The mission of IL ASCD is to build the capacity of educational leaders to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

Use Your CARES Funding for Professional Development

Federal Funding for Professional Learning

With the education world changing at warp speed, a crucial challenge for administrators is funding for professional development to support teachers in this rapidly changing landscape.
Fortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency grant funding to support the increasing need for K–12 educators to perform at high levels while in distance learning. This funding includes $54.3 billion allocated for K–12.

Here is a breakdown of the funding:

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I and ESSER II)
Districts can use ESSER I funds to support the reopening schools, facilitate continuity of learning, and measure and address the significant learning loss caused by a lack of in-person educational opportunities.
ESSER II funds can be used to support addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings. This new funding is more than four times the $13 million in ESSER Fund assistance provided last spring under CARES Act.

This means that now, there's new funding that addresses professional learning, with a very limited time window.

Illinois ASCD has been working with districts across the state to provide virtual and in- person professional development and consulting to equip educators for hybrid, remote and in-person learning.

2020 IL ASCD Pre-K and Kindergarten Highlight Video!

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Illinois ASCD is excited to be able to include in our ranks many national and international presenters as honorary members.

TWEETS

RT @ILASCD: Congrats to our very own Jeff Pricket on being named the Principal of the year!! Way to go Jeff! https://t.co/7EL8FBbN7W

Congrats to our very own Jeff Pricket on being named the Principal of the year!! Way to go Jeff! https://t.co/7EL8FBbN7W

RT @PS17Queens: Celebrating the end of a writing unit! Our teachers rock! @TCRWP https://t.co/TY1a3VzHG0

RT @wbfowler96: We had such an awesome ABC parade on Friday! These Kinders worked hard on learning their letters! @HumbleISD_FE #happyclass…

TEACHING WRITING IN SMALL GROUPS WITH JENNIFER SERRAVALLO APRIL 19TH, 2022, 9:00AM - 3:00PM |… https://t.co/H9nX1Ebsj3

RT @WalterinDC: My new blog post, "No Ledge" https://t.co/uGWY8fQpjf #sunchat @mssackstein @AlabamaASCD @ASCDArkansas @AZASCD @BCASCD @CA_A…

RT @profMGeorges: #leydenpride French Club students participating in #MakeADifferenceDay @LeydenTwpRec Bravo !! You continue to give and i…

RT @smeod70: We are playing a math game to practice place value as well as greater than and less than. #d70cougars #d70shinyapple https://t…

RT @kurtschuett: Art Club and Think Tank decorating“Friendship Rocks” with Ms. Rosen really ROCKS for Make A Difference Day @RosenArt212 @L…

RT @MrsAndersoncms: Our farmstand is up and running! Thanks to @lettuce_grow, CMS fifth graders will be able to experience hands on science…

Struggling with student behaviors...here is an article from IL ASCD Ed Briefs. https://t.co/dRpCiSCYxJ https://t.co/zLA18FePh3

Wondering what the most effective way to study math is? ILASCD Ed Brief has a great article for you… https://t.co/0Ki4QnzDGW

RT @Amundsen_HS: CPS CEO Pedro Martinez addresses the packed auditorium to make the announcement of very high graduation rates at CPS schoo…

RT @Amundsen_HS: Principal Anna Pavichevich welcomes the staff and students plus our honored guests, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and Chief Educa…

RT @craignewman: CPS CEO Pedro Martinez touting an increase in graduation rates. https://t.co/NADcJbSFqB

RT @eldonado12: Starting the Leadership Academy on Culture Education today with @ILASCD and @northcentralcol. Learning from Dr. Marvin Ber…

RT @WalterinDC: A new @ASCD blog post from #ASCDProfessionalInterestCommunity leader @TomHoerr "Hey Principals, Let's Show Some Gratitude"…

ILASCD encourages you to apply! https://t.co/yPGiuXgi8s https://t.co/57j4W6cXo6

Great article from this week's ILASCD Ed Brief. https://t.co/TLDZ8tRs1k https://t.co/loDg1Dl9St

RT @ISBEnews: ISBE and @IDPH have updated our guidance to align with the requirement that all school personnel be fully vaccinated or under…

