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ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (101-04) - MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE PASSES HOUSE In an unusual flurry of activity for early February, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1 (Lightford, D-Maywood) which increases the minimum wage across the State of Illinois to $15 dollars per hour by 2025. For more information on SB 1, click here . Governor JB Pritzker made it clear during his campaign that raising the minimum wage is a top priority. The Governor was on the House floor as members voted 69-47-1 to send the bill to his desk. SB 1 is expected to be signed into law before the Governor gives his budget speech next week. GOVERNOR TO DELIVER BUDGET ADDRESS ...
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ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (101-03) - EVENTFUL WEEK IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION Significant legislation was moved on the fast track this week in the State Capitol. The Illinois Senate approved legislation to increase the minimum wage and sent the bill over to the House of Representatives. A Senate committee approved a mandatory statewide increase in the minimum teacher salary and sent the bill to the full Senate for consideration. The bill pending in the Senate to reinstate the five clock-hour provision for school funding remained unchanged this week, though discussions were ongoing about possible revisions. The Alliance opposes each of these three initiatives. ...
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The following blog originally appeared in IASBO Update magazine. You can view the original article here . Reaching the goal of fully funding the Evidence-Based Formula and creating educational success and equity for all students cannot happen without addressing the structural problems behind Illinois’ poor fiscal condition. Article written by: Ralph Martire Daniel Hertz EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESEARCH DIRECTOR CENTER FOR TAX & BUDGET ACCOUNTABILITY CENTER FOR TAX & BUDGET ACCOUNTABILITY A Historic Turn of Events When August 31, 2017 dawned, Illinois had one of the worst school funding formulas in the country. ...
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ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (101-02) - 101st GENERAL ASSEMBLY MOVES FORWARD WITH COMMITTEE WORK Next week, the Illinois General Assembly is expected to take up many important education topics in committees. The Senate is expected to address bills increasing the minimum teacher salary, student records, and charter schools among many others. The House is planning hearings on transportation, education licensure, and student transfers. A more detailed bill listing can be found in this report. SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE APPROVES RESTRICTIONS ON THE DEFINITION OF A SCHOOL DAY On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 28 (Bertino-Tarrant, ...
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I recently was given the chance to give my first full day workshop.  In front of a raucous crowd of four, I presented on students living in poverty and how to best reach and teach them.  I want to send a huge thank you to the attendees and ROE #13 for the opportunity.  When the day was done and I drove home, I began to reflect on my message and my presentation.  A talking point stuck out and it has been resonating with me since that day. That talking point was the idea of  deficit mindset  and how that can be damaging to teachers as they try to connect with their free lunch kids. Having a deficit mindset causes us to set a low bar for kids we feel sorry ...
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The IPA is excited to announce the addition of two new Field Service Specialists who will serve Chicago and the IPA’s North, West, and South Cook Regions. Dr. Angela Buckels and Dana Butler, both recently retired from Chicago Public Schools, bring a wealth of expertise and experience to their positions. Dr. Buckels began her career in CPS in 1985, having served many roles within the district, including teacher, curriculum specialist, professional development provider, assistant principal, principal, Deputy for the Office of Professional Development, Deputy for the Office of P-12 Management and lastly, Director of the Parent Support Center. Mr. Butler spent his ...
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Featured Attribute Guiding – Acts as a trusted adviser, drawing from personal experience and expertise to offer guidance and support.   Associated Competency Capacity Building – Employs leadership knowledge and skills necessary to enable the school to make better use of its intellectual and social capital, in order to adopt high-leverage strategies of teaching and learning.   Associated Intelligence Social Intelligence – A set of interpersonal competencies that inspire others to be effective.   For Your Reflection Charlie Cass, Principal, Central Junior High School, West Frankfort, Egyptian, Region Throughout history, ...
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ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (101-01) NEW YEAR, NEW GA, NEW GOVERNOR Members of the 101 st Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office on Wednesday, January 9 th in Springfield. Leadership will look much the same as House Speaker Michael J. Madigan will continue to lead the Democrat majority in his chamber while Senate President John Cullerton remains to lead the Democrat majority in the Senate. Bolstered by decisive electoral victories in November, the comfortable margins now afford “super-majorities” for leaders in both chambers, likely enabling fairly smooth passage of a Democrat legislative agenda this spring. Jumping into the legislative ...
