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 from

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.

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