RT @ELmagazine: Mark your calendar! This Wednesday at 8pm EST, we're hosting an October #ELMagChat on "compassionate discipline." This is o…

RT @ISBEnews: The IRS has asked school leaders to help remind families that they could receive up to $1,800 per child. Please help share th…

RT @Amundsen_HS: A great brainstorming lesson today in Mr. Lapo’s computer science class. It created a great class discussion and fostered…

RT @MrsLeeArt: 4th graders learning about complimentary and analogous colors! Blending - not mixing - our analogous colors together and mak…

RT @RinkelJeremy: Check out son’s awesome project he completed last week. His manufacturing class and his teacher Ty Totten are teaching h…

RT @D123Hometown: Fun today in fine motor club! Cutting and pasting and using tweezers to play alphabet bingo. #hmt123 #d123 https://t.co/x…

Enjoy this article from ILASCD Ed Briefs. https://t.co/6WGDZUWW5M https://t.co/gIIOGbjBRW

RT @Mrs_Markusen: 1st graders explored with unifix cubes and a play car to see what pushes or pulls were needed to make it through a strai…

RT @DrP_Principal: You might be the only reason a student shows up to school! https://t.co/LZMCDzk3ih

Do students learn better when they move their bodies? https://t.co/zgOp55Md6n https://t.co/jz6PLPZmsd

RT @Jonharper70bd: [LISTEN] 3 Things Your Black and Brown Students Desperately Wish You Understood About Teaching Them — Especially This Te…

RT @HopeChicagoEdu: We are thrilled to have you as our new CEO, @janicejackson!

RT @eduleadership: Great to speak with Sean Glaze @leadyourteam about his new book #StayingCoachable. Watch for our interview soon on Princ…

Struggling with Math? https://t.co/VpXv9qOMZy https://t.co/CFaoP5rpZm

Excited to attend the @IllinoisASA Conference in Springfield!! Great opening message from @ISBESupt Dr. Carmen Ayala https://t.co/haUucxKO0U

RT @D123Hometown: Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” Thank you @akorzDHH for coming to speak with the kiddos today!…

RT @WascoD303: 4He enjoyed celebrating the last day of summer with some "poolside" reading! https://t.co/1cISyiQM1F

RT @PhotoBugDeb: OLHMS Culinary Club hit it out of the park with their creative Pineapple Upside-down cakes! @D123OLHMS @d123_ed @smcnichol…

RT @heitkam109: Where's My Punctuation? We played a fun game reviewing the types of punctuations that go at the end of sentences. @D13Eag…

Enjoy this read from this week's ILASCD Ed Brief. https://t.co/BCV8IjDhWz https://t.co/4ER1DSuOPR

RT @simonsinek: Trust doesn't develop from always doing the right thing. Trust comes from taking responsibility when we do the wrong thing.

RT @MrsSundhD70: SEL partners working on not jumping to conclusions #d70raptors #d70shinyapple @2ndStepProgram https://t.co/oy6Gmb9Wtk

RT @ELmagazine: "A few simple shifts can move class discussions from exercises in compliance to ones of true engagement," writes @ASCD auth…

RT @wetzler_amanda: 6th graders got a turn at designing/testing to see if the ShamWow holds up to its claims!! #redbud132 https://t.co/EPdO…

RT @maestra_mendoza: Thanks @WalterinDC and @EL_ASCD for tonight’s invitation to welcome the EL class of 2021!! I was tutoring one of my st…

RT @Amy_MacCrindle: Welcoming @MarcusJBelin to the amazing @ASCD Emerging Leader class of 2021. Get ready to grow and connect…. You will N…

Congratulations to Board Member Brenda Mendoza on her appointment to the Latinos Teach Campaign led by the White Ho… https://t.co/aQgwIUOmNZ

RT @MrsAndersoncms: Lucas explaining to the class the tectonic plate movements that he drew in his Science notebook today 😄 #sciencerocks #…

RT @MrsSundhD70: What do you think will happen @STEMscopes This was inspired by our celery experiment 🔬#d70raptors #d70shinyapple https://t…

RT @ISBEnews: We’re so excited to welcome the 2021-22 Student Advisory Council 🎉! This group of young adults are bold, bright, enthusiastic…