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    • August 01, 2022
    • July 31, 2023
    • Google Classroom
    Registration is closed

    Coaches inspire educators and leaders to create equitable and ongoing access to high-quality learning by establishing trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.

    That is why we are partnering with our friends from Illinois Council of Instructional Coaching (ICIC) for a year-long Coaching Collaborative Cohort.

    The purpose of this cohort is to provide a high quality, connected learning experience for coaches across all types of coaching programs, platforms, and modalities. Modules will focus on professional development for coaching and teaching, supporting instruction through feedback, assessing impact, and coaching advocacy.

    Included in your registration is:

    This cohort has 2 registration options:

    • Regular Registration - $525 for up to 60 PDHs
    • University Credit Registration - $725 for up to 60 PDHs PLUS earn 2 graduate credits from Quincy University


    Click here to learn more information!

    • September 01, 2022
    • May 31, 2023
    Register

    We know to tackle the climate crisis, we will need the hands, hearts, and best ideas from every person at every age from everywhere. Take Action Global is proud to partner with IDEA to offer the Climate Action Schools Program for Illinois PreK-12 schools.

    Ready to take action for the planet through project-based learning, global collaboration, digital agency and environmental justice? Join our IDEA Cohort for the 2022-2023 school year!

    We are excited to offer this program for a select number of schools. By registering, you are expressing your interest in this program.  Once "registered", TAG will reach out to complete your official registration. 

    Each participating school will:

    • Be matched with three other global schools for virtual exchange and guided action 
    • Engage in environment across-the-curriculum activities enabling students to use edtech for a purpose 
    • Integrate social-emotional learning, wellness, innovation, and student-centered practices in teaching and learning 
    • Participate in tree planting experiences, school climate audits, Global Earth Day Celebrations
    • Access school-to-home and school-to-community outreach opportunities and an educator community portal with professional development and teacher certification 
    • Become a designated Climate Action School (school banner included!) 
    • Join IDEA for a Student Showcase in May at the State Capital 

    Pricing varies depending on district size.  Contact Jennifer for a quote.

    • October 01, 2022
    • October 31, 2022
    Register

    Nutrition is a big part of self care.  When done correctly, a healthy diet can nourish your body and soul.

    Join the IDEA South Suburbs Chapter for our October Wellness Challenge: Healthy Eating. Register to receive a vegetable chart and a quick and easy 30-minute soup recipe that is perfect for a fall, family-friendly weeknight dinner with a fresh flavor.

    • October 12, 2022
    • October 13, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • In-Person at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Virtual
    Register

    Join us for two days of in-person or online learning at CEC! That’s right. IDEA’s Coaching Academy is now the Conference for Educational Coaches (CEC)! 

    But this was just a name change. It’s still the same fantastic conference offered by IDEA, in partnership with TCEA, for anyone and everyone who is leading professional development and/or coaching and supporting educators.

    You can count on CEC for impactful ideas, applicable knowledge, and implementable strategies you can use. And you’ll leave this two-day conference excited by what you’ve learned from your peers in the field.

    Join us to hear from Keynote Speakers Todd Finley and Jake Miller as well as coaching gurus, Victoria Thompson, Stacey Roshan, Victor Hicks, Rachelle Dene Poth, Stephanie Howell, Katie Fielding, Dr. Carolyn Gadsden Holliday, Jenna Krambeck-Reeh and many more!

    Click HERE to view our schedule (subject to change)

    Join us virtually or in-person!  All registrations include on-demand access for 30-days (ends November 14, 2022).

    Illinois educators can earn 30+ PDHs for this event.

    • October 18, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • In Person at 125 W. Ellsworth Rd., Westville, IL OR Virtual
    Register

    All are welcome to join IDEA's Illini Chapter’s October meeting!

    October 18 from 4:30-5:30 PM Hybrid Style! Join in person at the Westville Schools Central Office OR via Zoom.

    We will be discussing digital literacy and exploring the FREE resources from Google for Education’s Applied Digital Skills. 

