Sunday, December 30, 2018

Conference panel handouts
available for members, JAC attendees

Handouts from many of the panels presented at this year's Joint Annual Conference are available through the Members Only portion of the IASB website.

Panels with links to their materials are listed by the panel title, hotel location, and room name. The panels appear in chronological order of the Conference, i.e., by the day and time slot they were presented. The only exception to this order is the board secretaries' panels. Those materials are listed after all the other panels.

Note: Panels are only listed if materials have been submitted. Additional panels and their online materials will be posted as they are received. The handouts are links to PDFs or PowerPoints.

The links will be available until Sep. 1, 2019. To download the panel handouts, simply click on the link for the desired document.

The handouts are available by logging-in to the IASB member database, choosing the Members-Only tab at the top of the page, and selecting Annual Conference from the drop down menu. Once there, find the section entitled “2018 Conference Handouts” and follow the link.

Handouts are available to anyone whose name is registered in the IASB member database. This includes board members, superintendents, secretaries, and other individuals associated with IASB member districts.

For detailed instructions on how to log in to the IASB member database, click here.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Educators earn PD credits
at Joint Annual Conference

Licensed Illinois teachers who were either registered Conference attendees (board members) or registered guests of attendees were able to receive Professional Development Clock Hours for their participation in the 2018 Joint Annual Conference.

This year's roster includes approximately 283 individuals who signed up for hours.

IASB is an approved provider for the Joint Annual Conference. That means that any licensed Illinois teacher who was registered as an attendee or a guest could receive nine credits for attending the full Conference.

Evidence of Completion (ISBE form 77-21B) and Evaluation (ISBE form 77-21A) forms were available for pick-up at the Conference registration desk. Participants were required to sign in and sign out, in person, at the Conference, to be eligible.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Recapture Conference moments
in the Conference photo gallery

IASB’s Conference photographer made the rounds of all the facilities and events at this year’s Joint Annual Conference, snapping hundreds of digital images from the 2018 Conference activities and functions.

Professional photos chosen for this gallery are terrific for use in district newsletters, websites, and news releases to local media. The photos are also intended for Conference attendees to use as personal keepsakes. A small sampling of event photos have been and will be published in various IASB materials, newsletters, magazines, websites, and social media.

Members and guests are invited to view the entire Conference photo gallery at no charge. Photographs may also be purchased for a fee.

Click here for details about the Conference photo gallery.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

School board members will see
new oath of office under law in 2019

Beginning in 2019, school board members elected or appointed to a seat on their local board of education will need to recite a newly revised oath of office. Passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor earlier this year, Public Act 100-1055 makes changes by adding additional language to the previous school board member oath that has been in place since 2006.

The new law states that before members take their seats on the board they must recite an official oath “that is in substantially the form” listed within the statute. Prior to 2006, there was no official oath of office for board of education members in Illinois.

“The oath of office is a verbal agreement to the community that holds board members accountable in their role, as elected trustees, for their local school district. It defines their role as a school board member for their community,” said Reatha Owen, senior IASB field services director for the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western Divisions.

The school board member oath of office can be found on the IASB website and is also available for download as a certificate that can be signed by the board member, board president, and district superintendent.

‘Share the Success’ proposals sought
for 2019 Conference panel presentations

Many panel presentations at Conference result
from ideas submitted as Share the Success proposals.
Some Share the Success panels are presented at the
Joint Annual Conference's Carousel of Panels event.
While the 2018 Joint Annual Conference is a fresh memory, it is not too early to begin thinking about the 2019 event. Right now school districts and related education organizations are being invited to submit their proposals for "Share the Success" panel presentations.

Presentations from local school districts have long been a popular component of the Conference. From all over the state, IASB school board members and administrators gather to learn and benefit from the practical experiences these “Share the Success” panels provide.

Year after year, a select number of districts and organizations are chosen to make such presentations. These 60-minute panel sessions — presented by board members, administrators, and other school or community members involved in the programs — are based on actual school system experiences. Presenters give insight and practical information on how to solve current challenges in education. They share discoveries and innovations succeeding in their districts, and they share ideas on how school leaders can achieve similar success.

All 2019 Joint Annual Conference "Share the Success" panel proposals are due in the Springfield office by Friday, February 22, 2019.

