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The following is a guest blog post by Susan Stanton of ACT Now Network Students benefit when their afterschool providers coordinate with their school day teachers and administrators. Connections between the school day and afterschool help to increase curricular alignment, reinforce behavior expectations, and increase partnerships with parents and families. School leadership is an integral part of making these partnerships work. The following are two excellent examples of school leadership and afterschool program partnerships in action in Illinois. Neponset Grade School At Neponset Grade School, Site Coordinator Patrick Peach and Principal Dena Hodge-Bates ...
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I commented to a colleague this weekend that I could write a best seller based on Friday's events alone. It was surely one of those days. Every situation was an indication of everything that's is wrong with schools and society. It took quite a while to digest and reflect upon how the wheels fall off and why can't these bad days being prevented. The truth is it's like being a fireman. Sometimes there are boring days and sometimes you work 14 hours without taking your gear off. I try not to complain and keep on moving. I once heard someone say that we shouldn't pray for a smaller load, we should pray for a stronger back. This is definitely true in education. ...
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In This Issue... - Schools of Character - ESSA Update - National Board Professional Development Schools - Teacher Leadership Network - Facebook Live - Aspiring Superintendent Academy - New Members - ICYMI - Our Sponsor This Week ...
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I have an eclectic taste in music. It includes a little bit of everything and my radio dial is constantly changing based on my mood. A little known fact about me is that I love country classic music. Maybe it is because I grew up with parents that played the likes of Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams, Randy Travis, and Waylon Jennings (just to name a few). Some of these artists have transcended decades and have made their mark on generations of music lovers, but my favorite songs are their classics. I spent many hours travelling in the back of the car listening to them playing the music that resonates across so many generations. In fact, I was actually ...
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The Officials Shortage

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This is my 15th year in education and often after a game the complaint is not about the why the wining team was better. It is usually first the poor officiating, the poor coaching performance and yes, if your kid was playing I'm sure we would have won. Lets be honest and say that we are not good to our officials and yes this includes me. I will never poke at anyone without including myself. I have found myself in each status that I occupy criticizing an official. I've been a coach, an athletic director, an administrator and yes a parent when I've been critical of an official. I'm not proud of it but I am always right. Right? Before we get to the heart ...
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January 4, 2017 Spotlight on the Statehouse EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION The Governor's Education Funding Commission continued to meet over the last two weeks in working groups to examine topics such as hold harmless, property taxes, Evidence-Based Funding elements, and a distribution model. The full commission will meet today, January 4. Listen in here. Working group membership Commission information LAME DUCK SESSION AND 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY The Illinois ...
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The following is blog post was provided by the EducationSuperHighway Are teachers and students in your school getting the bandwidth speeds needed to support digital learning in the classroom? As part of the Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative , the non-profit organization EducationSuperHighway is donating its time, tools and resources to ensure every K-12 public school has access to high-speed, affordable broadband . EducationSuperHighway recently released Compare & Connect K-12 , an online broadband price transparency tool based on public E-rate application data. Across the nation, district leaders are using the tool's powerful new features ...
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December 2, 2016 Alliance Legislative Report (99-58) DEADLOCKED BUDGET It looks like no deal on a budget. Though Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders met daily this week, no agreement has been reached on either another stop-gap budget or a more permanent grand compromise budget. Although the education budget adopted in June was for the entire fiscal year, the budget for most state services is set to expire on Dec. 31. House Speaker Michael Madigan insists that an agreement be made on the ...
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November 23, 2016 Alliance Legislative Report (99-57) The Illinois General Assembly will convene next Tuesday for the second week of the Veto Session. Lawmakers will meet Tuesday through Thursday, November 29-December 1. Last week, the legislature met to take up several of the bills vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner and to consider a few leftover items from the spring session. Education-related legislation is listed later in this report. So far for next week, only a handful of committees have set ...
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Senate Bill 2912 unanimously passed the Illinois House of Representatives on 11/16/16 and was sent to the Governor on 11/17/16. The bill is intended to help alleviate some barriers to districts finding substitute teachers, as well as help teacher and administrator candidates that have been trained out-of-state, become licensed in Illinois. Some facts about the bill are below. SB 2912 reduces substitute teaching license fees from $100 to $50. SB 2912 creates a one-year grace period for retired teachers with lapsed licenses to bring their licence into good standing without fines or coursework, allowing them to sub. SB 2912 prevents educators to ...
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Action Alert - Fund Title II, Part A Contact your member of Congress today to advocate for increased funding for Title II, Part A of ESSA. This funding provides formula funding to states for the purpose of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. Additionally, these funds can be used for reforming school-leader certification or preparation programs; modifying school leader evaluation systems; implementing ...
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New Look! We're debuting a new look for Advocacy in Action! While we're at it, give us your feedback about existing and potential content. Share feedback Legislative Committee to Meet at Fall Conference The IPA Legislative Committee will meet on Sunday, October 16th at 4 p.m. in Springfield during the "Reimagine Leadership" Conference. All IPA members are welcome to attend and join the Legislative Committee. The IPA Legislative Committee advocates on behalf of Illinois' school leaders ...
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Illinois 5Essentials District Voice Information For this years release of the Report Card districts will have an opportunity to add a district voice to their 5Essentials Survey results. The district voice will provide principals and superintendents an opportunity to provide some local context and how the district is utilizing the results. Principals will enter the information into their MyIIRC school site (see below for instructions and demo screenshots). This change developed out of the 5Essentials Focus Group. The district voice could include areas described below: Provide a local context for the school results Explain the changes made in the ...
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Last Chance For Early-Bird Fall Conference Registration! This week is your LAST chance to get the early bird rate for the Education Leaders Fall Conference this month. Don't miss out on the savings, and don't miss out on all the great speakers, small sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibitors at Fall Conference. Register today ! Pre-Conference ...
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A Message From Dr. Tony Smith Illinois State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith recorded a short video detailing what he'll be speaking about at the IPA Education Leaders Fall Conference in October. It's a great preview of just one of a myriad of benefits you get by attending next month. Check it out here. Pre-Conference Admin Academies Registration ...
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Teaching and Learning in an Age of Abundance Writer. Speaker. Educator. Globetrotter. Will Richardson is a strong voice in the movement for meaningful change in how we educate students. Richardson filmed a quick video going over what he'll talk about at fall conference, right before getting on a jet so he could give talks in Russia, Finland and Sweden. "I'm going to try and challenge you. I'm going to try and make you a little uncomfortable, ...
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The following first appeared in the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association News September/October 2016 Issue. By Dr. Tom Many and Michael Maffoni Diane Sweeny suggests most coaching models have “been more about ‘fixing’ a teacher’s deficiencies andless about cultivating learning.” She continues, “We have found this approach doesn’t take us very far and only serves to divide a school culture into those who are ‘doing it’ and those who aren’t.” (2011, p. 179) We agree with Sweeny’s assessment and believe it’s time to shift the focus of our traditional coaching models. There is nearly universal agreement coaching promotes the improvement ...
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IPA members joined many others from throughout the state to join in the run to Peoria to raise funds for the families of St. Jude. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital helps children that are undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The families are never charged for services as costs are offset by insurance and contributions such as those raised through the running events. On July 30, 2106 three IPA members joined the run from Macomb to Peoria again this year. Chris Janssen, Spoon River Valley Jr/Sr High, Lori Bilbry, ROE #26 and Zac Chatterton, Dunlap Middle School made the run from Macomb to Peoria to help raise funds for the ...
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