    Topics will include:

    • Learning more about Google for Education's Applied Digital Skills
    • Browse the Applied Digital Skills library of units and lessons
    • Practice using the Teacher Dashboard for assigning, monitoring, and offering feedback. 
    Illinois educators can earn 1 PDH for attending this event. 
    • October 19, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • October 30, 2022
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online
    Register

    In truly inclusive classroom environments, students and their peers with disabilities are given ample opportunity to learn about one another so that they can identify similarities and break down differences that get in the way of friendship. 

      Join IDEA for our October Playground on Inclusion.  Attendees will walk away with knowledge on Neurodivergent and Neurotypical best practices, lesson design, and Resources to gain more insights.

      Here is how a playground works:  you will have from October 19 until October 30 to watch 3-6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

      Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

      • October 20, 2022
      • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Kino
      Register

      Join the IDEA Northern Suburbs Chapter for a Virtual Fall Share-O-Rama on October 20 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM!

      At Share-A-Rama, attendees will have an opportunity to share a website, extension, app, tip, trick, shortcut, or more in jigsaw-style presentations.

      Share-A-Rama shares are delivered quickly, so be ready to learn a lot in a little bit of time! Come learn and share if you're comfortable. We can’t wait to "see" you!

      Attendees will receive a follow-up email with the list of the shared ideas.

      Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attending this event LIVE.

      • October 26, 2022
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Morton District Office (1050 S. 4th Ave., Morton, IL)
      Registration is closed

      Do you want a better understanding of the day to day life of your district's technology department?

      If you answered "YES!", then this workshop is for you!

      During this Administrator Academy, attendees will:

      • Explore the options for staffing and organizing a district technology department.
      • Gain an understanding of the needed security measures a district must undergo to protect the district and its student's data.
      • Dive into technology finance to get an understanding of the budgetary needs of a technology department along with getting a general understanding of E-Rate.

      By the end of this workshop, attendees will have the needed information to have meaningful conversations with their technology departments in order to move their district forward.

      Participants should bring or know how to access your district's organization chart, SOPPA agreements, and technology plan (if available).

      Educators can choose to earn Admin Academy credit ($225) or 6 PDHs ($100).


      Interested in other Admin Academies?  Check out our other upcoming opportunities:

      • November 14, 2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • November 30, 2022
      • 11:59 PM
      • Online
      Register

      Welcome to the November playground which is all about fostering computer science program comprehension!

      In this playground we will focus on the following areas:

      • Unplug, unpack and repack
      • Working together to integrate
      • Reading and exploring code
      • Modeling best practices
      • Challenging misconceptions
      • Creating projects

      As a discipline, computing is broad, with connections to many other subject areas. It is also rich in concepts. While some are quite tangible, many are very abstract. As an educator, it can be easy to get distracted by the technology tool, programming language or context that your learners are using. This playground will help support learners' conceptual understanding of computer science.

        Here is how a playground works:  you will have from November 14 until November 30 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

        Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

        • November 15, 2022
        • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Chicago - TBD
        Register

        This course is designed to support district leaders in the development, evolution, implementation, and promotion of programs and initiatives which will best support students in the future.

        Through a researched-based and systemic view, participants will identify celebrations and challenges with current district culture and organizational structure and reflect on possible changes. Also participants will deepen understanding of alternative and authentic assessment methods and blended/personalized learning models and reflect on possible next steps for implementation.

        In addition, participants will explore options for flexible differentiated professional development for staff and examine the role of messaging and community partnerships with focus on positive use of Social Media.

        Educators can choose to earn Admin Academy credit ($225) or 6 PDHs ($100).

        Interested in other Admin Academies?  Check out our other upcoming opportunities:

        • November 16, 2022
        • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
        • Kino by Kinetx Co.
        Register

        Hook your students on coding with free Hour of Code tutorials with CodeHS!

        CodeHS has over 20 awesome hour-long computer science and programming tutorials including Cryptocurrency, Coding for Music, Building Mobile Apps, Creating Virtual Worlds, Coding in Java, unplugged activities, and more!  

