CUSD 228 schools. Focusing on leadership coaching, engagement, facilitation with school administrators.


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Lincoln Board Room 316 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

10:00am

Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Early Education: A Multi-media Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Many young children are exposed to potentially traumatic events in their homes or communities, impacting their ability to learn at school. Their challenges staying focused and appropriately regulating emotions and behaviors can present difficulties for the whole classroom. This workshop addresses how trauma impacts young students, how educators can support traumatized children in classrooms, offering resources to support this work.

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Cassandra Kisiel

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago


Tuesday February 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

A Quest for Equity in Illinois
Limited Capacity seats available

Come be a part of the discussion about Equity in Education in Illinois. This is a conversation that you want to be a part of. For years we have professed our desire to educate all children; however we have come short year after year even with the advances in EdTech. The data shows a great disparity in the achievement of minorities.

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Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest School District #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, an EdTech national presenter, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. She serves as a captain for Chicago’s Google Education Group, she has also presented at EdTechTeam Summits... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

A Sweet Suite of PreK-2 Formative Assessment Systems Developed in Illinois!
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide an overview of three excellent formative assessment systems for PreK and K-2 classrooms that were primarily developed in ILLINOIS by people and organizations you may know! All three resources work well together across the PreK-2 grade band. Leave this session with everything you need to evaluate each resource and decide if it belongs in your classroom.

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Early Learning Scale

We offer the following assessment and instructional resources for PreK-2:--Early Learning Scale PreK assessment and data management system (see www.myelsonline.org)--Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy for K-2 screening, diagnostics and progress monitoring.--K-2 Lessons for listening... Read More →



Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Broadening the Definition of Student Success
Limited Capacity full

Measuring student success requires moving beyond standardized test scores toward a multi-dimensional and personalized set of indicators. The Personalized Learner Profile paints a portrait of a student against a backdrop of a student’s interests, motivations, goals and aspirations. The PLP allows schools to more accurately assess and communicate readiness at the individual student level.

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Melina Wright

ECRA Group


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Chronic Absenteeism: A Student-Centered Approach
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Share the journey of one school district as it transforms itself from a traditional attendance philosophy to a student-centered attendance approach through simple evidence and research-based practices. Finally, hear about their future as they continue to build safe and supportive schools, address conflict, improve school climate, and build a positive school culture.

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Junk Kevin

American Institutes for Research



Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Effective Vocabulary Instruction in Five Easy Steps
Limited Capacity full

Effective vocabulary instruction increases reading comprehension and increases school success. Join this session to examine findings providing the evidence-based foundation for rich vocabulary instruction. Have fun as you learn 5 easy steps to integrate vocabulary development into class routines and engage students in meaningful use of word meanings in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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Ellen Edmonds

Executive Director of Professional Development, W.H. Sadlier, Inc.
I am Executive Director of Professional Development for W.H. Sadlier, Inc. and have extensive experience supporting professional learning for classroom educators and administrators nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics. I have provided leadership in reading and... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Ensuring Parent Centered Engagement: Family and Community Engagement in Tiers 3 and 4 Title Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide participants with innovative strategies to engage parents in topics of importance to Title I Schools. The Parent Summit and Chat and Chew Sessions are highly effective vehicles that can be used to provide parents with a forum to share their voices, while also promoting a viable way of partnering for collective student success.

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Ebonie Williams

Principal, Thornton Township High School District 205


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Gear Up for STEM - CANCELLED
Limited Capacity full

Peck School STEM learners excel in learning real world experiences that are engaging and collaborative. These 21st century educational experiences are intentionally planned to immerse students in academic talk while simultaneously acquiring problem-solving skills in order to compete and excel nationally and internationally. This session showcases implementing effective STEM learning with fidelity.

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Suzanne Amra

Ferdinand W Peck School
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Okab Hassan

Principal, Ferdinand W Peck School


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Illinois' Rural Schools Listening Tour Findings
Limited Capacity seats available

David Ardrey, Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, will share highlights of his Illinois Rural Schools "Listening Tours". He will discuss the "rural school advantage" and the positive aspects of calling a rural place home, as well as the challenges rural educators, particularly principals, face in serving an increasingly diverse student demographic in a time of diminishing resources.

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Ardrey David

Illinois Association of Rural and Small Schools, SIU


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Keeping Our Common Sense with Common Core: Engaging with Informational Text
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will examine and reflect upon the features of primary classrooms that teach beginning reading and writing with an emphasis on informational text. What do the standards say? What does research say? What do we say?

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Stephanie Delgrosso

Director of Teaching & Learning, Cook County School District 130
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Graig C Mason

Cook County School District 130, Blue Island



Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

KIDS Data: How Does it Correlate?
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about a school district's approach to correlating KIDS data with MAP achievement data and how this can change Pre-K and K instruction as well as parent engagement practices.

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James Duggan

Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Leadership in Action - SEL Integration Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from SEL integration experiences at the classroom, school, district, and state level working together to plan, implement, and monitor work to build student capacities in social emotional learning. This team began its journey at the ESSA 2017 conference and has a year of experience that they believe will help support other schools and districts in their strategic efforts.

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Fickes Brett

THORNTON TWP HSD 205
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Kevin McClure

Center for Educational Initiatives, Illinois State University, Normal
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Ida Turpin

Thornton Township High School District #205, South Holland


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Play IS Their Work
Limited Capacity seats available

An unintended consequence of the push-down of academic rigor has been the vanishing of developmentally appropriate instructional methods in the early grades. In this session, we will discuss the value in PLAY for our youngest learners and the role of the teacher in ensuring that social/emotional and academic standards are addressed through play.

