Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Connecting the Dots on Student Success Building Strong Evidence-Based School Systems with Steve Oertle

November 9th, 2023 - April 11th, 2024, 9:00am - 3:00pm
ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61790-8610




Session 1: Thursday, November 9, 2023

Session 2: Tuesday, February 15, 2024

Session 3: Thursday, April 11, 2024

All Sessions are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CT


ISU Alumni Center 1101 N. Main St

Normal, IL 61790-8610

Live On Zoom.us and Available Asynchronously for 90 days


Registration Includes Free Parking,

Breakfast Course Materials with Lunch On Your Own


5 PD Hours per Session

 Select Any Combination or All Sessions!


Become equipped with a comprehensive understanding of how GVC, CFAs, PLCs, and MTSS come together to create a seamless, evidence-based school system. Participants will leave each workshop with practical strategies, tools, and a clear roadmap for implementing these concepts in their educational environments, ensuring improved student outcomes and a more effective, collaborative school culture.


Session 1 - November 9, 2023

Set a Blueprint for SUCCESS with a Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC)

(GVC means that districts have identified essential content and skills necessary for all students to learn in specific courses and grade levels.)

Dive deeply into the first essential component of evidence-based school systems: A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC). We'll explore the GVC framework, dissect its key components, and learn how it serves as the bedrock for educational success. As a compass guides a ship, we'll show how a quality GVC not only sets the course for student-led learning but also fuels the Common Formative Assessment (CFA) process. Discover how a well-structured curriculum leads to focused and effective assessments, and learn strategies to integrate GVC principles into your school or district


Session 2 - February 15, 2024

Shape COLLABORATIVE LEARNING with Common Formative Assessments (CFA’s)

(CFA's are team-designed, intentional measures used for the purpose of monitoring student attainment of essential learning targets throughout the instructional process.)

Unravel the mysteries of Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) and their pivotal role in the educational journey. Just like puzzle pieces fit together, CFAs align directly with key components of a GVC to form a cohesive educational strategy. Participants will learn how CFAs drive the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process, fostering collaboration, data-driven decision-making, and student growth. Through interactive exercises and real-world examples, you'll leave equipped to create and implement CFAs that ignite the learning process.


Session 3 - April 11, 2024

Power the engine of STUDENT SUCCESS through Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s)

(PLC’s, are made up of a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.)

Delve into the heart of evidence-based school systems: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Imagine a well-oiled machine running smoothly, quietly and with high efficiency; that's what PLCs can be when connected to CFAs and GVC. We'll explore how PLCs facilitate the collaboration needed for educators to thrive and students to excel. As the gears of this well-oiled machine interlock, we'll examine how PLCs drive differentiation and interventions in a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process, promoting equitable learning outcomes. By the end of this workshop, you'll be prepared to cultivate PLCs that fuel your school's educational engine


Who should attend: Teachers, Teacher Coaches, Assessment Directors, Curriculum Directors, Principals


Steve Oertle is a former teacher, principal, and currently an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. He is the developer of the Course Mason program for facilitating the use of standards in school districts. Steve is a presenter of professional development throughout the state and has presented for IL ASCD and ASCD. He also is the primary resource and contributor for IL ASCD’s video series Successful Assessment 101.


Conference Fees

ILASCD Member, One Day $199; Three Days $499

Non-Member, One Day $248; Three Days $548

2 People - Non-Member, One Day $238; Three Days $538

3 People - Non-Member, One Day $228; Three Days $528


*Call for Info on a larger team (5+ people) discounts (618-203-3993)


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 Oertle — 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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