Monday, October 22, 2018

Seven board members
win Those Who Excel honors

State education officials honored seven of Illinois’ outstanding school board members at the 44th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet October 20 in Normal. Four board members captured the award of excellence, the highest level. School board members who took home an award, and their district and locale:

Mark Metz    
Evanston Township High School District 202    

Kristin Fitzgerald    
Naperville Community Unit School District 203    

Jill Bertels    
Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7    

Ryan Farrell    
Crystal Lake ESD 47    

Mucia Burke
Township High School District 211

Anita Hanna    
Waukegan Community Unit School District 60

Debra Havighorst    
Homewood School District 153

The winners are among 214 other educators to be honored at the banquet.

Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates for this recognition. A committee of peers, organized through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), chose the award winners to be honored this year. The committee represents statewide education organizations and includes former award winners.

The 214 recipients received recognition on three levels and across multiple categories, including classroom teacher, teams, early career educator, school administrator, school board member, community volunteer, education service personnel, and student support personnel.

A complete list of local recipients by county can be accessed on ISBE’s Those Who Excel winners’ list

Friday, October 19, 2018

A reminder: sharing relevant policies can
boost transparency on attending Conference

IASB has long suggested that school boards planning to attend the Joint Annual Conference should be pro-active in documenting their professional development experiences and expenses at the event. One way is to adopt and promulgate a policy that addresses professional development for all school board members. Such a policy may permit and encourage ongoing leadership training for those who have volunteered to serve their community as unpaid school board members.

Thus boards may wish to review their existing policies or consider adopting a policy before attending the 2018 Joint Annual Conference, scheduled for November 16-18 in Chicago.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Executive Director Bertrand addresses IASA in Springfield

The closing general session of the IASA Annual Conference
featured remarks by IASB Executive Director Tom Bertrand.
The 2018 IASA Annual Conference in Springfield brought together 500-plus leaders for education, motivation, and conversation.

After preconference events that included a Celebrating Women in Leadership event, IASA’s opening keynote speaker, Rick Rigsby, President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, offered insights on leadership and learning.

"The greatest lessons are never learned on the mountaintop,” Rigsby said. “They are formed and forged in the midst of pain. Great people are always learning. They don't have it figured out.”

Sheila Harrison-Williams, IASA president, lauded the women in leadership conference, and spoke about her role as president. "Together, we are advocates for all public-school children within the state of matter what race or what gender, what zip code or special needs," Harrison-Williams said.

Breakout sessions included a wide range of topics relating to curriculum, equity, new superintendents, ESSA and the changes it has wrought, student readiness, trauma-sensitivity, and school safety.

The event’s lively and engaging “Ignite” session covered standards-based grading, facility design, telling the district’s story, strategic planning, communications, and more. Included in the lightning-round-style session was Tad Everett, superintendent of Sterling CUSD5, who spoke on managing mistakes in the “failure framework,” saying “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”

IASB Executive Director Tom Bertrand, the immediate past president of IASA, noted during the closing session that the energy at the conference and the tone of the conversations improves when funding issues no longer supersede all others.

Also in the finale, Tony Smith, Illinois superintendent of education, spoke on hope, noting “We know more now than we’ve ever known about what kids need. There’s a ton of research on hope. Do not stop kids from hope. Also in the final session, former UCLA softball coach, NCAA champion and motivational speaker Sue Enquist offered advice on dealing with regrets, challenging your inner voice, and accepting the obligation to think, speak, and act in a positive manner.

The IASA Annual Conference returns to Springfield in September 2019.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Online planner available for Conference

An Online Conference Planner is now available for those looking to attend the 2018 Joint Annual Conference, Nov. 16-18, in Chicago. By creating an online planner, participants can view all events and create a personalized agenda to carry with them at Conference on their mobile device.

The online schedule planner is available on the Conference webpage and lists events by date, type, or category.

Note: Visitors need to create an account with the third party website there, called Sched, to use the planner. To create the account, click on the Sign Up link under the gray Schedule box on this Sched website and follow screen prompts to fill in the blanks for sign up. The Online Planner and personal Conference schedule can be printed and synced to mobile devices for instant, offline access to the schedule of events.

Once the account is created, the Online Conference Planner allows the user to view events by date, type or category. Individual events in each category are listed in chronological order by title and description. Listed at the right of each event is the location by hotel, time, and room name. Multiple events may be chosen for each time slot.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nominating Committee
makes IASB officer recommendations

The 2018 Nominating Committee has endorsed a slate of officers, calling for Joanne Osmond, Lake Villa CCSD 41, to be reelected as IASB president, and Thomas Neeley, Morton CUSD 709, as vice president.

Nominations for IASB officers will be voted upon by the Delegate Assembly on Saturday, November 17, at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.

Osmond is currently finishing her first term as IASB president. She has represented the Lake Division on the Association Board of Directors since 1996. Osmond began local school board service in 1991, serving on the Antioch Community High School board from 1991 to 1995. Since 1995, she has been a member of the Lake Villa elementary school board.

Neeley has been a member of the Morton CUSD 709 Board of Education since 1989. He has served as IASB vice president since last year, previously served as the Association’s treasurer, and has been on the Board of Directors for more than 10 years, representing the Central Illinois Valley division. He has also been a member of the IASB finance and executive committees.

The nominating committee, which met in August to interview candidates, is chaired by immediate past president Phil Pritzker and includes Directors Bill Alexander, Ann Dingman, Simon Kampwerth, Jr., and Sue McCance. Directors Carla Joiner-Herrod and Mary Stith served as alternates for the committee.

The Association leaders elected by school board delegates will assume office at the close of the 2018 Delegate Assembly meeting on November 17.