Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


A Virtual Book Study on the book "Having Hard Conversations" with author Jennifer Abrams

Live Virtual and On-Demand
December 8th, 2022 - February 2nd, 2023, 7:45am - 9:15am
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A Virtual Book Study

Led by the Author Herself

7:45 A.M. - 9:15 A.M. CST

Dec. 8, Jan. 12, & Feb. 2

A copy of Jennifer's Book is included in the registration!


Tough talks are never easy. If you’re a coach, administrator, or teacher looking for tools and resources to help you become a more confident and compassionate communicator in challenging interactions, then you won’t want to miss this BOOK STUDY.


Join Jennifer Abrams and take advantage of the convenience of learning remotely, with minimal disruption to your school day. These sessions are guaranteed to be information-packed and highly interactive, with opportunities for direct application.


Using her book, Having Hard Conversations, Jennifer will help us speak with the clarity, confidence, and courage required when discussing difficult issues with colleagues. She will teach us how to speak intentionally about
work-related issues through a planned, interactive, and personal approach. Jennifer’s step-by-step approach will provide us:

  • Thought-provoking questions and first-person accounts that help build communications skills
  • Advice on overcoming personal hesitation about expressing concerns
  • Guidance on goal setting and choosing the best "what-where-and-when" for a productive discussion
  • Sample scripts and other interactive tools to help educators prepare for the conversation and achieve positive outcomes


Meet Jennifer Abrams...                                                                                                                     

Formerly a high school English teacher and new teacher coach, Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant who works with educators on building collaboration skills, having hard conversations, and creating healthy, professional school cultures. Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The
Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community
and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives and Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work. Jennifer writes a featured column for Learning Forward's The Learning Professional on growth and change and is a contributor to The International Educator focusing on adult development and collaboration.


Conference Fees

IL ASCD Member $220.00

Non-Member $269.00


How to Register                                                                                                                                                         

  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org

  • Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa,
    MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to IL ASCD Abrams-Conversations — Illinois State University,  Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

  • Fax: Fax the completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of your school P.O.  



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