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Talking Teacher Evaluation

Listen as IPA Executive Director Jason Leahy speaks with Dr. Rich Voltz, IASA Associate Director for Professional Development, about teacher implementation in Illinois.  Topics include PEAC, PERA, SLOs, and more.  Listen now.

You can also read Dr. Voltz's blog by visiting here.

Legally Speaking

Can you require a student to prove citizenship?  If a student has an IEP can his parent observe the student's classroom?  How do you permanently remove a rowdy spectator from school events? What should you do if I get sued by a parent or student?  If you don't know the answer to any or all of these questions, check out this month's Legally Speaking by clicking HERE.

IPA Happenings

The Aspiring Educational Leader

Want to be a school administrator? Know someone who's on that career path? Join IPA Executive Director Jason Leahy and General Counsel Brian Schwartz on Feb. 14 for this day-long bootcamp on the Principalship. The course will examine what aspiring principals should know about be able to do, current education reform initiatives and job hunt skills for the soon-to-be administrator. If you are interested in learning more about all aspects of being a principal, this is the workshop for you. Current principals are encouraged to share this with promising/interested candidates in their school. Click here for more details and to register.


January 30, 2015 - Performance Evaluation Reform Act: Comprehensive and Doable Implementation - Naperville

January 30, 2015 - The Reid Technique of Investigative Interviewing and Active Persuasion - Mundelein

February 3, 2015 - Observing Effective Reading & Writing Instruction in K-5 Classrooms - Online

February 4, 2015 - Changing School Culture Through the Danielson Framework for Teaching - Online

February 4, 2015 - Understanding Demographic Changes in Illinois and Their Impact On Our Schools - Naperville


Alliance Leadership Summit

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The Alliance Leadership Summit scheduled for February 17-18 in Springfield will focus on the future of education in Illinois and will revolve around Vision 20/20, the ambitious and comprehensive blueprint for education in Illinois, developed by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Principals Association (IPA), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Superintendents' Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity (SCSDD), and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS).

The timing of the Summit offers a perfect opportunity for superintendents, school board members, principals, school business officials and other stakeholders in public education to come together as a unified team to learn and also to engage legislators at this critical time in the history of education. Click here for additional information and to register.

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