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Michelle Escapa

KIDS Coordinator, KIDS
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Peggy Potthoff

KIDS Coach & Professional Learning Consultant, Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education 51, Springfield


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

PWR Transitional Math: Resource Development Update
Limited Capacity seats available

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act’s transitional math courses are being implemented. To support teachers, free curricular resources are being developed and piloted. Join us to learn more about the development of these resources which include competency rubrics, scope and sequence charts, and unit maps with curated and created free authentic tasks aligned to careers.

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Kathleen Almy

Illinois Director for Transitional Math, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
Nik Butenhoff has worked to support the development of career pathways in various roles at the secondary level for the past six years. He left the classroom as a high school math teacher to become a career academy coach in the Rockford School District in Illinois. He then spent time... Read More →
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Anji Garza

Director of PL, Regional Office of Education #47, Sterling
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Jeanine Sheppard

Center for Ed Initiatives. Illinois State University, Normal


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

Screening: No Small Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years.

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Rachel Giannini

Educator/ Video Blog Host, Kindling Group
Rachel Giannini is a childhood specialist, an early childhood advocate, and a video blog host. Rachel has an extreme enthusiasm for all things early childhood. She believes in the power of play, getting dirty, climbing trees, stargazing, pretending, and the idea that learning is magical... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 9 655 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

SMARTER Not Harder: Using MTSS and Data to Improve Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

Multi-tiered System of Supports is the platform that sustains the varied frameworks, initiatives and guidelines educators and administrators are required to implement on a daily basis. This interactive session will give participants practical strategies and resources to support data usage to inform tiered supports to improve behavior, academic and attendance outcomes for students regardless of ability, disability or twice exceptionality.

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elizabeth rothkopf

Birth-To-Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Project, Community Liaison, Illinois State University, Normal
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Antoinette Taylor

Exceptional Needs Consultant


Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

The T-SIP: Targeted School Improvement Plan and Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Want a different approach to school improvement that closes achievement gaps and builds equity? Join our interactive session about a process and tools used across the state for creating targeted school improvement plans. Learn ways to identify what matters most to schools and walk away with practical, concrete methods to support both adult and student growth in your school.

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Dianne Betts

North Cook Intermediate Service Center,, Des Plaines
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Michael Czerniawski

School Improvement Specialist, West Cook Intermediate Service Center #2, Hillside
All students deserve a great education. To make that happen, I center my work on coaching educational leaders in enhancing district and school improvement efforts. I specialize in helping educators focus on the changes to leadership, instruction, professional learning communities... Read More →
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Kathleen Doyle

South Cook Intermediate Service Center, Chicago Heights



Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:15am

What's the GIST of Personalized Learning and EDTECH?
Limited Capacity seats available

Educational Technology is the leading force to Personalized Learning in today's classrooms.There are many components of Personalized Learning that enhance and promote agency, authority, and identity. As scholars progress in the academic learning environment it is vitally important to peek into the learners' interest, in order for them to own their own learning.

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Anglense Jones

Third Grade Teacher, Chicago School District #299
I have been an educator for 23 years. I am currently a Pilot Lead for Personalize Learning at my school. As the Pilot Lead, I collaboratively work with fellow educators and scholars to improve academic and social performance in the learning environment.


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Tuesday February 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

ESSA 2019: The Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Jason Helfer is Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Helfer Jason

Illinois State Board of Education


Tuesday February 12, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

A Place to Call Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about a New Teachers’ Network and Mentoring Program that is designed to recruit, train, and retain new teachers. This successful program has developed teachers into Master Teachers from the candidates we have hired. The goal is to ensure that these highly qualified teachers remain with the district.

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Elizabeth Reynolds

Calumet School District 132


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Assessment Doesn't Have To Be Overwhelming!
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be demonstrating how programs here in Illinois can use the Early Learning Scale online observations and assessment tools to create meaningful documentation for parents and administrators. These tools are designed to support teachers in creating portfolios without overburdening them with a large time consuming assessment.

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Christopher Bagemihl

Product Manager, The Center


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

BlueStreak Math - The Future of Fact Fluency
Limited Capacity seats available

BlueStreak Math is a cutting-edge, video game-based tech solution that addresses fact fluency. The sum of our features is the solution: 24/7 access by computer, iPad, or phone; multiple gaming environments; pre and post test learning cards; immediate feedback; customized reports and printable parent letters and certificates. Ride the "BlueStreak" to higher achievement and greater academic SUCCESS!

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BlueStreak Education, Inc.

BlueStreak Education, Inc.
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Hattie King

BlueStreak Math


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Building a Positive School Culture One Step at a Time
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Participants will understand how building a positive school culture starts beyond the front door and continues into the classroom with the students and all staff within a school building. Tips and ideas will be shared as participants think of ways to create a positive culture from day one with the school community, teachers, and students.

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James Robinette

LaGrange SD 102


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Early Childhood Family Engagement Strategic and Innovative
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel of success stories will share how they have guided ECE family engagement efforts with innovative strategies. Based upon the ISBE Family Engagement Framework Guide, participants will walk away with multiple strategies to enhance and/or begin an transformative family engagement approach.

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Carmen Foster

Early Childhood Development and Enrichment Center, Arlington Heights
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Kevin McClure

Center for Educational Initiatives, Illinois State University, Normal


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Formative Instructional Tasks for K-2 Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we have fun with students while also learning what they know? These 16 formative instructional tasks are designed to do just that. Come play some fun mathematics games, learn about the tasks, how they are designed, how to use them and what you can learn about your students while they play.

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Matt McLeod

Education Development Center Inc.



Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

How I Made It To School! Perspectives From Parents and Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Students experiencing homelessness face barriers to attending school, including lack of awareness about the rights of homeless students and lack of transportation. Learn how homeless education law and other legal resources can help students get to school. Hear from students and parents who experienced barriers to attending school due to homelessness and how they overcame those barriers.

