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including collective bargaining, lead-

Thousands of members and

ership practices, and school finance.

guests attended General Sessions

Two days of specialized training were

on Fr id ay, Satu rd ay, a nd Su n-

offered for 211 school board secretar-

day. This year’s keynoters were

ies, including information on IMRF

Asgedom, an Ethiopian war refugee

#ILjac16 tweets:

benefits, FOIA and OMA require-

and education leadership advocate;

@KyleThompson643 (Nov 19) — Okaw Valley administrators proudly sharing their community partnerships and student success stories. #iljac16

ments, Google Drive, collaborative

television personality Joan Lunden;

conversations, agendas and minutes,

and national safety expert Michael

social media, legal Q& As, and two

Dorn. The general sessions were

keynote speakers.

also where awards were given out

@mikelubelfeld (Nov 19) — #bikewitmike cool story from teacher using technology and fitness -creativity #iljac16 leadership at every level #suptchat

IASB also offered nine Pre-Con-

for school design, risk management,

ference Workshops in 11 half-day or

and individual awards for superin-

full-day options that drew 794 par-

tendent, school board president,

ticipants. Workshop topics included

school business official, and school

basics of governance, PDLT/PERA

board secretary of the year. Special

Students (215); and Collective Bar-

(mandatory board training), board

guests included the NSBA executive

gaining in Uncertain Times (200).

presidents, superintendent evalu-

director, and IASB past presidents

The popular Carousel of Panels

ation, Myers-Briggs type indicator,

and executive directors.

on Saturday afternoon had a total

community engagement, collective

Social media played a signifi-

attendance of 783.

bargaining, and school finance. A

cant part at this year’s Conference,

Many of the panel sessions pro-

new workshop this year focused

a s a T weet messa ge board wa s

vided online handouts and Power-

on race and its impact on achiev-

prominently displayed and promot-

Point presentations, some of which

ing equity in schools. Presented

ed in the IASB Homeroom. More

are available to download from the

twice, the attendance for “A Cou-

than 200 individuals and organi-

I ASB Members-Only tab on the

rageous Conversation about Race

zations participated by tweeting


and Its Impact on Achieving Equi-

and retweeting via the hashtag

ty in Schools” drew a total of 210

# ILjac16, and adding their own


messages and photos.

Other training opportunities included an all-day school law seminar for school attorneys and work-

Lic en sed I l l i nois teacher s

Links to an online gallery of

shops for Illinois ASBO members,

attending as guests or as board

photos taken at the Conference and

members were also able to qualify

at the IASB Homeroom photo booth

for nine Professional Development

have been posted, along with full

Clock Hours, and 178 participated.

coverage of the 2016 Conference,

This year, 357 districts sent rep-



resentatives to the IASB Delegate

The 85th Joint Annual Confer-

Assembly to vote on 16 resolutions

ence will be held Nov. 17-19, 2017 in

and changes to the Association Con-

Chicago. A Call for Proposals is now

stitution. They also elected officers

available for local school districts

and heard reports from the Associ-

and related organizations that want

ation president and treasurer, and

to make panel presentations next

heard from the Illinois FFA state

year. Information for exhibitors will

champion parliamentary procedure

be posted in February, while housing

winner, Zach Becker, a 2016 graduate

and registration will be posted in

of Amboy High School.

early June 2017.


The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.

The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017  

A bimonthly magazine for public school board members and administrators highlighting issues in education.