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In conjunction with the 24th annual IAGC Conference,  two new Administrators' Academies have been scheduled, one on Thursday and one on Friday.  For the details about each academy, see the descriptions below. 

If you want to attend the conference one day and participate in an administrator academy the other day, you will need two separate registrations. You are invited to register to attend the conference for one day only here.  

    • 01/31/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Chicago Marriott Naperville, Naperville, IL

    Implementing Acceleration Placement Program
    Administrators Academy #1926

    The focus of this academy is for principals and assistant principals to understand the requirements of the Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421, which took effect July 1, 2018) and the Accelerated Placement Policy of their district.  Participants will work from a model policy in the event their district is in need of developing and/or amending their current Accelerated Placement policy. Participants will understand the definitions of multiple types of acceleration, develop and determine the method of annual notification of the acceleration program, develop a referral process for their building, learn how to implement an evaluation process that is fair, equitable and involves multiple individuals with multiple valid and reliable assessment indicators, develop a process and timeline to communicate the decision along with a transition support plan for the student. Participants will leave the academy with access to supporting acceleration research in addition to documents that will support them to implement various types of acceleration within their own building.

    IMPORTANT:  Participants should bring a copy of the current district policy for Acceleration Placement, Early Entrance to Kindergarten, Early Entrance to First Grade if they exist.

    About the Presenters

    Susan Rhodes and Marchelle Kassebaum both serve on the ISBE Gifted Advisory Council and assisted in the development and training of the Gifted Education Seminar. Susan served as the Springfield District gifted coordinator, was instrumental in opening a public gifted magnet school in 2000, served as building principal for nine years and gained International Baccalaureatte authorization.  Marchelle is a former Regional Superintendent of Schools, earned her Gifted Education Endorsement, served as a gifted coordinator and taught 4thgrade for 20 years. She is the co-founder of the Litchfield Summer Gifted Academy, which is now in its 17thyear. 

    Since this is a separate registration from the conference, if you are interested in attending the Conference on Friday, 
    please register for the Friday Only option here

    • 02/01/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Chicago Marriott Naperville, Naperville, IL

    Legislation, Acceleration, and Accountability: What Administrators Need to Know 

    Administrator Academy #3011 (New)

    This Administrators Academy is targeted to district superintendents and district level administrators.  This course will increase awareness and  knowledge about acceleration, an evidence-based intervention for meeting the needs of high-ability learners.  The course reviews policy and legislation pertaining to acceleration.  Participants will align their district acceleration policies with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act that requires districts to have a policy that allows for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, whole-grade acceleration, and subject acceleration.  Participants will also gain resources and knowledge to implement, review, and improve policies to meet the  needs of high-ability learners.

    Participants will be able to 

    (1) understand the legal, equity, and policy implications with respect to meeting the needs of high-ability learners; 

    (2) understand the Accelerated Placement Act and its purpose; 

    (3) understand the components of model acceleration policies and identify supporting resources; 

    (4) evaluate district/school acceleration policy in accordance with the Accelerated Placement Act and equitable, evidence-based practices; and 

    (5) synthesize information and develop or improve the district plan to align district policy with the Accelerated Placement Act and effectively meet the needs of high-ability learners, including those from special needs and underserved populations.

    Reporting requirements for IL School Report Card data  and ESSA related to high ability learners will also be addressed.


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