Click here for submission forms and complete details on Share the Success proposals.  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

NSBA announces keynotes, registration for 2019 conference

The National School Board Association (NSBA) Annual Conference and Exposition is a national event that brings together education leaders for over 250 educational programs, including three inspirational general sessions. Registration is open for the 2019 conference, to be held March 30 - April 1, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members. Each year, Illinois is represented at the national conference, as presenters and participants, by school board members, other district representatives, and IASB staff. Topics covered include
  • Advocacy
  • Governance and Executive Leadership
  • Innovations in District Management
  • Master Class (innovative approaches to improve student achievement)
  • New School Board Member Workshops
  • School Board/Superintendent Partnerships
  • Student Achievement and Accountability
  • Study Halls (interactive 30-minute sessions led by experts and their school district clients)
  • Technology + Learning Solutions
General Session speakers for 2019 include (as of December 15), Sir Ken Robinson, an author and speaker who is an authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Click here to view the latest NSBA Conference information and the 2019 registration form.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Strikes settled quickly

Although final contract settlements have been reported recently in Chicago, Geneva, and Champaign, two teacher strikes were staged in the past three weeks as labor negotiations have continued elsewhere around the state. The most recent labor disputes included now-halted work stoppages in Geneva SD 304, and in Chicago’s Acero charter school network, Illinois’ first teacher strikes in more than a year.

Classes resumed December 10 in the Geneva district for nearly 6,000 students after a strike that began December 3 idled 458 teachers. While the strike continued through just one weekend, sports events and school activities were cancelled, and scheduled final exams were pushed back to January.

Likewise, the teacher work stoppage was short-lived at Chicago’s 15-school charter network called Acero, lasting just four days before teachers and administrators agreed to suspend it, and end the nation’s first-ever charter school strike. The strike involved nearly 500 teachers, and kept approximately 7,500 students out of the classroom for days.

Earlier the Champaign CUSD 4 Board of Education and the local teachers organization reached a tentative agreement November 20 on a new contract, avoiding a strike by nearly 200 teachers. Negotiators there worked out a three-year deal, since ratified.

In other labor developments, a contract dispute between the board of education for Township High School District 211 and the local teacher union stretched into December, leading to an intent-to-strike notice. But the two sides averted a strike, according to a December 17 news report by WGN television.

The earliest the teachers in the Palatine-Schaumburg area district could have had a strike would have been December 17, according to the school board's message to parents. The high school district serves about 11,750 students, making it one of the largest high school districts in the state.

More information is available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects public postings for education-related final offers. Current IELRB postings can be accessed here.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Reminder: School board candidate petitions due Monday, Dec. 17

Candidates running for school board on the April 2, 2019 consolidated election will need to submit their signed nominating petitions to the county clerk’s office or the county board of election commissioners by Monday, December 17.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 50 qualified voters who live in the district, or 10 percent of the qualified voters who live in the district, whichever is less.
IASB has a number of materials and resources available on the Association’s website to assist prospective school board members.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

One of the longest-serving board
members has been on board for 44 years

IASB records indicate that one of the longest-serving active school board members in Illinois is Marjorie Loizzo, of Rondout SD 72 (Lake Forest), a board secretary and nurse who has compiled 44 years of service on the board.

“I am honored to have been able to contribute to our schools for so many years,” said Loizzo, who is 81. Loizzo said she is proud of having served “as a board member for 44 years.” She took office in 1974 when Rondout was served by a three-member school board.

She says she originally ran for the job because she had seven children and wanted to help shape the educational program at the small school. An eighth child arrived later, and more than a dozen grandchildren.

Loizzo formerly worked as a part-time nurse at Lambs Farm in Green Oaks. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated with the class of 1958.

She says IASB has helped her develop as a school board member, and she tries not to miss the services and events the Association offers. 

Correction on long-serving board member -- December 17, 2018
Blog editors deeply regret an error in a December 13 story on longevity of board members. The story about the remarkable length of service of board member Marjorie Loizzo, of Rondout SD 72 (Lake Forest), listed Loizzo as the longest-serving board member, at 44 years according to IASB records. It should have listed Don Choate, of Jonesboro CCSD 43, as the longest-serving member, at 51 years.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Leading News keeps readers informed
of media coverage on education issues

To help readers stay informed, IASB offers news headlines, featuring daily news about issues of importance to school board members, on this News Blog.

Leading News, a collection of public education-related headlines from across the state and nation, helps readers understand what the media is covering, and allows school board members to stay on top of the issues they face, or may face, in their leadership roles.

Leading News is updated most weekdays -- and some weekends -- throughout the year. IASB members and the public can access this resource by clicking on the Leading News icon above or in the right column of the News Blog. An archive of Leading News is available there as well.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Changes to Master Board Member Program bring all board members aboard

With the full integration of IASB’s data management system, changes that expand member inclusion have been implemented for the Association’s member recognition platform, the Master Board Member Program.

Previously, all board members who wanted to participate in the Master Board Member Program would fill out a yearly summary form detailing their activities and IASB staff would manually add points to their record.  Now that members register for events and training online via the member database, all training points are automatically totaled and added to the board member’s profile. This means that all Association school board members are automatically included in the Master Board Member Program, unless they choose to opt-out.