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Alyssa Phillips

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Illinois Attendance Commission Best Practices and Definitions Update
Limited Capacity seats available

Participate in a discussion of a recent survey of services used by schools across the state to assist students in need and the work on completing a definition of a school day taking ESSA reporting standards into consideration.

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Lori Fanello

Regional Superintendent, BOONE/WINNEBAGO ROE
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Sweeney Harold

Illinois Attendance Commission


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

KIBO from KinderLab Robotics: Coding and Robotics for Prek-5 Students
Limited Capacity seats available

KIBO from KinderLab Robotics aims to help preK-2 students and teachers integrate programming and STEAM skills into their class and play time. KIBO is based on 15 years of research, and has been transforming classrooms around the world. KIBO is also offering a limited number of pilot kit opportunities for eligible school districts.

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Manuel Isquierdo

Digital Ready Now


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Micro-Credentials: Competency-Based Skill Recognition for Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Micro-credentialing provides personalized Professional Development (PD) and skill recognition for participants through a competency-based system. Join us to explore how IPA's micro-credentialing program, utilizing the power of the ELN platform, is changing the face of PD for educators.

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Jason Leahy

Executive Director, Illinois Principals Association, Springfield
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Arlin Peebles

Online PD Director, Illinois Principals Association (IPA)
Arlin Peebles serves as the Online Professional Development Director for the Illinois Principals Association. In this role he assists educational experts and practitioners in the development of online learning opportunities for educational leaders. He also oversees the Ed Leaders... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Supporting Young ELs’ Social Emotional Development in Culturally Appropriate Ways
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we bring together two frameworks: the Pyramid Model for social-emotional competence and West Ed’s Bridging Cultures framework. After reviewing each framework, we will use them to guide our analysis of free online SEL resources. We will brainstorm practical steps and ideas for implementing culturally appropriate practices that also enhance children’s social-emotional development.

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Tammy King

PD Manager, Early Childhood Professional Learning, Arlington Heights
After 12 years in the IRC, I recently changed departments and accepted a position in Early Childhood Professional Learning at the Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning. I help manage professional development offerings across the state for teachers of 3-5 year olds, especially... Read More →



Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Technology Tools Built to Support Social Emotional Learning
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Participants will explore free technology resources that have the goal of Social Emotional Learning as a key component in a fun and engaging platform. Tools for all grade levels to build the understanding of empathy, courage, collaboration, perspectives of others, managing one’s emotions and many more activities to support the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards.

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avatar for Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward

Content Specialist for Learning Supports, Illinois State University, Normal
Special education educator for 20+ years and currently a content specialist for learning supports with Illinois State University/ISBE. Masters degrees in Special Education and Learning and Technology. My team and I have been creating resources for Illinois teachers for 5 years. As... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

The Missing Link: Collecting and Analyzing Instructional Data Using the Instructional Rounds Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Most school improvement planning porocesses consistently collect and analyze student outcome data. Too often instructional data may not be collected or analyzed, thus becoming the missing link to successful continuous improvement. Drawing from research and practices from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, facilitators will share the "why" of collecting instructional data and provide a structure for educators to work together to investigate and solve common instructional problems to improve teaching and learning. Applicable materials will be provided.

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Michaela Fray

LEAD Coordinator, Regional Office of Education #1, Adams County
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Diane Rutledge

ISU Center for the Study of Education Policy, Normal


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Our MTSS Framework: It Begins with a Sound Tier 1
Limited Capacity full

Share the journey of how Lindop has leveraged student achievement and growth via the exploration of data analysis. Upon a humble journey of exploration and inquiry, the deconstruction and reconstruction of the MTSS framework, starting at Tier 1, was developed. Administrators will discuss the work which was conducted in an ongoing process of exploring school climate, culture, and the art and science of teaching.

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Dr. Sonya Spaulding

Principal, Lindop School District 92
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Dr. Emily Erickson-Betz

Director of Curriculum, Lindop SD 92
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Jessica Lyons

Northwest Evaluation Association


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Intentional Planning for Impactful Professional Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will understand the purpose and components of the Learning Forward professional learning standards. Examine the application of standards and their effects on professional learning through authentic stories. Self-assess to determine strengths and areas of improvement around the use of professional learning standards in your context. Identify actions to improve professional learning.

Speakers
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Jill Meciej

Director of Curriculum, Marquardt School District 15
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Karla McAdam

Learning Forward Illinois


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Chicago 8 569 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

MTSS: A Whole School System of Supports
Limited Capacity seats available

A system of supports that works! Discover successful use of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to improve equity and whole-child outcomes by districts partnering with Illinois MTSS Network. Learn from the experiences of rural, urban, large and small districts implementing effective meeting practices, data analysis, professional learning, and sustainability planning. This interactive session will provide practical resources.

Speakers
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Lori Hensold

Professional Learning Coordinator, Illinois MTSS Network
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Hannasch Melissa

Associate Director, Illinois MTSS Network
I am the associate director of the Illinois MTSS Network (IL MTSS-N). IL MTSS-N is a professional learning initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. Lori Hensold, our professional learning coordinator, and I will be presenting a practical and resource rich session "MTSS... Read More →



Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Promoting Equity by Getting Children to School: One District' s Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

ESSA requires schools to track chronic absenteeism (CA). We found that our CA rates were high and we knew they reflected a serious equity issue because our students are largely Hispanic (80%), English learners (52%), from low-income households (57%). We thus adopted an evidence-based, multi-tiered system of supports to improve attendance (MTSS). Our model and "lessons learned" will be shared.

