Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


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

February 15th, 2024, 9:00am
ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. Bloomington, IL 61790-8610





Session 1: Tuesday, February 15, 2024

Session 2: 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 - February 15, 2024

Creating a practical and effective Standards-Based Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC) in your school"

(GVCs include essential standards and questions, learning progressions, success criteria and unit structures in specific courses and grade levels.)

Dive deeply into the first essential foundational block of all successful school systems: A Standards-Based Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC). In this workshop, we'll explore the 6 critical steps in creating a GVC framework by dissecting the key components, learning the details involved in creating each of them and developing a plan for implementation in your school or district. This professional development puts the "WORK" in "workshop" as you will leave not only with knowledge of standards-based systems, but with usable examples of each step of the process and a plan for implementation in your school or district. 


Session 2 - April 11, 2024

Improving Response to Intervention (RtI) using standards-aligned Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)"


(RtI is how schools differentiate instruction in all 3 tiers of learning to ensure student proficiency, CFAs are team-designed, intentional measures used for the purpose of monitoring student attainment of essential learning targets throughout the instructional process and PLCs are collaborative teams that both create and analyze assessment data to address student needs.)


Learn how to design Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) that are well-aligned to both the skills and rigor of essential standards. Participants will then learn how CFAs are used to drive the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process, fostering collaboration, data-driven decision-making, and student growth. Finally, participants will make connections between CFAs and PLCs and how they are used to drive a robust RtI process for improving student learning. Attendees will leave with a step-by-step guide for creating CFAs, a CFA example, PLC process basics and several models of effective RtI processes


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; both days $350

Non-Member, One Day $248;  both days  $399

2 People - Non-Member, One Day $238; both days $389

3 People - Non-Member, One Day $228; both days $379


*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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