Saturday, August 20, 2016

Division meetings to cover ‘essential Qs,’ ESSA, etc.

Brad Ware of the FBI will speak on
keeping schools safe at four division meetings.
IASB’s slate of fall division dinner meeting topics includes a myriad of acronyms: ESSA, IVS, Rs and Ds, five essential Qs, and the FBI.

Held in each of IASB’s 21 divisions, these meetings offer topical presentations, networking opportunities, and updates from IASB staff, directors, and division leaders. Attendees will hear about the latest news on resolutions, legislative updates, and other Association activities. The fall meetings also feature Master Board Member award presentations and recognition of school boards that have achieved Board Governance Recognition.

A complete list of division dinner meetings, dates, and presentations is below.

Expanding course offerings with online learning through the Illinois Virtual School (IVS) will be among the choices at Abe Lincoln, Corn Belt, Blackhawk, and Kaskaski divisions. What you need to know about ESSA – the federal Every Student Succeeds Act – will be featured at the Wabash Valley, Illini, and Egyptian meetings. SB 100, requiring changes in student discipline, will be discussed at the South Cook Meeting.

Two divisions – Starved Rock and Shawnee – will feature legislative candidate forums, offering the chance to interact with state leaders on issues of education, while the DuPage division will gather to watch and discuss a video outlining “Five Essential Questions in Life” from James E. Ryan, dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education

Other attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as Brad Ware, community outreach specialist from the FBI Field Office in Springfield, shares the bureau’s resources on keeping schools safe. Ware will visit with Central Illinois Valley, Southwestern, Blackhawk, and Two Rivers divisions.

Other participants will have the opportunity to explore community engagement’s role in developing a successful referendum plan. The Illini, Abe Lincoln, and Kaskaskia divisions will get to hear “Winning before You Start,” presented by Anne Noble, managing director, Public Finance, Stifel; and Rod Wright, president, UNICOM ARC. Central Illinois Valley attendees can learn about Morton CUSD 709’s long-term plans and community engagement initiatives on behalf of its referendum.

Potential school board members can find information during “A Briefing for Candidates” at the West Cook, South Cook, and Three Rivers meetings.

Be advised that, for the first time, division dinner meeting registration will be online, through IASB’s new database management system. Go to and click MY ACCOUNT to begin. For assistance with your account, click here or call (217) 528-9688 ext. 1100..

2016 Fall Division Dinner Meetings:


Starved Rock                 Sept. 15    Senica’s Oak Ridge, LaSalle

                                                         Legislative Candidate Forum

Wabash Valley              Sept. 20    Altamont CUSD 10

                                                        So What’s the Plan? Illinois’ State Plan for ESSA; Student Assessment: All Learners

Central Illinois Valley   Sept. 22    East Peoria SD 86

                                                         So You think You Know the FBI?; Building Capacity Through Community Engagement: A Journey Leading to the Successful Passage of a Building Referendum

Kishwaukee                   Sept. 22    Hononegah CHSD 207

                                                         Collective Bargaining for the Long Term

Illini                               Sept. 27    Mattoon CUSD 2; Riddle Elementary

                                                         So What’s the Plan? – Illinois’ State Plan for ESSA; Winning Before You Start

Abe Lincoln                    Oct. 4        Warrensburg-Latham CUSD 11

                                                         Online Learning: A Successful Alternative for Meeting Student Course Needs; Winning Before You Start

DuPage                          Oct. 4        Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Lisle

                                                         Listen, Learn, & Share: An Opportunity to Hear the “5 Essential Questions in Life”

Egyptian                        Oct. 4        Rome CCSD 2

                                                         So What’s the Plan? Illinois’ State Plan for ESSA; School Safety – Trends, Ideas, and the Law

Western                         Oct. 4        Galesburg CUSD 205; Silas Willard Elem

                                                         Rural Schools Matter – David Ardrey, AIRSS Exec Director

Three Rivers                  Oct. 4        Prairie Bluff Golf Club

                                                         A Briefing for Candidates; A Look at Governance Through Laughter

Southwestern               Oct. 5        O’Fallon THSD 203

                                                         So You Think You Know the FBI? – Brad Ware

Shawnee                       Oct. 6        Carbondale ESD 95

                                                         Legislative Candidate Forum

Northwest                     Oct. 6        Maxson’s Riverside Restaurant, Oregon

                                                         The Future of Illinois & State Funding – Ralph Martire

Corn Belt                       Oct. 13      Olympia CUSD 16, Danvers

                                                         Drug Awareness – From Dope to Hope; Online Learning: A Successful Alternative for Meeting Student Course Needs

North Cook                    Oct. 19      European Crystal Banquets, Arlington Heights

                                                         Illinois Arts Learning Standards for 21st Century

Blackhawk                     Oct. 20      Moline-Coal Valley SD 40, Moline

                                                         So You Think You Know the FBI?; Online Learning: A Successful Alternative for Meeting Student Course Needs

Kaskaskia                      Oct. 25      Staunton CUSD 6

                                                         Online Learning: A Successful Alternative for Meeting Student Course Needs; Winning Before You Start

Lake                               Oct. 26      DoubleTree by Hilton, Libertyville-Mundelein

                                                         Disturbing the Peace: Handling Community Dissent in Public Schools

South Cook                    Oct. 26      Camelot Banquets, Hickory Hills

                                                         A Briefing for Candidates; SB 100 and Its Effects on School Boards

Two Rivers                     Oct. 27      Hamilton’s, Jacksonville

                                                         So You Think You Know the FBI? – Brad Ware

West Cook                     Nov. 3       Elmwood Park CUSD 401

                                                         A Briefing for Candidates; School Crisis Planning: The Board Response