why your why mattersIASA's popular leadership academy strand focusing on your Why returns with five new sessions. Whether you've experienced a Why session before, or you're taking Why Your Why Matters for the first time, register today and join your colleagues around the state to network, collaborate and reflect on why being an educator is the most important profession on Earth! The first of five sessions will be held virtually on December 6. The series continues with four more sessions, both online and virtually, through June 22, 2023. Participants will examine their own motivations and current social emotional condition, learn those of their colleagues and, through sharing, discussion and role playing, acquire and practice strategies to coach themselves and team members into healthier social-emotional states. This academy is presented by Dr. Courtney Orzel. Click Here to learn more and register. 

    power of positive teams

    Based on the proven principles from Jon Gordon's best-selling book, The Power of Positive Teams (POPT), we'll share proven strategies and practices to help you build a stronger, more united, and connected team. POPT is an interactive program facilitated by Dr. Kelly D. Stewart, a certified Jon Gordon Companies trainer that gives teams the necessary tools to: Create a positive team culture fueled by a shared vision and greater purpose; Activate the competitive advantage of positivity in day-to-day teamwork; Enhance team grit to overcome challenges and create solutions; Generate team alignment and engagement; Foster team caring and inclusivity; Drive continuous improvement; Leave a team legacy of greatness; Address and remove team negativity to improve team communication and clarity; and Build team trust and unity. This academy is presented by Dr. Kelly Stewart. Click here to learn more and register. 

    power of positive leadershipThe  research is clear. Being a positive leader is not just a nice way to lead. It’s the way to lead if you want to build a great culture, unite  your organization in the face of change and adversity, develop a  connected and committed team and achieve superior goals. Great leaders  understand that to succeed, you succeed with people–and this training  shows you how. You’ll learn skills to enhance your leadership capability and leave with a practical action plan to bring out the best in yourself and your team. While leaders always need to display positive  leadership, in our current situation it is crucial! For  the Application/Dissemination, participants will complete a Positive Leadership Manifesto, which consists of questions that tie directly to  the training activities and a one-page response as to how they will  apply the training to create a culture that enables instructional  improvement. This academy is presented by Dr. Kelly Stewart. Click Here to learn more and register. 


    evaluator academies

    IASA has established a full schedule of academies designed to help educators fulfill state requirements for evaluator initial training and retraining. Each academy is taught by an experienced and knowledgeable educator that will provide you with the tools and skills needed to become a stronger evaluator. Academies are being offered for principal evaluator retraining (AA 1865), teacher evaluator retraining (AA 1801) and student growth retraining for both principal and teacher evaluators (AA 3000). In addition, IASA is offering initial principal evaluator training (AA 2000) and initial teacher evaluator training (AA 2001). These academies will be held on Zoom unless otherwise noted. The session are open to anyone. Click Here to learn more and register. 

    women in leadership

    IASA's Women in Leadership Academy returns with a new version that focuses on facing our fears, increasing our confidence and, as always, networking, supporting and connecting with leaders across Illinois. Participants will leave with practical ways to build your PLN, support others in the field and gain a greater sense of work-life blend. All leaders — men and women — are encouraged to join this experience. Register today and join your peers from across the state for an inspiring, fun and important leadership academy! This academy is presented by Dr. Courtney Orzel. Click Here to learn more and register. 


    unfinished leaderThis academy serves as a guidepost to help leaders understand they are works in progress and to help create a vision for their individual futures. To be the best version of yourself you have to be driven deeply by something. You must believe that you have an impact to make and a legacy to leave. You must know that the work will never be done. If you care deeply about making an impact - and you are willing to do anything for your students and community - admit that you are unfinished and strive to get better every day. The key element that sets the incredibly effective leader apart from everyone else is their commitment to never settle for less than the very best. This internal drive is what fuels the grind and what allows for the seemingly impossible to be done. This academy is presented by Dr. Mike Lubelfeld and Dr. Nick Polyak. Click Here to learn more and register. 

    Webinars with WomenThe Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Principals Association are proud to once again partner on a five-part series designed to support female educators considering the superintendency. Participants will listen and learn from a panel of five distinguished female superintendents. In each session, the panelists will discuss their experiences and share advice on what it takes to land that first job and how to be successful in a leadership role. A facilitator will help lead the conversation, and time will be reserved for participants to submit questions. Click Here to learn more and register.  


    health life safety compliance

    IASA's Health Life Safety Compliance Academy: An Administrators Guide to the Fundamentals returns in 2023 with two more sessions! Participants will develop strategies to reduce your district's liability, engage stakeholders, learn the financial do’s and don’ts, as well as undertake a deep dive into your current 10 year HLS surveys and IWAS.This academy is activity- and collaboration-filled, where participants learn "the meat and potatoes" of health life safety and compliance in Illinois. In addition, participants receive useful take back summary and guidance documents. Click Here to learn more and register. 


    safety site assessment academy

    IASA is excited to offer this new academy focused on how districts can take an annual standards-based approach to assessing the security of school buildings, grounds and policies.Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) provides the framework for conducting safety site assessments based on industry standards.This academy is open to superintendents as well as building and central office administrators. Register as an individual or as a team to maximize your experience! Click Here to learn more and register.