Speakers
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Dorota Celinska

Roosevelt University, Chicago
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Patricia Graczyk

Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Illinois at Chicago
I am interested in helping schools implement an effective and equitable multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to promote school attendance for all students and address school refusal and chronic absenteeism. . My other interests include helping students with anxiety and the implementation... Read More →
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Charles Johns

West Chicago School District 33


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Solutions and Strategies for Educating Black Males
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on strategies you can use to educate, activate and motivate troubled Black/Latino males. Participants will learn about 6 Factors that affect young men of color and will learn about the tools that can be used to handle behavior problems. Several school districts around the country have used these proven approaches and many teachers have praised this specific technique. Be prepared to be challenged to evaluate your own teaching techniques for dealing with this particular cohort of students. The workshop will be highly interactive and you will have insights that are immediately practical.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Jackson, Education Consultant and Author

Robert Jackson, Education Consultant and Author

Robert Jackson Motivates
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 26Robert Jackson is an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning, and how to retain troubled students in school. He teaches educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to educate... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Chicago 9 655 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

2:00pm

Using Qualitative Data to Determine Student Learning Needs and Root Cause
Limited Capacity seats available

Let’s look beyond test scores to determine the root cause of student learning problems. How can we validate our speculations, to maximize the success of our solutions? This session focuses on how to use qualitative data, including student and staff focus groups to hone in on instructional issues. Student voice, an often overlooked component of root cause determination, will be highlighted.

Speakers
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Sharon Frys

DuPage Regional Office of Education


Tuesday February 12, 2019 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Birth to Third Grade Alignment: Breaking Down Barriers to Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The Illinois Birth-to-Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Project’s mission is to strengthen communities’ ability to develop high quality, intentionally aligned education systems. Community stakeholders can use a variety of B-3 approaches to achieve alignment. This workshop will inform participants about alignment strategies, providing examples and tools for improving their current practices.

Speakers
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elizabeth rothkopf

Birth-To-Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Project, Community Liaison, Illinois State University, Normal


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Digital Differentiation with Literacy Frameworks
Limited Capacity filling up

Frameworks summarize the guiding principles and practices for students to achieve reading success with high-quality resources and instruction. Modeling, guided and independent practice with a digital platform can be instrumental to the development, support, and academic growth of the individual student, making it possible for the teacher to customize to the needs of each student. Learning A-Z and RAZ Plus addresses those instructional needs of the teacher with resources for Blended Learning and Balanced Literacy programs.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Tavares

Sheryl Tavares

National Curriculum Consultant, Learning A-Z
I am a lifelong educator with 15 years in the classroom and 16 years as an Educational Consultant. I’ve worked with: data reviews during PLC’s, progress monitoring, instructional next steps, and Student Growth Percentiles.


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Bucktown 342 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Empower Your Students with Culturally Relevant Literature!
Limited Capacity seats available

Use interdisciplinary children’s literature to highlight language, culture, and background experiences to increase student agency and identity in the early childhood classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dorsey Chambers

Dorsey Chambers

Network Library Coordinator, Department of Literacy
Area of Expertise: Library Science
avatar for Toni Galassini

Toni Galassini

Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education
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Crystal Williamson

Curriculum & Instruction Specialist, Chicago School District#299



Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Going Beyond Basics: How to Find and Enroll More Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Building partnerships to find, recruit and enroll highest need children for your program requires more than an MOU. How do you partner with shelters, doctors and others who serve children from priority populations? How might we adjust our current practices to meet enrollment requirements for priority families? This interactive training provides tools and tips to help you go from basics to beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Pouw

Leah Pouw

Strategy & Engagement Consultant
Let's talk about connecting families and children from priority populations to our early learning programs; recruiting and sustaining commitments from volunteers, and more. I'm passionate about supporting teachers, staff and administrators and bringing their best creativity to engage... Read More →



Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

JUST FOR EARLY LEARNING GRADES...PK-3TeachLeadGrow.org! Come check it out!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and experience the newly launched website that is JUST FOR EARLY LEARNING GRADES…PK-3TeachLeadGrow.org. This FREE, web-based, Danielson Framework-aligned learning toolkit provides MANY videos and tips-n-tools for teachers and leaders that can easily be used to enhance early learning classrooms! Leave this session with many ideas for maximizing this online resource focused on the critical first years of school.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hood

Lisa Hood

Senior Policy Analyst, Illinois State University
PR

Pamela Rosa

Rosa Educational Consulting


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Leveling the Playing Field for ALL Students through Multi-Tier Systems of Support ( MTSS)
Limited Capacity full

In an interactive and engaging presentation, participants will explore a variety of strategies that support the academic and behavioral success of all students. Participants will leave with tools to develop and maintain an effective MTSS process that advances equity for all students

Speakers
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Tapia Jennifer

Principal, West Chicago District 33
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Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak

East Aurora School District 131


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Outlook Academy, Options to Prevent Drop-Outs and a Way to Serve Those Students That Have Already Dropped Out
Limited Capacity seats available

We know that students at risk are more likely to struggle their entire time in high school, which can lead to a defeated mindset and ultimately dropping out of school. Outlook Academy provides its students the opportunity and flexibility to learn in an environment more suited to their individual needs. Outlook truly puts our at risk children first and helps them find a pathway to success.


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Paralysis by Data Analysis? Uncomplicated Strategies to Transform Your Data Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us as we guide you through the current research, proven strategies, and our experience in successful supporting schools from paralysis into action. This presentation will showcase how to use available data as an opportunity to understand your learning communities’ current successes, areas of need, gaps in instruction, monitor program implementation, and support student growth and attainment.

Speakers
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Keith Palz

Atlantic Research Partners
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Susmita Pratihast

Atlantic Research Partners


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Pedagogy of Place on Chicago’s South Side
Limited Capacity seats available

Our public PK-8 Montessori school’s pedagogy reflects the experiences of our high-poverty African American students. We will discuss how teachers intentionally prepare their classroom environments and engage in a rich storytelling culture that enables children to confront their pain, which arises from the racism they all experience, and channel it toward positive action for building a better community.

