Conference Calendar

CLDN One Day at a Time — April 27, and May 20 at the Academy at Oak Lawn Community High School, CPDU’s and Administrator Academies offered

If you can’t find the time to attend all of our Curriculum Leadership sessions, just pick one day! Choose from topics such as, “What you need to know about NGSS” presented by Carol Baker, “PERA and Achieving Growth Model,” and more. Breakfast and lunch are included.


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 April 30 at Lincolnland College and 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.


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!


NEW-The Breakthrough Coach, June 8 - 9, 2015, Elgin, 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: School District U-46 Education Service Center Room 240
355 E Chicago Street
Elgin, IL 60120

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott
2175 Marriott Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118
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.

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.

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


Learn more about Illinois ASCD »»


Find us on Facebook Find us on Twitter