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    IASA Classes and Academies Currently Scheduled and Available

    Click on dates below for more information or to register; if dates are not listed, courses are not yet scheduled. 
    If you are interested in attending any class not yet scheduled, or any of the other classes listed on our course description page, but do not see them offered below, please contact us.

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    Gathering Evidence During Observations 
    & Conferencing Using Danielson
    AA #1801

    By the end of this academy for professionals who formally evaluate teachers and other non-administrator certified personnel, attendees will be able to identify evidence at the component/element level during formal and informal observations, and use this evidence to effectively rate staff on the levels of performance for each domain. Participants will acquire strategies to support effective collaborative conferencing around formal and informal observations, and will learn techniques, strategies, and protocols to use when conferencing with staff about professional development. Participants will apply these new skills and strategies to a case study of professional practice as it relates to their work in the teacher appraisal system.

    Call Melissa 217.753.2213 to schedule for your District (closed) or Region.

    Next up: Closed!  Monday, November 18, 2019, Elmhurst, IL



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    Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Principal Evaluators
    AA #1865

    The Academy focuses on a high rate of inter-rater reliability using the required performance evaluation ratings. Using case studies, the participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to rate the principals.
    Participants will use data collected from the case studies and compare the data to best practices for evaluating principals and assistant principals. This data will also be analyzed to prepare administrative and school-level professional development plans.
    Participants will prepare targeted professional development, in a collaborative and supportive way, plans that consider past results and contribute to professional and personal growth. This plan will be aligned to the school improvement plan. The instructional environment indicators will be analyzed. The purpose of the evaluation plan will be to communicate the outcomes and findings in such a manner that the principals and assistant principals set goals for improvement. The participants' own personal bias will be analyzed while making these decisions.

    Call Melissa 217.753.2213 to schedule for your District (closed) or Region.

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    Teacher/Administrator Evaluator
    Retraining: Student Growth
    AA #3000/3001/3002

    This is the one required student growth retraining course for principal and teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to:

    Use assessments and measurement models identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth;

    Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results;

    Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and

    Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.

    Call Melissa 217.753.2213 to schedule for your District (closed) or Region.

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    The Legal Rights of Students and Parents
    AA #1415

    According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, students who are exposed to violence have great difficulties learning and may experience potentially violent behavior. This course will focus on the constitutional rights of students and parents and highlights modern issues that teachers and administrators must take into consideration when planning for and preventing violence in schools.

    Presented by: Dr. Steve Webb, Superintendent of Goreville CUSD #1, Certified School Resource Officer, Certified Law Enforcement Officer, ROE 21 School Safety Consultant, Certified A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Instructor; Adjunct Professor of Educational Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, and McKendree University; founder of Safe School Systems, LLC, to help schools and universities analyze and assess threats to their learning environments and then create strategies to mitigate those threats to enhance learning.

    Next up:  CANCELLED Tuesday, June 11, 2019



    Moving from Vision to Action:
    Learn to Become an Essentialist
    AA #1820

    This course focuses on a minimalist—or essentialist—approach so that important goals may be brought to the forefront of our lives. This approach assures that the choices made move you from a multitasking environment to one of choice that emphasizes limiting and setting goals, defining those goals clearly, setting everything else aside and refraining from taking on additional responsibilities. Leaders can make use of the essentialist principles by identifying a clear focus and clearly defined roles for team members. This approach facilitates clear communication, removal of obstacles to the goals, and choosing the best team members. The focus of this course will be how to move from vision to action by effectively impacting leadership, district finances, and balancing your personal life.
    Each participant will be able to produce a prioritized list of essential and non-essential budget items to present to the school board. Each participant will examine the resources available in their own building or school district and make a recommendation to the Board of Education which essential items to keep and which items to cut as a result of the district’s financial condition.

    Call Melissa 217.753.2213 to schedule for your District (closed) or Region.

    Next Up: Friday, February 7, 2020, Spring Valley Hall High School, Please contact IASA Starved Rock Region to register


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    Evidence-Based Leadership: Using Data to Drive Immediate and Lasting Improvement
    AA #3020

    This academy follows up IASA's ESSA Academy and Strategic Dashboards. It will teach school leaders to effectively use data to foster a culture of evidence-based practice, align stakeholders, and ensure allocation of resources toward practices that have proven to accelerate student growth. Participants will learn to identify strategic student success indicators and to use effect sizes to measure impact of school improvement efforts, specifically to articulate the district vision for student success, formulate a testable hypothesis, specify a measurement model, and draw inferences from data. Co-presenter Dr. Don White will provide and explain how to use his custom Excel program to automatically calculate effect size using participants' own data. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to communicating with stakeholders--telling your story--using the statistical data that proves your story.
    PRESENTERS: Dr. Richard Voltz of IASA and Dr. Don White of Mokena SD 159

    Call Melissa 217.753.2213 to schedule for your District (closed) or Region.

    Next Up: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Cook South Region - Crestwood; register here

     Tuesday, September 17, 2019, ROE #11 (Illini, Wabash Valley, eastern Abe Lincoln); register with ROE 11 here 

     Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Three Rivers Region - Joliet; register here

     Friday, December 6, 2019, Closed, for specific school district

     Friday, May 1, 2020, DuPage Region - Bloomingdale; register here