Speakers
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Shelby Hines

Director of Shool Culture and Climate, MONTESSORI ENGLEWOOD
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Rita Nolan

Executive Director, The Montessori School of Englewood
Rita Nolan, Executive Director and Founder of The Montessori School of Englewood. Program Director for the Chicago Montessori Residency.
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Dr. Nyela Wells

The Montessori School of Englewood


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Picture Books that Break the Traditional Story Format and Create Visual Curiosity and Critical and Creative Learning Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

Not all picture books follow the traditional story format of character, plot, setting and solution. Breaking the traditional picture book format, these alternative structure fiction books provide a non traditional and intriguing format that support and broaden critical and creative thinking as well as inferential comprehension. These books many of which are in your classroom already beckon the reader to ponder over the pictures and text and then discover often hidden meanings. Examples and explanations of how these books work will be shared and a bibliography of these cleverly authored and illustrated books will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Beltchenko

Laura Beltchenko

Literacy Consultant, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Des Plaines
Laura Beltchenko is a 34 year veteran educator. Her career in public education included classroom teacher, reading specialist, teacher and coordinator of gifted education programs as well as an associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for a Chicago suburban school district... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Reaching the Reluctant Writer
Limited Capacity seats available

This successful methodology separates the complex process of writing into the smallest steps making it possible for the most reluctant writer to produce short, yet complete compositions. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing powerfully combine to enhance language acquisition using source texts, key word outlines, and simple student checklists. Common Core applied!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Mikottis

Linda Mikottis

Lead Implementation Coach, Institute for Excellence in Writing
I am probably the least likely writing teacher you will ever meet. Never having learned to write well in school, I was convinced one was either born with the gift of writing or not. After discovering the Institute for Excellence in Writing methodology in 1996, I finally learned to... Read More →


Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

So Illinois is a Pyramid Model State - What Does that Mean for You as a Leader?
Limited Capacity seats available

How does the Pyramid Framework impact your work? We will provide an overview of the Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Learning for administrators, including an overview of the Pyramid Model; how the framework supports student outcomes and the Suspension/Expulsion Law (Public Act 100-0105); how the framework blends with other SEL models; and the role of leadership in implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Green

Evelyn Green

Illinois STAR NET, Chicago
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Denise Henry

Project Leader, Illinois STAR NET, Region IV



Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

3:15pm

Targeting Teacher Retention in Chicago Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) collaboratively provide teacher retention support to "Opportunity Schools" through improvement strategies based on local data. Principals can opt in to local data-driven action planning, virtual community of practice for new teacher mentors and leadership coaching supports. In the session, we will share the framework of Teaching Conditions from the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders, and the audience will explore their own teaching conditions using a research-based rubric.

Speakers
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Ben Felton

Chicago School District #299
MS

Mara Schanfield

SEL Solutions



Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL
 
Wednesday, February 13
 

8:30am

Presiding & Introduction
Speakers
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Ernesto Matias

Chief of Schools, Network 4


Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

8:30am

Characteristics of a Successful Urban School
Limited Capacity seats available

Javier Arriola-Lopez has been principal of Rachel Carson Elementary School for twelve years, leading one of the twenty-seven dual language schools in Chicago

Speakers
avatar for Javier Arriola-Lopez

Javier Arriola-Lopez

Principal, Rachel Carson School


Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Ballroom 691 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

A Trauma Informed Classroom
Limited Capacity full

Our students enter our classrooms daily carrying an invisible backpack. As teachers, it is our job to help them unpack that backpack and prepare them socially and emotionally for their day and for learning. Teachers will learn the importance of self-care and how to meet the needs of these students through building relationships, mindfulness, and movement.

Speakers
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Ashley Tucker

Teacher, Illini Central Community Consolidated School District #189, Mason City



Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

An Introduction to the New Illinois Literacy Framework
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will present an overview of the new Illinois Literacy Framework. This framework will provide districts, schools and teachers with literacy guidance that outlines the common expectations with regard to shifts, standards, literacy and instructional practices.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Brown

Jill Brown

ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education/Illinois State University
Jill Brown has been in education for over twenty years and currently works for both Illinois State University in the Center of Advancement of Educational Initiatives as well as an ELA Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education. Ensuring that teachers are prepared... Read More →
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Kathi Rhodus

ISBE ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education, Carlinville


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Boosting Reading through Cultural Relevance
Limited Capacity seats available

Share the video about how Lindop School District 92 moved from the 45th percentile for growth in reading to the 65th. Learn how using books in which characters look like them truly shaped the love of reading. This movie addressed 8 CCSS and SEL standards.

Speakers
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Dr. Sonya Spaulding

Principal, Lindop School District 92
JL

Jessica Lyons

Northwest Evaluation Association


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Creating a Climate and Culture for Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

This session focuses on caring learning environments that build autonomy, belonging, and competence; help students form an attachment to school and increase achievement. Participants will experience “a week in the life” of an elementary student through morning circles and explore ways these activities can improve school climate, strengthen relationships between students, and engage families.

Speakers
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Kristy Rauch

Center for the Collaborative Classroom


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Ed360: From Viewing Data to Supporting Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, Ed360 is a free, mobile-friendly data dashboard that provides actionable data to support instructional decisions. Ed360 displays formative, interim and summative student assessment data, along with demographics and attendance. By providing a full picture of student learning, Ed360 assists with creating flexible groups and supporting personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Marci Johnson

Marci Johnson

State CTE Director, Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson has been with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for ten years. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning. She works with Career and Technical Education, Competency Based Education and the Illinois Learning Standards. She is the Outreach Coordinator for... Read More →
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John Shake

Division Supervisor, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
John Shake is the Acting Division Administrator, Information Technology at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). John has over 25 years of information technology experience in both the private sector and the state level of the public sector. He provides statewide leadership... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Effective Co-Teaching Strategies in a Personalized Learning World
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear from an accomplished co-taught team and department chair on effective ways to support all learners in meeting expectations of the gen-ed curriculum. Presenters will share how to successfully build a co-taught team, effectively collaborate, establish routines and meet the needs of all students in their least restrictive environment while supporting a district one-to-one initiative.

