Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Conference Preview document now available

A document previewing the 2015 Joint Annual Conference is now available online to help users get “Ready, Set … Lead” (this year’s theme) by getting the most out of everything the event has to offer. Information includes a master schedule of all major Conference events, plus descriptions and time slots for panel sessions and pre-conference workshops.

This year’s event will be the 83rd Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Featured are tours of Chicago Public Schools, a Carousel of Panels, professional development activities for board and district secretaries, coffee and conversation sessions, Delegate Assembly, conference bookstore, and three instructive and entertaining general session speakers.

New this year, according to the preview document, are a series of “Learning Labs” on both Friday and Saturday that will feature in-depth presentations about Conference sponsors’ products and services. These are designed to assist districts looking for solutions to: wholesale energy, print/copy services, property casualty and workers’ compensation, data analytics, consulting/ research, and purchasing. Note: the Learning Labs are free; however, seating will be limited. The labs will be located in aisle 100 of the Conference Exhibit Hall.

Also new are the “IASB Mini Clinics.” Each 30-minute session offered by staff will be a live presentation on a variety of Association services and new or current activities. The clinics will be offered Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at the Comiskey Room in the West Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Conference Preview does not include room locations or the names of presenters for most events. Those additional details will be available in the official Conference Program, which can be picked up Nov. 20-22 at the registration desk at the Hyatt Regency.

Between now and November school boards are encouraged to draft and adopt a resolution confirming their desire to attend the conference and their support for professional development for the board.

The newly released Conference Preview document is online here.

More information about this year’s conference can also be found here.