        In this webinar you will learn how to set up and prepare for the Hour of Code with your students.  Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science during Computer Science Education Week (December 5 - 11).

        Illinois educators can earn 1 PDH for attending this webinar LIVE.

        Presenter: M.R. Halloran, Professional Development Specialist @ CodeHS
        Based in Chicago, MR comes to the CodeHS Professional Development team after several years of teaching in urban K12, community center, and virtual environments. MR earned her BA in Secondary Education with an English Language Arts and Teaching English as a Second Language focus. Passionate about making education accessible and engaging to all, she regularly adapted curriculum and methodologies for special needs, English Language Learners, and at-risk students. She believes people from every walk of life can have a seat at the table in the computer science and technology world – no matter where they’re beginning.

        • December 03, 2022
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Viking Middle School (4460 Old Grand Ave Gurnee, IL 60031)
        Register

        The IDEA Northern Suburbs MiniCon is a half-day mini-conference featuring some of the best EdTech talent in the Northern Suburbs.

        Join the Northern Suburbs Chapter on Saturday, December 3rd at Viking Middle School in Gurnee. Participants choose from a wide offering of exciting sessions run by teachers, tech coaches, and administrators on a wide variety of topics. The Student Innovation Playground will be open with poster sessions running throughout the morning where students will walk you through their projects and learning as well as answer questions.

        This conference is a great value for anyone interested in spending a Saturday morning learning from, connecting with, and being inspired by like-minded educators. Multiple sessions will run throughout the morning with the conference ending at 12 PM. An off-site restaurant location will be provided for those that want to carry on the discussion and comradery after the event. 

        Schedule

        9:00 - 9:15  Welcome/Opening
        9:15 - 10:00 - Session 1
        10:15 - 11:00 - Session 2

        11:15 - 12:00 - Session 3

        The Student Innovation Playground is open throughout!

        After event off-site meetup


        For more information, click HERE

        Professional development hours will be available.

        • December 12, 2022
        • 8:00 AM
        • December 31, 2022
        • 11:59 PM
        • Online
        Register

        Welcome to the December  playground which is all about Meaningful feedback is imperative for student growth. But how do we provide an authentic audience for our students in the first place? Along with learning about several formative assessment strategies, this workshop will unpack the power of feedback and the potential to connect students to an authentic audience.

        In this playground, we will focus on the following areas:

        • Types of feedback
        • Involving the learners
        • Authentic audience
        • Formative assessment strategies
        • Goal setting

          Here is how a playground works:  you will have from December 12 until December 31 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

          Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

          • January 16, 2023
          • 8:00 AM
          • January 31, 2023
          • 11:59 PM
          • Online
          Register

          This month's playground is intended to help educators increase self-awareness.

          In this series, you’ll find opportunities  to think about your own thinking and understand how their own thoughts and behaviors impact their interactions with others.

          Some topics include but are not limited to:

          • Self-Regulation
          • Stress Management
          • Reframing your Mindset
          • Brain Behavior
          • Fostering Healthy Connection
          • Healthy Boundaries
          • People Pleasing in the Workplace
          • Self-Responsibility and Self-Management in the Workplace

          Here is how a playground works:  you will have from January 16 until January 31 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

          Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

          • February 13, 2023
          • February 15, 2023
          • Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

          Are you a passionate educator looking for innovative practices?

          Do you want to find creative best practices to integrate into your district, building or classroom?

          Looking for the most dedicated and supportive individuals to join your PLN?

          If you answered "YES!", then join us for IDEAcon, a 3-day national conference that draws in presenters, thought leaders, exhibitors, and partners from all over the world.

          But IDEAcon isn't just a conference; IDEAcon is an experience. From daily thought leaders in the areas of education and DEI and Accessibility to hundreds of sessions that allow you to truly customize your IDEAcon experience to evening social events that truly make you feel like you're part of the IDEA family, IDEAcon is a conference you won't forget, for all the right reasons

          IDEAcon 2023 will include both virtual and in-person sessions at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

          Join us Feb. 13-15, 2023, for the best IDEAcon yet!