Speakers
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Lynch Cheri

YORKVILLE CUSD 115
ME

McGuire Emma

YORKVILLE CUSD 115
MS

Megan Steben

Yorkville Community Unit School District 115



Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

ESSA and District Strategic Plan Driving School Improvement with a Few Speed Bumps
This session provides examples of integration of local and state data into a district systematic continuous improvement process that is aligned to ESSA and District Strategic Plan. The district capitalized on ESSA requirements such as growth and the Illinois Quality Framework Standards. Examples of tools and resources used within a diverse district to provide equitable experiences will be provided.

Speakers
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Hill Laura

SD U-46
JL

Jackson Lisa

School District U-46


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Old Town 381 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Future Ready: Moving Schools Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

Future Ready Schools is an effort to maximize digital learning opportunities, helping districts move toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. FRS provides resources and support to ensure that digital learning plans align with best practices and are 100% aligned to the guidance provided by the US Dept. of Education regarding ESSA's Title IV planning requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Bates

Brian Bates

Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Brian Bates is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC). Brian leads and develops events, programs, and resources in support of digital learning, digital citizenship, emerging technologies, instructional issues and trends, technology integration... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Fiscus

Melinda Fiscus

Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Mindy Fiscus is the Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. She was formerly the Area 6 Technology Director for Southern Illinois and has 19 years of educational technology experience. In her current role, Mindy also serves as one of the IL State... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

KIDS Data Results- Overview, Practical Use, and Next Steps
Limited Capacity seats available

During this presentation audience members will take a closer look at released KIDS data. They will then explore meaningful ways to utilize this data while considering ways to facilitate change within their classrooms, districts, and community.

Speakers
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Walker Caitlyn

Science Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield
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Terri Lamb

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Leading and Learning for Equity: One School’s Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you start with detracking freshman courses, restructuring teacher supervisions, or talking with families at bus stops, equity work in schools is ever evolving and complex. This workshop will explore one high school’s journey of organizing for equity. Presenters will share stories, discuss successes and challenges, and invite participants to reflect on how they lead for equity.

Speakers
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Stacey Gorman

Mundelein High School District 120
JH

Jessica Herrmann

Mundelein High School District #120


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Mobilizing the Whole Community for the Whole Child
Speakers
avatar for Judith Dymond

Judith Dymond

Doctoral graduate educational leadership, Northern Illinois University
Engaging the whole community for the whole child. Over 10 years experience as school administrator, engaging the community for student success. Specialize in outreach and engagement at NIU. Organize outreach STEAM events, STEM Cafes in local restaurants and Teen STEM Cafes held at... Read More →



Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Redesigning the High School Experience--Disrupting the Status Quo
Limited Capacity seats available

Walk with us as we describe how we started to transform the traditional high school experience in one year from the ground up--starting with changing classrooms to learning spaces, schedules to flexible groupings, and content to competencies. Are you ready to start to change the high school experiences in your community? We can show you the first steps.

Speakers
avatar for Felice Hybert

Felice Hybert

Kankakee School District #111
JW

Jennifer Way

Director of District Improvement, Kankakee School District 111


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Rubrics to Simplify Your Life
Limited Capacity seats available

We will take a look at reasons to use rubrics, different types of rubrics, guidelines for rubrics, and how to get started using them. Participants will be encouraged to share their ideas, successes and questions during the presentation.

Speakers
SM

Sue Mainville

Illinois State University/ISBE



Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Strategies for Working with English Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be given an opportunity to explore what it is like to be an English Learner in the classroom. There will also be several strategies shared, so that classroom teachers can meet the needs of their students in meaningful ways.

Speakers
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Thomas Porter

Thornton Township High School District #205


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Trending Technology for Elementary Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is constantly changing and our classrooms should be too! Come see the newest trends within educational technology for elementary students. These 21st century learners need a base for life-long technological literacy. Participants will learn easy, low-cost, yet effective ways to teach computer science throughout the school day within your general curriculum.

Speakers

Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

How to Help Homeless Students with High ACE Scores
Limited Capacity seats available

School is difficult for teens struggling with homelessness and high ACE scores. We will present specific techniques that are being used with our high risk students. We will be building on the concept of ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scores and showing examples of students who are facing adversity with resiliency and graduating high school even with so many traumatic experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Marla Leasher

Marla Leasher

Regional Office of Education #11, Charleston



Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 12:00pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

One Team; One Plan ESSA Readiness PreK-12
Limited Capacity seats available

Examine how a large unit district implements an academic plan with all staff and all students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn how the district-wide standards implementation has increased the performance for all sub groups including the more than 5000 English Learners through a strong district focus on professional development and the work of each of the 21 School Improvement Teams.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Campbell

Lori Campbell

Director of Curriculum, East Aurora School District 131
avatar for Guzman Rita

Guzman Rita

Bilingual Director, East Aurora d131
avatar for Brad Wieher

Brad Wieher

Director of Literacy and Interventions, East Aurora School District 131


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 12:00pm
Columbus A/B 414 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

9:45am

Teaching to Reach Diverse Learners in Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you ensure that students' needs are met in your mathematics lessons? How do you go about learning what they need? Math for All is an approach to understanding students' strengths and needs using 8 neurodevelopmental learning constructs, then adapting mathematics lessons accordingly. Join us for some fun mathematics, learn these constructs and take away some ideas for adapting lessons.

