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COVER STORY 9 Starting here: Joint Annual Conference convened in Chicago The 84th annual meeting of Illinois’ school leaders and administrators featured professional development opportunities, inspirational moments, candid conversations, and “the power to change lives.” By James Russell Photography By Robert Levy.

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The Ripple Effect: How change spreads in communities A revival of community-based strategies can help defeat political gridlock, toxic public discourse, and mistrust in public institutions. By Richard C. Harwood

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20 Strategies for reducing suspensions Senate Bill 100 requires school districts to reduce suspensions. These strategies take a proactive approach covering communication, classroom management and staff development, administration and HR, and counseling. By David E. Bartz

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ILLINOIS SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL (ISSN-0019-221X) is published every other month by the Illinois Association of School Boards, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62703-5929, telephone 217/528-9688. The IASB regional office is located at One Imperial Place, 1 East 22nd Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148-6120, telephone 630/629-3776. The JOURNAL is supported by the dues of school boards holding active membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards. Copies are mailed to all school board members and the superintendent in each IASB member school district. Non-member subscription rate: Domestic $18 per year. Foreign (including Canada and Mexico) $21 per year. PUBLICATION POLICY IASB believes that the domestic process functions best through frank and open discussion. Material published in the JOURNAL, therefore, often presents divergent and controversial points of view which do not necessarily represent the views or policies of IASB. James Russell, Associate Executive Director Theresa Kelly Gegen, Editor Gary Adkins, Contributing Editor Heath Hendren, Contributing Editor Shantel Rotherham, Advertising Manager Kara Kienzler, Design and Production Copyright © 2017 by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), The JOURNAL is published six times a year and is distributed to its members and subscribers. Copyright in this publication, including all articles and editorial information contained in it is exclusively owned by IASB, and IASB reserves all rights to such information. IASB is a tax-exempt corporation organized in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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The Illinois School Board Journal, January/February 2017