Full & Half Day Workshops & Administrator Academies

2019 Workshop Notes

Registration: Advanced, pre-registration by Nov. 6 is required.  On-site registration will not be available.

Meals: Lunch is provided for those registering for two half-day workshops (one morning, one afternoon) and for those registering for a full-day workshop. Lunch will not be provided for those attending one half-day workshop session.

Full-Day Workshops & Administrator Academies

Coaching Academy

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Participants in this workshop will explore coaching strategies to engage, inspire and build community within a school or district. As interactive experiences, participants will engage in activities as their staff members would during professional growth opportunities. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of professional growth and the coaching cycle along with proven research to enhance the development of teachers.

The work we will do together provides real, rubber to the road strategies to incorporate job-embedded opportunities and creative options for strategic and ongoing support. We explore questioning techniques, unique ways to approach brainstorming, building a culture of learning and more through leveraging digital learning tools and research. We approach our time together with high energy but also allows for reflection so that participants can consider and re-imagine coaching opportunities in their own school or district.

Presenter: Lindsey Zilly, Julie Powell, Stephanie Pitzer
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Instructional Coaches
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Explore and Built in the Virtual World

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Come out for a day of exploring and creating in VR. Get hands-on with tools such as Google Expedition, Tour Builder, and more. We will not just explore we will also be creating VR content. VR has proven to be a tool to increase student engagement with greater retention of content. Come and open up a world of possibilities for your students today.

Presenter: Mike McGowan, Technology Director, Sunnybrook School District 171
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Designing with Intention

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Inertia, momentum, and tradition can cause friction in the education system in a time when change and innovation are essential. This presentation looks at how some schools and districts are using the power of intentional design to sync their efforts to design instructional practices that impact, use technology tools for creation, and create physical spaces optimized for the modern learner. It will contain practical ideas and tips for continuing this change journey in your space.

Presenter: Robert Dillon, Director of Innovation Learning
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Administrator Academy #3014
Future Ready Leaders

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Future Ready Schools (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Participants will engage with the program’s FREE tools in order to meet the needs of their district. This workshop is designed to support participants in any phase of the program.

Presenter: Melinda Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Google Administrator Certification

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

A day dedicated to Google management updates, best practices and becoming a certified Google Administrator. The early part of the day will be dedicated to discussions, problem-solving and best practices for managing your. In the afternoon those wishing to challenge the Google Administrator Certification will have the room and the opportunity. This session is BYOD.

Presenter: Butch Wilson, Director of Technology, Christopher Unit School District #99
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Technology Coordinators
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Making Magic with Code: Build a Web App Using Firebase

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

If you’ve got just a little HTML and JavaScript experience, you can build a superfast scalable web app FOR FREE using Firebase, Google’s awesome and easy-to-use database system! This workshop will show you how easy it is to integrate Firebase in a new project using Google single sign on, getting info from users, and creating easily searchable data sets. Join us and leave with a working web app!

Presenter: Adam Geisen, Instructional Technology Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Leadership in Personal and Digital Learning

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Presenter: Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Innovation Literacy: Unleashing Tech and Maker Learning in Every Classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Leverage student learning in every classroom by infusing technology and maker strategies to advance literacy skills. This workshop will be a hands-on, fun-filled opportunity to gain engaging strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Presenter: Jacie Maslyk, Assistant Superintendent, Hopewell Area SD
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Half-Day Morning Workshops

Integrating STEAM in a K-5 classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Participants will experience hands on strategies with integrated lesson plans for several STEAM challenges. Making connections to grade level literature and multiple content standards can help educators find the time to incorporate science, technology and engineering into the K-5 classroom. Participants will also have time to create an integrated lesson plan based on a STEAM challenge.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches
Meals: Continental breakfast is provided.  Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

iWorks Reimagined

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Pages, Keynote and Numbers aren’t just word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications. They are so much more. We will share how we use them as in ELA, math science and social studies for creation, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

Presenter: Jordan Pelton, iDirector, Berwyn South School District 100
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Meals: Continental breakfast is provided.  Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Make Your Own BreakoutEDU

Wednesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Have you heard about Breakout EDU or Escape Rooms in the classroom, but not sure what the hype is all about? During this workshop, participants will experience breakouts in various ways, whole group, small group, and digital. During breakouts, your students problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills to the test. .

Presenter: Kari Moulton, Teacher/Instructional Technology Coach, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast is provided.  Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Half-Day Afternoon Workshops

Making the most of eLearning Days!

Wednesday, Nov. 13
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Is your school taking advantage of eLearning days this winter? Not sure how to structure your lessons? Come explore the BEST tools to use on eLearning days in this interactive session, to make lessons and grading EASY! (iPads? Chromebooks? No 1:1? No problem!)

Presenter: Pete Dulany, President / Founder, Dulany Consulting
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attended a morning workshop.  An afternoon beverage/snack break is provided.
Cost: $75

Robots in the Classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 13
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Come get hands on with various robots that are great fit for any elementary classroom. See how these engaging tools can enhance any content as well as teach the fundamentals on computational thinking. Sphero, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, Ozobot, and more will be available to test out.

Presenter: Sarah Phelps, Elementary Computer Science, Triad Community Unit School District
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attended a morning workshop.  An afternoon beverage/snack break is provided.
Cost: $75