Conference Calendar

CONFERENCE ON LEARNING - Join national and local presenters for two days of dialogue on learning! October 27-28, Lincolnshire, IL

Keynote presenters Will Richardson, T. Roger Taylor, Meg Ormiston, Tony Frontier, and Steve Dembo, along with over 24 featured presenters will discuss topics such as assessment, blended learning, flipped classroom, PLC’s, STEM/STEAM, social emotional learning, Whole Child, and more. Our Learning Expo offers you the chance to interact with educational providers and authors. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included and group hotel rates are available.

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Curriculum 2020 — RICK WORMELI - Standards Based Assessment and Grading, November 12, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, breakfast, lunch, and parking included, 6 CPDU’s available

Rick Wormeli addresses the biggest concerns in grading today: averaging zeroes on the 100-point scale, re-do’s, percentages, grading scales, late work, valedictorian, marking homework, gradebook and report card design, formative vs. summative assessments, reporting behavior/effort/character elements, disaggregation, and much more. Don’t miss this chance to confront misconceptions and make the most of students’ learning!

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NEW-Literacy Across the Curriculum AND Getting Off the Stage: Empowering Learners in the Classroom, Nancy Doda, Jan 14, 2015, NIU Naperville OR Jan 15, 2015, ISU Alumni Center, Normal, IL, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, ILASCD and AIMES

Spend ½ day on each topic! Accessing and processing new information are critical tools for success in school and in life. You will examine several promising cross-subject literacy tools that can improve student understanding, thinking and engagement. Then, to develop 21st century ready learners, we have to create classrooms in which our students are doing the heavy cognitive lifting. It begins with finding instructional tools that get us off the stage and puts students in the driver’s seat. You will learn several methods that will help you empower students towards greater investment, engagement and independence. Come with a team! Registration includes parking, breakfast, lunch, and 6 CPDU’s. Jan 14, NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Rd, Naperville OR Jan 15, ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main, Normal, IL. 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

NEW-Help ALL Students Succeed in Standards-Based Grading, Thomas Guskey & Lee Ann Jung, Jan 21, 2015, Holiday Inn, Crystal Lake, IL, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, ILASCD and McHenry County Curriculum Council

Reforms in grading challenge some of education’s longest held traditions. Educators attempting reforms that align reporting practices with the Common Core standards often find these traditions insurmountable and fail in their efforts. Learn how to develop new standards-based grading policies and practices that are better for ALL students, gain the support of parents, and don’t create excessive work for teachers. Through presentations, explorations of case studies, and discussions, participants will discover a variety of new ways to report student learning in standards-based environments, how to make appropriate adaptations for exceptional learners and ELL students, and strategies for involving students and parents in the reporting process. Purchase one of Dr. Guskey’s books as a part of registration for pick up on site or visit the IL ASCD Bookstore at the workshop. Registration also includes parking, breakfast, lunch and 6 CPDU’s. Holiday Inn, 800 S. Rt 31, Crystal Lake, IL.

NEW-Guiding Professional Practice for the Common Core State Standards, Laura Beltchenko, Feb 26, 2015, ISU Alumni Center, Normal OR Feb 27, 2015, 7 Bridges Golf Club, Woodridge, IL, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Participants will explore strategies for using the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching to guide educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The collaborative learning structure of this workshop will focus on what observers should see in Standards focused classroom instruction for ELA and Math, K-12. We will move beyond awareness of the Standards to use of data collection tools that document the efficiency of implementation. Focused attention will be in Domain 3 (using assessment in instruction) and the construction of appropriate assessment questions that build on the foundations of rigor. A vision for continuous improvement will round out this day of personal, productive and thoughtful professional development! Registration includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and 6 CPDU’s or Administrator Academy 1365 credit. Feb 26 ISU Alumni Center, Rm 118, 1101 N. Main, Normal, IL OR Feb 27, 7 Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Dr, Woodridge, IL.

How Can You Be Creative in a Standards-Based Environment? Featuring Douglas Reeves, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., NIU DeKalb, IL

Creativity is not only undermined by the usual suspects — standardized testing and checklist evaluations — but also by curriculum and assessment practices that claim to advocate and encourage creativity. The solutions to these challenges include a combination of immediate actions and longer-term policy decisions. The presentation includes practical examples and time for personal application to the needs of individual participants.

Plus this workshop includes one-to-one consulting with Doug Reeves for one year and four live follow-up webinars!

Future ASCD Annual Conferences





Houston, TX

March 21-23, 2015


Atlanta, GA

April 2-4, 2016


Anaheim, CA

March 25-27, 2017


Boston, MA

March 24-26, 2018


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