Because all members now tally points toward their Master Board Member status, IASB has seen a significant increase in individuals recognized for their training participation. In 2018, more than 1,300 Master Board Member - Level I members received the honors. That’s up from just around 100 members recognized in 2017.

Other changes to the Master Board Member Program include the complete elimination of self-reporting of additional outside activities that previously counted toward Master Board Member points. Participating board members will also now receive a framed Master Board Member certificate after earning 200 points. To maintain the Master Board Member status, members will need to earn 40 points each year and will receive an updated certificate at Fall Division meetings.

Board members can view their Master Board Member points and recognition records by signing into “My Account” and selecting the Education and Recognition link. Additional information on the Master Board Member Program and other recognition programs can be found on the IASB website.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Geneva teacher strike the first this year

The first teacher strike in Illinois in over a year began on December 3 at Geneva CUSD 304. The work action involves 458 teachers, and leaves approximately 5,800 students out of the classroom.

The district stated in October that it has offered teachers raises of more than $2,000 a year for the next three years. The board said the union wants still-higher pay increases and is demanding that the district pay an increased percentage of health insurance premiums.

The union issued its intent-to-strike notice on October 2, following a meeting with a federal mediator, one of at least seven such mediation sessions.

The most recent Illinois school strike occurred in Palatine CCSD 15, where members of the Education Support Personnel Association union went on strike on October 15, 2017. That action involved school nurses, special education classroom aides, and school secretaries. Schools remained open, however, and a federal judge ordered the employees considered “essential” – nurses and some aides – back to work, and all workers went back to work just prior to an agreement being reached on October 29, 2017.

Illinois has recorded only 21 school strikes since 2010, with eight of those occurring in 2012, and four occurring in 2016.

More information is available from the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB), which collects education-related final offers for posting on its website. Current IELRB postings can be accessed here.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bingo, OLC winners
from Conference announced

IASB Homeroom, besides being a place for attendees to gather Conference information and learn about IASB products and services, was the headquarters for a number of prize giveaways, with a total of 24 prizes.

Click below to read about contests and the drawing winners from 2018.

Bingo winners announced
The winners have been announced for the IASB Service Associates Bingo game at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference.

Bingo cards were included in the 2018 Conference program. Players had to visit each of 12 sponsors in the Exhibit Hall, and have the Bingo squares marked by the participating exhibitor before turning the card in to the IASB Homeroom.

Bingo at the Joint Annual Conference is sponsored by IASB Service Associates, a member group that is comprised of businesses that offer school-related products and services. Each has earned a favorable reputation for quality and integrity and has been invited to membership by the IASB Board of Directors. Click here to learn more. 

Twenty winners’ names were drawn on Saturday, November 17, from over 300 cards that were submitted. A $75 Amazon gift card will be mailed to each of the following attendees:

Cheri Coby, Gavin SD 37
Cheryl Simpson, Indian Creek SD 425
Jacqueline Doss, Country Club Hills SD 160
Dawn Walker, N Pekin-Marquette Heights SD 102
Faith Gunter, Dolton SD 148
Marilyn Barnes, Ford Heights SD 169
Wendell Marshall, Brooklyn USD 188
Tara Hall, Vandalia CUSD 203
Rose Hernandez, Silvis SD 34
Brittnie Morrell, Virginia CUSD 64
Annette Whittington, Thornton THSD 205
Andrea VanLeer, Salt Fork SD 512
Walter Mosby, Park Forest Chicago Heights SD 163
Camille Harris, Hillside SD 93
Kerry Morris, Reed-Custer CUSD 255U
Karen Slater, Hillside SD 93
Tammi Davis, Park Forest Chicago Heights SD 163
Stephanie Haugh, Oregon CUSD 220
Gianina Baker, Champaign CUSD 4
Pat Hutson, Country Club Hills SD 16

Online Learning Center Raffle Winners
Four names were drawn in the raffle for the LeaderShop Online Learning Center. This promotion was held in the IASB Homeroom during the 2018 Joint Annual Conference. The winners include

Brad Crow, Salem SD 111
Anna Klimkowicz, Township HSD 211
Franci Miller, Blue Ridge CUSD 18
Jason Waters, Northwestern CUSD 2

These board members will receive free registration for one Online Learning Center (OLC) course. OLC allows participants to take courses in an online format that features targeted information followed by short, scenario-based question-and-answer quizzes to ensure test-takers’ understanding of the material.

Current offerings cover school discipline reform, bullying prevention, administrator searches, the Open Meetings Act, Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT), the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), and a division leadership series. Development of additional courses is underway.

The winning entries were drawn randomly from among the more than 1,000 people who visited the IASB Homeroom, which was open to members and guests on Friday and Saturday.