Thursday, October 29, 2015

Training for board secretaries offered at Conference

District secretaries and administrative assistants are encouraged to join with their peers from school districts around the state to take advantage of the board secretary training at this year’s Joint Annual Conference.

Designed to enhance the professional skills of the board secretary, the training will be offered on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, at the Swissotel, Chicago.

In addition to programming designed specifically for district secretaries and administrative assistants, the benefits of attending will include networking with other board secretaries. Participants will get the opportunity, as well, to attend all Conference general sessions, plus panel sessions, the bookstore, and the exhibit hall.

The secretaries’ program requires only paid conference registration. There is no additional charge, and no additional registration is required.

Here is a brief look at the secretaries’ program for the Conference:

The opening session on Friday will kick off at 9 a.m. with the annual presentation of the Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award to recognize the extraordinary work and service provided by secretaries who serve and assist their local boards of education. The award was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Holly Jack, a long-time Association employee who served as an IASB administrative assistant in field services and was instrumental in promoting and developing the secretaries’ program.

The award presentation will be followed by a workshop that basically asks: Do you see “Diversity and Inclusion” as a goal or strategy that will enable the future success of your school district, or are the words “Diversity and Inclusion” simply words du jour? 

Through a series of engaging, interactive exercises, this workshop will seek to increase diversity and inclusion awareness – the first step in the diversity education process. The opening session will wind up with announcements and information about the rest of the program, scheduled as follows:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
1:30 – 3 p.m.
•    Illinois Sunshine Laws (FOIA and OMA)
•    The Gravity of Google: Navigating the Pull on its Apps and More
•    Lessons Learned by Veteran Secretaries
•    The Local Records Act

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
10:30 a.m. – Noon
•    Policies, Manuals, Updates
•    IMRF Planning for Your Future
•    Agendas and Minutes
•    Building Strong Shoulders for Heavy Lifting

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
1:30 – 3 p.m.
•    Web-Based Board Tools
•    Getting to Know You
•    School Safety and Crisis Management

For more information about the secretaries’ program at the Joint Annual Conference, see the event brochure.