Conference Calendar

PERA Workshops are coming in several varieties this Winter, Spring and Summer

PERA Aligned Assessment Workshops - not just for early implementers
Designing Quality PERA Aligned Assessments Investigating Types I, II, & III - featuring Jennifer Garrison and Linda Brissenden one-day workshops to be presented June 15 in Sparta. For Brochure, click here. Registration online:

PERA-From Joint Committee to Student Growth, with Jennifer Garrison, July 15, 2015, ISU Alumni Center, Normal, IL, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Jennifer Garrison, Superintendent of Sandoval CUSD #501, will present a student growth model based on Student Learning Objectives developed by the Sandoval CUSD #501 and the joint committee will share how to design a teacher evaluation plan aligned to PERA requirements. Attendees will develop an action plan to implement in their own district. Attention will be paid to the make-up of the Joint Committee, Joint Committee Timeline, PERA Implementation Timeline and the components of the professional development necessary to implement a student growth model. Teams are encouraged to attend. They will use the Sandoval Guideline/Toolkit and the PEAC Guidance Student Learning Objective for Type 3 Assessments and the Guidance on Creating Operating Guidelines for Student Growth Models in Teacher Evaluation Systems. Workshop includes breakfast, lunch, parking and 6 CPDUs.


NEW-The Breakthrough Coach, June 8 - 9, 2015, Addison, IL, co-sponsored with ILASCD

How to Work Less, Produce More and Still Get the Job Done in a Sensible School Week What if you could work sensible hours each week AND have your students’ results soar? We call that a BREAKTHROUGH! Learn How to Work Less, Produce More and Still Get the Job Done in a Sensible School Week with The Breakthrough Coach, so you can:

  • Observe classroom instruction for two full days each week
  • Maintain a sensible workweek and a healthy personal life
  • Empower your staff to reach their full potential
  • Raise test scores and reach your student achievement goals
  • Fulfill your role as “Instructional Leader”
TBC's 2-Day Program for school administrators and their secretaries.
Day 1 administrators attend on their own.
Day 2 administrators attend with their secretaries.

Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm both days
Location: Medinah Shrine Center, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison, IL 60101
Recommended Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, 552 N. Swift  Road, Addison, IL 60101
Cost: $635 per team of two
For more information and registration contact, click here or contact: Barbara Weise, TBC Registrar, Phone: 904-280-3052 FAX: 904-285-3081
Think Forward, Project Based Learning Institute, June 22 - 24, 1015, Forest View Educational Center, Arlington Heights, “Here the future begins today.”

This 3 day institute is a dynamic way to train educators in best practices for Project Based Learning (PBL), Leadership, and 21st Century Skill Applications. Over three busy days, participants explore every aspect of the PBL process, from development and sequencing of data-driven projects constructed around state standards to the seamless integration of available technology in the classroom. All participants create unique, original projects, ready for implementation, and are assigned nationally recognized mentors from Manor New Technology High School who will further coach them once they have returned to their campuses. This is a place of experiments and experiences, rigor and relevance, innovation, dedication, education. This is a place where educators discover how to engage students in meaningful, contextual learning.

Keep Calm and Teach On! with Shari Sloane — In Two Locations: July 22, at the ISU Alumni Center in Normal, IL and July 23 at NIU Naperville, 8:30 to 3:30.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, handouts and parking. 6 professional development hours. Benefit from the practical insights of an experienced early childhood teacher. Shari will share the useful insights she has learned throughout her twenty-eight years of teaching in a way that is best for children. You’ll be moving and singing as you learn how to teach with a fun and engaging approach while teaching to the CCSS and making formative assessments.

Don’t miss the 14th Annual Leadership Institute, July 26-28 at Eagle Ridge in Galena, IL!

You’ll experience two and a half days of dynamic professional discussion, learning and leadership building for school leaders and teams. Focusing on Leading Accountability to Achieve Student Success, Get Teachers Ready and Implement PERA and Evaluation. Admin Academy #1565 “Designing A Quality PERA Aligned Assessment Plan” or 8 professional development hours offered.

Steve Oertle on Assessment, August 5 at the McHenry High School East Campus Teaching Theater, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This is a dynamic workshop in which we will work our way up Bloom’s Taxonomy over four separate sessions: understanding the background on assessment research, applying the assessments, analyzing through application of the research, and creating items for a common assessment. Registration includes, parking, breakfast, lunch, and 6 professional development hours.

Join us for two days of learning, four keynote speakers, 80 breakout sessions, and a Learning Expo with the latest and best in learning materials and services! Come to the Conference on Learning & Expo, September 21-22, 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

For FLYER, REGISTRATION, and a complete list of SESSION TOPICS Click Here


Book your stay at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare
Listen! Students Are Talking to Us in Their Assessments presented by Bobb Darnell Feb. 3, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, IL.

Find what you are looking for in formative assessments, become familiar with the practices that you and your colleagues use, and know how to use data to measure and “cause” student learning and growth. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and six professional development hours.

Future ASCD Annual Conferences





Atlanta, GA

April 2-4, 2016


Anaheim, CA

March 25-27, 2017


Boston, MA

March 24-26, 2018


Chicago, IL

March 16-18, 2019


Los Angeles, CA

March 14-16, 2020


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