Speakers
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Matt McLeod

Education Development Center Inc.
avatar for Babette Moeller

Babette Moeller

Distinguished Scholar, Education Development Center Inc.
Babette Moeller focuses on the development of and research on educational programs across the curriculum that help ensure elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students with disabilities are included in and benefit from educational reform efforts. As project director of numerous... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 9:45am - 12:00pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

But, But, But...What about Grammar?
Limited Capacity full

Remember boring grammar workbooks? Why was grammar taught in the first place? Over the last two decades, grammar instruction has diminished and student writing has declined. Is there a connection? Learn the three stages of grammar development, how they intersect with literacy, and a ten-minute approach to grammar instruction that translates into successful readers, writers, and editors!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Mikottis

Linda Mikottis

Lead Implementation Coach, Institute for Excellence in Writing
I am probably the least likely writing teacher you will ever meet. Never having learned to write well in school, I was convinced one was either born with the gift of writing or not. After discovering the Institute for Excellence in Writing methodology in 1996, I finally learned to... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Calm, Connected, Effective: A Trauma-Responsive Approach
Limited Capacity filling up

Are your students' experiences outside of the classroom impacting their behavior and academic performance? Trauma and adversity impact our students’ behavior and our ability to respond. This session presents strategies to help students manage their behavior to promote growth and learning. Learn how Mercy Home for Boys & Girls helps teachers approach students with both care and accountability.

Speakers

Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

College Prep Boot Camp: A Familial Approach to College Readiness
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will offer an engaging dialogue on the importance of strengthening a college-going culture among Latino families. A review of a familial approach to parent college readiness as a successful strategy to student academic success and transition to post-secondary education will be presented. The importance of culture in parent engagement, lessons learned, and personal testimonials will be shared with the audience.

Speakers
SD

Susana DasNeves

Northern Illinois University, Center for P-20
AM

Adriana Martinez

Northern Illinois University, Parent University


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators with a Genius Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Author Joy Kirr encourages educators to shift their thinking about how we teach and the educational experiences we provide for our students. In her book "Shift This", teachers are called to step outside of the conventional school experience and tap into student passion. Participants will be guided through the process of brainstorming, design, collaboration, and reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Moulton

Kari Moulton

Educational Technology Coach, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past ten years. Starting with smartboards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. A technology leader in her district; leading various trainings for... Read More →


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Digital Literacy for All Classrooms!
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is a transformative tool that schools are rapidly embracing. The challenge remains for students to develop the cognitive skills to engage with technology in a safe and constructive manner. Engaging students in critical thought about the information they are receiving is crucial. Explore how to break down the components of digital literacy in any content area or grade level.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Hiler

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
JK

Johnson Kimberly

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education



Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Effective Components of a High Quality Early Childhood Bilingual/ESL Program
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on the high quality components of an effective bilingual/ESL prek program utilizing Excelerate as well as WIDA Early Childhood standards. We will cover culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to best serve English Learners and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Best Practices in Early Childhood



Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated District Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

Planning plays an instrumental role in the preparation of the grant application The State Board of Education recently released the new Consolidated District Plan. The plan consolidates the essential information of twelve Federal Formula Grants. This session will cover the components of the Consolidated District Plan and explain how to navigate through the plan.

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Denise Blaney

Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education
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Annie Brooks

Director, Title Grants, Illinois State Board of Educaiton


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Superior A 315 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Hands-On Approach to Connecting with Families
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn simple ways to bridge the gap between teachers, students, and families. We will share a hands-on connection model, educating students/families in the areas of classroom management, curriculum, technology, and extended learning resources. Participants will leave with ideas on how to make a successful home-school connection that encompasses the child, school, and community.

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Hellman Michelle

ILLINI CENTRAL CUSD 189
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Janel Ripper

Illini Central Community Unit School District #189, Mason City


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Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Michigan A 301 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Improving School Achievement
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Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Increasing Reading 2 Years in One Year for Middle and High School Students with Research-Based Digital Reading program
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Wayne Eichen

National Sales Account Executive, Pearson


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

NGSS Standard Alignment and Assessment Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Instructing students using the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) can be challenging given the abstract language and layout. This presentation will detail tiering the NGSS and creating objectives in a way that is accessible to all stakeholders. The presentation will detail our local data collection program in making student evidence based decisions benefiting professional practice and student achievement.

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Alex Hofeldt

Administrator - Science Chair, WAUCONDA CUSD 118
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Bill Stanton

Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Wauconda Community Unit School District#118



Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Michigan B 311 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

PD Modules: EL Tool Kit
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about the use of the resource, Professional Development Modules: English Learner Tool Kit, which is designed for self-paced and locally-based professional development on legal requirements to English learners.

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Seng Naolhu

Illinois State Board of Education
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Beth Robinson

Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pullman 351 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Moving Towards 90% of Students Reading on Grade Level by 3rd Grade
Limited Capacity seats available

By the end of third grade, far too many of our students are not proficient readers. This session is geared to identify essential instructional components necessary to teach early reading skills. Guidance on the time needed to address these components as well as resources to assist will be provided.

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Kathi Rhodus

ISBE ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education, Carlinville


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 1:15pm
Chicago 10 439 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

11:00am

Strategic Curriculum Alignment to Assess Language Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

The session will describe how the district leveraged their dual language curriculum committee to design and analyze language assessments by using the WIDA Performance Descriptors focusing on the word/phrase, sentence, and discourse dimensions. Participants will view samples of Spanish and English language assessments that were developed for students in the dual language program.

