Monday, September 25, 2017

Balancing, unlearning, and reflecting highlight IASB Fall Division lineup

Programming has been announced for the Fall Division Dinner Meetings, to be held in coming weeks in each of IASB’s 21 divisions.

One presentation reflects a change from the original schedule. On October 5, the Wabash Valley Division will feature a presentation on “Managing and Developing Teacher Capital,” with Kyle Thompson from Regional Office of Education 11, Charleston, and Mark Doan, the superintendent for Effingham CUSD 40. State Secretary of Education Beth Purvis, originally scheduled to speak, stepped down from her position as of September 15.

The 2017 schedule opens with the September 26 Illini Division event, which includes “Reflections from Retired Superintendents: How to Improve Board/Superintendent Relations.” That panel will feature former superintendents Jim Helton, Rick Johnston, Judy Wiegand, and Preston Williams.

Author, educator, and speaker Jim Burgett will bring his “Art of School Boarding” presentation to the Northwest Division on October 2, Starved Rock on October 12, North Cook on October 18, and DuPage on October 19. Burgett and colleague Kevin Heid will present “Creative Funding Ideas for School Districts” on October 26 for Central Illinois Valley attendees.

On October 11 in the Lake Division, Michael Lubelfeld, superintendent for Deerfield SD 109, and Nick Polyak, superintendent for Leyden CHSD 212, will present on “The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today,” which is also the title of a book they co-wrote.

Thomas Bertrand, superintendent of Rochester CUSD 3A, will present “Don’t Lose Your Balance,” offering strategies to focus on and align actions to core values, to the Three Rivers Division on October 30.

Other division dinner meeting topics include collective bargaining, social-emotional learning, the teacher shortage, school safety, the future of STEM, and student discipline.

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Each of the 21 meetings offers networking opportunities and updates from Association staff and division directors and chairpersons. Attendance will earn participants five points in IASB’s Master Board Member Program.

The following organizations sponsor IASB activities, including Division Dinner Meetings.

  • Premier Sponsor and Service Associate: Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Trust and Illinois School District Agency
  • Premier Sponsor: NaviGate Prepared
  • Legacy Sponsor and Service Associate: Kings Financial Consulting, Inc.
  • Legacy Sponsors: edEdge, Guin Mundorf, LLC
  • Millennium Sponsor: NextEra Energy Services
  • Century Sponsor and Service Associate: First Midstate Inc., Stifel
  • Division Meetings Sponsors and Service Associates: GCA Education Services, Inc.; Larson and Darby Group, Legat Architects, Inc., OpTerra Energy Services, and  Wight & Company