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The following is a message from the College Board The College Board is excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes and updates on the new AP resources coming in the 2019-2020 school year.  Created in collaboration with educators and based on best practices in schools across the country, these simple and effective resources will include focused content, year-round feedback, and resources for teachers and students.  Beginning August 1, 2019, AP teachers and students will have access to a robust set of new classroom resources.  At the same time, some of the processes around AP Exam registration and ordering will change.  ...
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This is an event that truly reflects a shared vision and partnership between IPA, IASA, IASBO, ICE, IAASE, and Advance Ed. This is going to be a special event where you are sure to make some lasting friendships, rekindle your passion about what you do, and share your journey with your colleagues. Can you believe we have  two national speakers  who are donating their time to keynote our event? They believe in this event and can't wait to be with us so share their leadership journey and tips to make us all better leaders! There are so many fun things in store for you as well as some mementos that we hope you will treasure for years to come!  Our informal evening ...
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Over the past two years, IPA has partnered with seven other states to develop a research-based, comprehensive micro-credential program. In October, a number of individuals from Illinois and Wisconsin were recognized at the Education Leaders Fall Conference for earning the very first micro-credential published (Collaborative Leadership Coaching) via the ELN platform. State Superintendent Tony Smith also recognized our work in an edition of his weekly newsletter late last spring. Another state association, IASBO, has partnered with IPA to develop and deliver micro-credentials via the ELN platform. Below is a list of micro-credentials developed/under-development ...
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Ed Leaders Network continued to grow in 2018! While many educators are first introduced to ELN's on-demand PD service through state mandated trainings, we continue to see large growth in completions of non-mandated courses. Below are are top 10 non state mandated ELN courses for 2018. Cyberbullying: 21st Century Problems and Solutions Bullying Litigation Protection: Prevention and Response FERPA and ISSRA - Maintenance of Student Records Mental Health and School Violence  Classroom Control and Discipline Unmotivated Students Parent Communication Restorative Practices - Academic Circles Time Management for Teachers Creating ...
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Thank you to everyone for your contributions to IPA Connect! It is YOUR community and YOU are the reason it is vibrant and valuable. Below are the top 10 IPA Connect library downloads from 2018. The Principal's Calendar 2018-2019 Informals Attachments More Informals Attachments Evaluation Documents The Principal's Calendar 2017-2018 IPA Principal Job Transition Worksheet State Priority for Professional Learning RE: Teach Like a Pirate discussion questions Acceleration Placement Act Attachments Active Shooter Letter to Parents Attachment
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Thank you to everyone for your contributions to IPA Connect! It is YOUR community and YOU are the reason it is vibrant and valuable. Below are the top 10 discussion posts from 2018. Flexible Seating On-Line Intervention Programs Vape Consequences Powderpuff Middle School Electives APA Therapy animals PFA What is one thing you love about your school? Therapy Do
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IPA continues to diversify its offering of administrator academies to meet school leaders’ needs.  We offered more than 15 new administrator academies during the 2018 calendar year and continued to update existing academies. As we think about 2019 and all the new offerings we will offer, we’d also like to reflect on our most popular courses of 2018. Below are our top 10 most attended academies of 2018. Find out full course listing for 2019 here .  The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key to Successful School Leadership (AA#1838) Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management (AA#1876) Before the Crisis: ...
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IPA 2018 Top Tweets

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It's that time of the year. The eggnog is flowing, you're hanging out with family and friends, and you reflect back on the year that's almost over. This is the first post of a several blogs that will highlight some of the best connections we as an association made with you. Thank you for your support and thank you for your leadership. Here's to a great 2018 and an even better 2019! This post will explore our most popular Tweets! If you're not already, please give us a follow. We're @ilprincipals Two years in a row that Illinois has had a @NASSP National Principal of the Year finalist. Congrats @EGPrinciPaul! https://twitter.com/ilprincipals/status/1044360684295925760/photo/1 ...
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Below you will find a preview of what we have coming in 2019. It is not hyperbole to say this upcoming year will have some of our most innovative and interesting professional development offerings to date! Thanks for your support, and let us know if there are any professional development needs you would like to see addressed. ...
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Featured Attribute Balanced – Lives and leads with multiple perspectives; considers not only the organizational and financial impact of decisions, but also the personal, social, and environmental impacts. Associated Competency Self-Management – Monitors and takes responsibility for one’s own behavior and well-being, personally, and professionally. Associated Intelligence Personal Intelligence – The capacity to reason about personality and to use personality and personal information to enhance one’s thoughts, plans, and life experiences. For Your Reflection Lindsy Stumpenhorst, Principal, Washington Elementary School, Sterling, ...
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