NEW-Next Generation Science Standards "New Science Standards! Where Do I Begin?", presented by Gil Downey, Illinois State Board of Education, and Chris Embry Mohr, April 14, 2014, NIU DeKalb Holmes Student Center, IL, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Mr. Downey works for the Illinois State Board of Education in the College and Career Readiness Division. He is the state coordinator for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program (IMSP) and is the primary contact person in Illinois for the NGSS Lead State Initiative. Chris Embry Mohr, Next Generation Science Standards Life Science Team writer and teacher will provide an overview of the new science standards by engaging the audience in Scientific and Engineering Practices, Cross Cutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Performance Expectations. Ms. Mohr will share what NGSS looks like in the classroom, discuss several conceptual shifts, and will challenge participants to build capacity within their own districts as they take small steps in designing and implementing a plan that supports the true intent of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Breakfast, lunch and parking included. 6 CPDU’s available. NIU DeKalb Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom, 340 Carroll Avenue, DeKalb, IL 60115


NEW-Dare to be Great 2014 “The Power of Connection,” April 25-26, 2014, Ewing Cultural Center, 48 Sunset Road (Corner of Emerson & Towanda), Bloomington, IL

Please join us for the 26th Annual Illinois Women in Educational Leadership’s Dare to be Great Conference where we will honor the experiences and accomplishments of two women who have positively influenced Illinois education:
Dr. Debra A. Hill, Associate Professor, Argosy University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Colleen M. Sexton, Professor & Chair-Division of Education, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Friday, Apr 25: 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm Registration, business meeting, panel discussion, networking Saturday, Apr 26: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Continental breakfast, Keynote Dr. Lynette Danley, scholarship presentations, Dare to be Great Honorees, luncheon

Registration: $75. Fri or Sat only: $50. Please fill out registration form and mail with check payable to IWEL to Patty West, 9401 Wandering Trails Lane, Dawson, IL 62520. Questions: Patty West at
SOLD OUT!! Curriculum Leadership Development Network, 2013-2014 Cohort Apr 28, Oak Lawn Dist #218 Academy

New to a curricular leadership position? Looking to enhance instructional leadership skills? Need tips on Common Core Standards implementation? Wondering how to lead PLC’s? Looking for a cohort of professionals with whom you can share resources? Then CLDN is for YOU!! Meeting location is the Oak Lawn Community High School District #218 Academy located at 10701 S. Kilpatrick Ave, Oak Lawn, IL. Enrollment is limited to the first 50 participants. Continental breakfasts and lunches, parking, materials, and curriculum leadership books included. Administrators Academy or CPDU’s available. 3 graduate credits available on-site from Concordia University, Chicago.

SOLD OUT!! Curriculum Leadership Development Network One Day at a Time, Apr 28 2013-2014, Oak Lawn Dist #218 Academy

CLDN is a program designed to provide in-depth learning and networking opportunities that develop curriculum leadership. Now you can sign up for one or more days that fit your needs! • Select one topic on one date, or select two or more. • Come alone or as a team. • Select Administrators Academy Credit or CPDU’s. • Customize to your individual, your school or district needs, and your budget. Meeting location is the Oak Lawn Community High School District #218 Academy located at 10701 S. Kilpatrick Ave, Oak Lawn, IL. Continental breakfasts and lunches, parking, materials, and curriculum leadership books included. Administrators Academy or CPDU’s available.

Assessments that Enhance Learning, presented by Jay McTighe, April 24, 8:30 to 3:30, NIU Naperville, IL 60563, breakfast, lunch and parking included, 6 CPDU's, IL ASCD bookstore onsite.

Bring standards to life to create performance assessment tasks based on the experience of renowned educator and author Jay McTighe. Following the tenets proposed in his new interactive ebook, Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most, Mctighe will provide practical and proven methods for designing rich tasks aligned to core standards and using assessments to enhance learning, not just measure it.

Come and hear Jay share:
  • Samples of rich performance tasks for meaningful learning and relevant assessment
  • Practical and proven methods for designing performance tasks aligned to core standards
  • Video interviews with teachers planning and using authentic performance assessments
  • High-quality rubrics to guide learning and assessment
  • Classroom videos of teachers using a variety of formative assessment techniques to advance learning
SOLD OUT!! Classroom Instruction that Works: The Leadership Perspective, featuring John Antonetti, April 28, 2014, 8:00 to 3:30 at The Academy in HS District 218, Oak Lawn, Illinois, ISBE Admin Academy #1055

Even the most effective teachers often can’t explain why they do what they do. Using the latest research, this training will identify those “high yield strategies” that make the greatest impact on student achievement. Teachers and administrators will discover the statistical power of these techniques, learn how to identify them in practice, and gain practical ideas for implementing them in every classroom. This course draws upon the work of Marzano, Pickering and Pollock to train administrators to use research-based teaching strategies to evaluate and mentor teachers for improved instruction. Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd Edition by Ceri Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler and BJ Stone is available for purchase. Administrator Academy or 6 CPDU's available; parking, breakfast and lunch are included.

Dr. Jean presents Singing and Dancing with the Common Core Standards, July 23, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Naperville, IL, free breakfast, lunch, and parking, 6 CPDU's available

If you're tired of dancing around the Common Core State Standards, then you won't want to miss this workshop! Dr. Jean will demonstrate dozens of creative activities that will make standards a song. Highlights include: musical math, games for practice and repetition, what to do instead of a worksheet, and open-ended writing activities to help learners develop skills in all content areas. Participants will need to bring scissors, markers, glue and one pack of multi-colored construction paper.


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