          Click HERE for more information and to register!

          • March 01, 2023
          • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
          • Kino
          Register

          What can you do to advance your pedagogical skills and maximize student learning?

          To transform the field of education, we must promote a career continuum that leads to accomplished teaching.

          Join this #WednesdayWebinar to learn about National Board Certification, the research-based process towards certification, the ISBE subsidy for certification, and how you can achieve National Board Certification.

          Illinois Educators can earn 1 PDH for attending this webinar live.

          • March 15, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Chicago, IL
          Register

          Do you want a better understanding of the day to day life of your district's technology department?

          If you answered "YES!", then this workshop is for you!

          During this Administrator Academy, attendees will:

          • Explore the options for staffing and organizing a district technology department.
          • Gain an understanding of the needed security measures a district must undergo to protect the district and its student's data.
          • Dive into technology finance to get an understanding of the budgetary needs of a technology department along with getting a general understanding of E-Rate.

          By the end of this workshop, attendees will have the needed information to have meaningful conversations with their technology departments in order to move their district forward.

          Participants should bring or know how to access your district's organization chart, SOPPA agreements, and technology plan (if available).

          Educators can choose to earn Admin Academy credit ($225) or 6 PDHs ($100).


          Interested in other Admin Academies?  Check out our other upcoming opportunities:

          • April 17, 2023
          • 8:00 AM
          • April 29, 2023
          • 11:59 PM
          • Online
          Register

          This month's playground is all about empowering young learners!

          Learn how you can help your students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

          Learn all about the following:

          • Students articulate and set personal learning goals
          • Develop strategies leveraging technology
          • Reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes 
          • Students build networks and customize their learning environments
          • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice
          • Students demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways

          Here is how a playground works:  you will have from April 17 until April 29 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

          Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

          • April 19, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
          • Zoom
          Register

          This workshop will focus on the evaluation of technology in the classroom and how it relates to the evaluation of teachers. It is designed to provide administrators with the ability to walk into a classroom and know the difference between a teacher using technology as a lesson enhancer not just using it to say they are using it.

          The course will also address effective tools that administrators can use from day to day, such as websites, blogs, podcasting, and social media to relay information to stakeholders in the community.

          Also addressed is the ever growing need to move to 1:1 computing as educators get close to the Common Core testing structure and what needs to be understood before making this all important move in the future.

          Learning targets:

          - Building a culture of learning and the importance of leaders modeling the use of technology.

          - Understanding the integration and use of technology in classrooms.

          - Evaluation of technology in the classroom and how it relates to the evaluation of educators.

          Educators can choose to earn Admin Academy credit ($225) or 6 PDHs ($100).

          Interested in other Admin Academies?  Check out our other upcoming opportunities:

          • May 11, 2023
          • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Chicago - TBD
          Register

          This course is designed to support district leaders in the development, evolution, implementation, and promotion of programs and initiatives which will best support students in the future.

          Through a researched-based and systemic view, participants will identify celebrations and challenges with current district culture and organizational structure and reflect on possible changes. Also participants will deepen understanding of alternative and authentic assessment methods and blended/personalized learning models and reflect on possible next steps for implementation.

          In addition, participants will explore options for flexible differentiated professional development for staff and examine the role of messaging and community partnerships with focus on positive use of Social Media.

          Educators can choose to earn Admin Academy credit ($225) or 6 PDHs ($100).

            • May 15, 2023
            • 8:00 AM
            • May 31, 2023
            • 11:59 PM
            • Online
            Register

            This month's playground is all about assessment strategies.

            It’s of the utmost importance that educators provide varying ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology. This may mean using data from formative assessments or summative assessments to help create deeper richer learning experiences. 

            This playground will cover:

            • Using technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs 
            • Providing timely feedback to students and inform instruction.
            • Using assessment data to guide progress 
            • Communicating with students, parents and education stakeholders to build student self-direction.

            Here is how a playground works: 

            Attendees will have from May 15 until May 31 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.


            Illinois educators can earn up to three (3) PDHs for this event. 

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