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    The IASA Annual Conference annually draws more than 650 school administrators to the Illinois capital city of
    Springfield. Attendees include school superintendents, assistant superintendents, state agency staff and college
    professors of educational administration. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to establish new contacts,
    network with colleagues, and meet the IASA staff and board of directors. General sessions and breakout panels
    provide up-to-date information on topics that are relevant to Superintendents and other administrators. The exhibit
    hall, which is open one day, gives attendees access to more than 60 vendors, providing an excellent opportunity to
    get a quick look at the latest products and services available to Illinois school districts.
    Dr. Rick Rigsby
    Making an Impact
    Dr. Rick Rigsby is President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications. The former award-winning journalist followed a television career with graduate school—and two decades as a college professor…most of those years at Texas A&M University, where he also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team. Dr. Rick’s dynamic presentations motivate, empower and inspire worldwide—from Africa and Asia, to the Americas, Europe and Canada. The internationally acclaimed speaker is a favorite among professional sports organizations, including the National Football League and the PGA. His audiences have included Fortune 500 companies, academic communities and service organizations. Named twice as an outstanding professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M, Dr. Rigsby has numerous publications, including his first non-academic book—Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller. Join him in this dynamic session as Dr. Rigsby challenges you to Make an Impact in Your Life.
    Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois State Superintendent of Education
    What Our New Funding and Supports Mean for Strengthening Every SchoolCommunity in Illinois
    Dr. Tony Smith will be the kick-off speaker for the Conference Closing General Session on Friday morning. Providing fair support for every school community in Illinois means holding high expectations for all children and providing each child the individual supports they need to thrive—including extra financial resources and layered learning supports in school. Dr. Smith will speak about how Illinois’ new funding and support systems empower us with common data and language. Telling the story of where we are empowers us to advocate for what we need to reach our common goals.
    Sue Enquist
    Competitive Greatness: 24/7 Excellence Never Blinks
    Engaging and memorable, former UCLA Coach and 11-time National Champion, Sue Enquist will give you a renewed road map for personal excellence. Twenty seven years in the education and performance arenas, Coach Enquist will give you five relevant and actionable principles to launch your sustained improvement at work, home and play! In 2006, Sue concluded her 27-year career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins making her the winningest softball coach among all active coaches with 11 National Championships. She is the only person in NCAA softball history to win a championship as a head coach and a player and coached the first Olympic Team National Staff to the first gold medal in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA (1996).
    This thought-provoking session is back by popular demand! This general session includes a series of presenters giving 5-minute presentations on a variety of topics using 15–20 slides. The slogan for Ignite presentations is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” The line-up for this year’s Ignite session looks equally wide-ranging and impressive. Following the presentations, the presenters will host a panel question/answer session from the audience.
    Large Breakout Session--New This Year!
    This new session invites members to ask the IASA staff your most pressing questions. The IASA staff is a resource for you—and you don’t get the chance to meet with them every day. This forum will allow you to get answers to your questions.
    Hot Topics in Breakout Sessions
    Sixth Annual 'Super" 5K Fun Run/Walk
    and much more.

    Questions on the IASA Annual Conference can be directed to the IASA Office at 217-753-2213.


    President Abraham Lincoln Springfield--A DoubleTree by Hilton, and the Bank of Springfield Center (formerly Prairie Capital Convention Center)--Springfield, IL

    • September 26-28, 2018
    • September 25-27, 2019