Monday, February 25, 2019

Learning and advocacy to be the focus of 2019 Alliance Leadership Summit

The third Alliance Leadership Summit will begin on Tuesday, February 26 and continue through Wednesday, February 27 in Springfield at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Hosted by the four Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance associations, IASB, Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO), and Illinois Principals Association (IPA), the two-day professional development event will provide Illinois school officials an opportunity to come together to learn and engage legislators.

Dr. Jeffrey McCausland, U.S. Army colonel (retired), will be the featured speaker, delivering his presentation, “Lincoln, Strategic Vision, and Managing a Crisis” at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday. McCausland will examine President Lincoln’s ability to formulate a strategic vision and communicate it to the nation, and how that translates to lessons for modern leaders.

Also on the agenda for February 26 will be opening remarks at 10 a.m. from IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark, followed by a media analysts’ panel featuring WCIA-TV’s Mark Maxwell, Associated Press political writer John O’Connor, and WUIS/NPR education reporter Dusty Rhodes. A panel titled “Focus on the Issues” presented by Alliance staff members will begin at 2:30 p.m., while IASB Executive Director Dr. Thomas Bertrand will deliver closing remarks for the first day before attendees head to a legislative reception at the State House Inn at 5 p.m.

Dr. Jason Leahy, IPA executive director, will kick off day two of the summit at 8:30 a.m., followed by a legislative panel with Senators Jason Barickman, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, and Andy Manar, and Representatives Terri Bryan, William Davis, and Tony McCombie. At 10:30 a.m. lobbyists from the Statewide School Management Alliance will present a panel on advocacy tips and advice before Illinois ASBO Executive Director Dr. Michael Jacoby closes out the learning portion of the Alliance Summit.

Attendees will have an hour for lunch and networking before heading to the Capitol and Stratton Building for appointments with legislators. Summit registrants who plan on speaking with legislators Wednesday afternoon are encouraged to contact the offices of their state representatives prior to arrival in order to arrange meetings.

Live updates from the 2019 Alliance Leadership Summit will be available on social media by using #ILedsummit19.