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Miss out on ideaU? No worries! You can register and have access to recordings of the LIVE keynote and thought leader sessions, along with all watch-on-demand content through Sept. 6, 2021.

Register before Aug. 23, 2021 for access

We know this past school year was tough, but YOU are tougher! Idea U will help you rekindle your spark for teaching. After all, one idea tends to spark another.

During this virtual, five-day institute, you'll have the opportunity to connect with fellow educators, learn in an engaging and fun environment, and get inspired for the upcoming school year. 

Each day will showcase a LIVE keynote speaker to kick things off for the day. The rest of the day will include LIVE and watch-on-demand sessions. All watch-on-demand videos will be available for registered attendees to view through August 27th.  

Psst… That means you can soak in the information while you soak up the sun on your back deck or by the pool!

ideaU 2021 will focus on five strands:


Teaching the Whole Child




Computer Science for All


Tech Tips


Life-Long Learner

Registration for ideaU is now open! Register here.

Debating on whether or not to register? Here are three reasons why you should:

1. Illinois educators can earn 20+ Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending ideaU. 

2. When you register for ideaU, you will be automatically entered to win our IDEAcon Be Our Guest VIP Contest! One winner will receive a FREE ticket to IDEAcon 2022, plus more VIP perks during the conference. 

3. Rekindle your SPARK for teaching!

If those reasons aren't enough to convince you, our lineup of speakers and sessions will be!

View the ideaU 2021 Agenda

Got questions? We've got answers! Click below for our FAQ page. If you have any issues with registration, please email us at info@ideaillinois.org. 

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Check out the ideaU keynote speakers! 

ideaU Keynote Day 1

Coding with Culture: combining HBCU Culture and Computer Science

Victor “Coach” Hicks

Victor “Coach” Hicks, the founder of Coding with Culture, has six years of experience teaching computer science and technology. He also has an impressive 20 years of experience teaching and coaching in his hometown of Chicago and where he currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In his keynote on Aug. 9, you’ll learn fun and easy ways to incorporate computational thought and culture through innovative computer programming and digital literacy lessons. The PBL units shared are applicable across grade bands and subject areas. Watch LIVE for a fun, engaging session packed full of insights. 

ideaU Keynote Day 2

Pedagogy Panel Strategy Swap

Kim Darche, Lindsay Zilly, Jennifer Wargin, Jenn Noncek-Eastman, David Lerch, Andy Fekete, Julie Ryan

Join Kim Darche, teacher and ideaU volunteer, and Lindsay Zilly as they moderate a panel discussion with fellow educators. They will be joined by Jennifer Wargin, Jennifer Noncek-Eastman, David Lerch, Andy Fekete, and Julie Ryan to discuss topics such as classroom management, how to build community, and even the best ways to wrap up a lesson or a class.

ideaU Keynote Day 3

You & The Truth: Empowering Students to Fight the Good Fight

Kyla Guru

Kyla Guru is a sophomore at Stanford University and the founder of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, a national 501(c)(3) that distributes open-sourced curriculum to 200+ schools and sustains 20+ partnerships with nonprofits, corporations, and educational platforms to increase awareness in cybersecurity. 

In her keynote, Kyla will talk about how disinformation is a gendered security challenge that uniquely affects girls and women in the U.S. and globally. She will share helpful information and tools to empower girls to defend their reality and contribute to national security.

ideaU Keynote Day 4

Creative Checkpoints

Kheila Dunkerly

Kheila Dunkerly is the Director of Innovation for Bermudian Springs School District. She has also served as a classroom teacher and an instructional coach during her 18 years in education and is passionate about using technology to inspire creative expression in all subject areas. Kheila is an Apple Distinguished Educator and was recognized as the Innovator of the Year at the 2021 Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference.

Her keynote is all about checking in with students before they check out by using technology to ignite creativity. Kheila says when we provide opportunities for creative expression, we see an increase in student engagement, problem solving skills development, and students making more authentic connections. Join Kheila as she looks at how to use digital tools to check in with our students in creative, meaningful ways!

ideaU Keynote Day 5

Dr. Marcus Belin

Dr. Marcus Belin serves as the Principal of Huntley High School and the President of Illinois Principals Association.

As a motivational speaker and host of the podcast Unapologetic Leadership, he is passionate about creating learning environments that foster social-emotional support for kids, leveraging the integration of technology to expose kids to the world around them, motivating educators, and challenging the status quo of education.

Tune in for his LIVE keynote all about being a lifelong learner! We promise you will walk away inspired and ready to keep learning.

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