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Beatriz Maldonado

Director of Language Acquisition, Berwyn South School District 100
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Leah

Literacy Coach/ Literacy Coordinator, Berwyn South School District 100


Wednesday February 13, 2019 11:00am - 1:15pm
Missouri 408 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

A Trauma Informed School: Four Years Later
Limited Capacity seats available

"Trauma Informed Schools," has been a key phrase in education for the past few years. How does trauma affect our students academics and attendance rates? Learn how Calumet School District 132 became a Trauma Informed School and how they have continued this practice for the past four years.

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Dalyn Drown

Calumet School District 132


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Bridgeport 312 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Building 6-8 Math Fluency with Dice, Dominoes, and Decks of Cards
Limited Capacity seats available

Frequency and variety are important to building math fluency. Learn and try out some new activities to address critical areas in 6-8 math.

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Jill Winthrop

6-8 math teacher, Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics/Southern Section
I teach 6-8 math at Elverado Junior High. I have taught 6-8 grade students for 31 of my 32 years of teaching. I serve on the ICTM Board as 5-8 director. My reason for runnning for the ICTM Board is to represent small school / Southern Illinois.



Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Jackson Park 313 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Charter Schools in Illinois
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hear a presentation about what a charter school is, who can start a charter school and why charters offer an innovative option for students, parents and districts.

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David Turovetz

Projects Supervisor, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Superior B 407 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Clarity and Coherence: Success through Communication
Limited Capacity seats available

Decreased disciplinary referrals result in increased student achievement. As digital natives growing up in a technology-driven communication revolution, some students struggle to navigate the interpersonal interactions of school. By explicitly teaching communication skills, our school decreased disciplinary referrals by 75% over two years and now envisions expanding our work district wide.

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Graig C Mason

Cook County School District 130, Blue Island



Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Mississippi 397 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Cognitive Teaching: Using Brain Research to Maximize Student Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

If you want to improve student learning, start with the brain. In this session, we will review research about the brain, how it works, and the implications for the classroom. Participants will use these principles to help them design lessons, choose instructional strategies, and create feedback methods that lead to deeper and more long-term learning.

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Pauline Zdonek

Valley View 365U, Bolingbrook


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Mayfair 330 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Explore the FREE Curriculum and Professional Development from the ISBE Innovative Curriculum Resources Project
Limited Capacity seats available

The Innovative Curriculum Resources Project is funded by ISBE. This session will provide the CTE teacher with the latest professional development opportunities offered at little or no cost through the grant project. Participate in a scavenger hunt and use Kahoot while exploring the ILCTE.org website. Participants will be introduced to over 2000 free lessons available to any CTE teacher.

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Rod McQuality

Project Coordinator, Innovative Curriculum Resources
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Linda Walker

ILSTU Innovative Curriculum Resources Project


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ohio 373 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Improve Math Achievement for Students of Color with Research-Supported Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

To thrive in today’s world, all students must graduate with very strong mathematics skills. That can only mean one thing: advanced math courses are now essential courses. The achievement gap in mathematics is a manufactured crisis in our schools and society. Participants who attend this workshop will learn replicable strategies to help students of color reach their highest potential.

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Cambridge Education

Great Lakes Territory Manager, Cambridge Education
Cambridge Education is an approved IL-Empower Learning Partner for all three drivers:• Governance and Management• Curriculum and Instruction• Climate and CultureIf you want to improve outcomes for ALL students in collaboration with a dedicated team of educators, then I look... Read More →
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Adrian Mims

Cambridge Education
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Kelly Shepherd

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Grant Park 306 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Innovate, Create, and Flip Learning with Google Classroom Mate!
How can you flip the learning in your class to make it more student motivated and student-centered? Learn how to use Google Classroom to do just that. Create a learning environment where students work through lessons and activities at their own pace. You become the facilitator of instruction, and students become the navigators.

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Damian Petty

Teacher, William J Bogan Comp Tech HS
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Natasha Smith

Teacher Leadership Specialist, Chicago Public Schools | Talent Office
I am an enthusiastic educator of 12 years and a Level 2 Google Certified Educator. I love technology and math, but leadership development is my new inspired path. I am excited about providing universal access to leadership opportunities to all teachers.


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Old Town 381 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Just Map It!
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever used a map to get from Point A to Point B? Writers are no different! Glover (2009) believes children need multiple “entry points” into writing in order to maximize and sustain their energy for writing over time. Come explore some ‘unconventional maps’ as the entry points into children’s writing and insure they arrive at Point B successfully!

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Vanda Underwood

Greenville University, Greenville, IL


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ontario 305 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Student Ownership and Reflection for Improved Academic Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Student reflection on attitude and effort can greatly impact learning. Through a school-wide initiative detailing expectations and student self-assessments, we found that small but strategic changes can create positive results. This workshop will share the strategies and resources we utilized to improve our academic culture

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Lee Hoffman

Principal, Morton Community Unit School District #709
I am the principal at Morton Junior High School and a consultant with Untapt Consulting.


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Arkansas 317 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Understanding Cultural Differences Among Spanish Speaking English Learners (ELs)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will help make teachers of English learners aware of the cultural differences among Spanish-speaking students. We will discuss regions, countries, culture, vocabulary, signs of respect, and the ways they differ when used by ELs.

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Elizabeth Briones

Chicago Heights School District 170


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Huron 303 East North Water Street, Chicago IL

12:15pm

Unleashing the Power of Instructional Coaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Instructional coaching has many benefits to schools, teachers, and students. Discover the process for starting up a program, forms, protocols used, and other areas that instructional coaching can benefit a school. From formative feedback, to coaching cycles, to innovative staff development, to incorporating technology, learn it all.

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Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Assessment, & Instruction, Grant Community High School District 124, Fox Lake


Wednesday February 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Colorado 336 East North Water Street, Chicago IL