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  • IEA’s Holiday Store is open today through Dec. 2:
  • This is American Education Week – #aew2019: Daily schedule
  • Requests for Proposals are being accepted for the Student IEA Spring State Conference on March 27-28, 2020, at the Marriott hotel in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This conference offers high quality professional development designed for Student IEA members preparing for a career in education. Please complete the online RFP form by Dec. 19 for consideration. Please contact for more info.
  • Cultural Competency Update: The IEA Cultural Competency Workgroup welcomed Al Llorens to the team. We are excited that both IEA President, Kathi Griffin and IEA Vice President, Al Llorens are members of this workgroup and a part of this most important work. Welcome! Here is a list of the workgroup.

As our workgroup’s mission is to provide support, resources, and training opportunities to further enhance IEA’s mission and commitment to excellence and equity in education, we now have a Cultural Competency Trainer Cadre. Here is the list of trainers who are ready to assist you!

Want a training in your area?  Check out the Cultural Competency Racial and Social Justice website under Resources on the IEA website.  In addition to finding resources, you’ll also find our Training Request form. Read a member testimonial.

And stay tuned – we’ll be hosting a series of training sessions at SLA 2020!

  • Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent’s Newsletter Summary

The Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) is holding its annual conference on Feb. 13-14 in Bloomington-Normal. Take advantage of early bird registration rates between now and Dec. 15. This conference is an excellent professional development event geared toward career and technical educators. Visit the IACTE webpage to view the tentative schedule and to register.

The ISBE Black History Curriculum Task Force is collecting information from educators regarding current history curriculum. Please complete the Black History Curriculum Survey by January 1. ISBE would also like educators to submit any helpful resources and lesson plans on this topic to Collected materials will be shared on the task force website after the survey closes.

IEA Webinar – Dec. 3: Educator Evaluation Update: Want to improve your local educator evaluation plan? Learn how to do just that with a new framework for teaching and alternative approaches to measuring student growth using classroom assessments. Register today! Download a promotional flier.

Professional Development

  • Restorative Practices Online Course

***Due to an overwhelming response, the Introduction to Restorative Practices online course is currently at capacity.However, we have created a waitlist for this course. If an additional 15 people contact us with interest in participating in the course, an additional section will be opened. Please contact to be added to the waitlist. The course description is below.

Restorative Practices Online Course: First Introduction to Restorative Practices online course Monday, Dec. 2. This convenient online course will allow IEA members to participate from across the entire state through interactive discussions and activities. This course is for members who have not yet participated in restorative practices training.

The course will last 4 weeks and will require approximately two hours of your time each week to participate. This means that upon completion of this course you will receive 8 clock hours. All of the course materials will be provided through the online platform we will be using for the course.

This is an asynchronous course which means you may participate in each week’s discussions and activities at a time that is convenient for you. The goal of this training is to provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to incorporate restorative practices into your classroom and school. We will conclude the course with a live online component to further discuss and practice what we have learned.

The course will be facilitated by Dr. Diana Zaleski, IEA Instructional Resource and Professional Development Director. Dr. Zaleski holds a graduate certificate in restorative practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices.

  • Dec. 7: Prosocial Skills Training –IEA Edwardsville office: Interested in learning more about non-exclusionary student discipline? Register today to learn about prosocial skills training as a targeted intervention designed to promote prosocial behavior in adolescents using techniques to develop social skills, emotional control, and moral reasoning. This training is a great next step for those who have already attended restorative practices training. Register today! Download a promotional flier.
  • Dec. 12-13: Mastering Kids Summit

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Flier and registration links