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Education Leaders Summer Conference

Summer Conference


Information on registration for Summer Conference as well as the teacher evaluator retraining academies can be found here. A PDF registration form can be downloaded here.

UPDATE:  Thursday Academy is SOLD OUT! Very limited availability for the Wednesday Academy. Sign up now!

A Night At The Ballpark 

WS Cubs

Catch a game at historic Wrigley Field with your Summer Conference colleagues!  IPA will provide bus transportation to and from the game at Wrigley Field.  Meet in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7th.  Game starts at 7:05 against the Florida Marlins.  Seats are limited! 
Cost of ticket includes bus transportation.

Summer Conference attendees will receive an email shortly after registration with details on how to purchase tickets.

Questions, contact Lynne at 

Administrator Academies


This year the Illinois Principals Association is offering a pre-conference administrator academy, just like in previous years, and a new, conference administrator academy track. Combined, the two academies will fulfill administrators’ teacher evaluator retraining requirement. The pre-conference administrator academy will also count for the 2016-2017 school year administrator academy requirement and is only open to conference attendees. The conference administrator academy track will also count for the 2017-2018 school year administrator academy requirement. Space is EXTREMELY limited and attendance will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

UPDATE:  Thursday Academy is SOLD OUT! Very limited availability for the Wednesday Academy. Sign up now!


Keynote Speakers

First General Session - "The Power of an Administrator to Help Students Excel on National Assessments" by Larry Bell

Larry Bell

This dynamic, empowering and uplifting keynote will remind each administrator that he or she has the power to empower all within their purview. It is an engaging presentation which shares data on the impact of high expectations on student achievement and how to eliminate or minimize mistakes made by administrators when preparing their school for standardized assessments. Important but often overlooked strategies that must be in place all year will also be shared. Participants will leave this session energized, reinvigorated and ready to receive the myriad of other strategies they will receive throughout the conference.

Second General Session - "Protecting Yourself in Today’s Litigious School Environment" By Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

Today we live in a litigious society.  Do you know what to do if a parent threatens to contact their attorney regarding an event that has happened at your school?  Brian will focus on things that administrators need to do to keep themselves legally safe at all times.  Fun will be had by all!



Third General Session - "Cultivating a Creative Mind" By Simon Silva

Simon Silva

Simon Silva was born in Mexicali, Mexico, and grew up in the Imperial Valley near the Mexico/California border. This served as a constant reminder of his ancestors. Silva’s family survived by picking fruits and vegetables -- yes, his roots are those of a migrant farm worker. Silva started helping his family work the fields from the time he was in elementary school. He spent his summers picking seasonal fruits and vegetables until he was twenty-three. The Silva family lived on a limited income and since there was no extra money for entertainment, Simón took to drawing. He was a quiet youth; instead of talking he would draw; it was his release, which later became a means of communication for him. He is indeed tri-lingual, because he grew up communicating in English, Spanish, and through Art. This last language has been his passion and lifelong motivation, and explains why he is now working tirelessly to educate people around the world on how to communicate through art.

This general session encourage educators and professionals to communicate using the artistic talent that resides within them. Silva believes honing individual artistic talent provides society with an opportunity to move forward in the right direction by having better communication and better problem solving capabilities. Silva believes that a child has no self-imposed barriers or limitations in the communication process, and that adults should follow their example.

Small Group Sessions


9:30-10:30am Preparing Struggling Learners for State Tests: Larry Bell
9:30-10:30am Creating an Environment to Address Culture and Equity among Faculty, Students, and Staff: Dana Whittaker
9:30-10:30am The Visual Advantage for Standards Based Instruction: Sargy Letuchy
10:45-11:45am Lead to Believe: Creating a Culture of Learning: Jean Rowe
10:45-11:45am Building Relationships Inside the Classroom: Jim Fornaciari
10:45-11:45am The Power of Student Data Journals: Lavonne Smiley
1:35 - 2:35pm #OWLHelpYou: How To Develop a Peer Tutoring Program to Meet the Needs of ALL Your Students in ALL Academic Subjects: Lori Dee
1:35 - 2:35pm Influencing a Positive School Environment: Tim Guerin
1:35 - 2:35pm The Addicted Brain:How Can We Teach if They Can't Learn: Kari Karidis
2:35-2:55pm Book Signing with Brian Schwartz
2:55-3:55pm Ed Camp
2:55-3:55pm Ed Camp
2:55-3:55pm Ed Camp


9:15- 10:15am Effective, Efficient Evaluation to help YOUR teachers help OUR students: Heidy LaFleur
9:15- 10:15am Keeping Our Kids Safe On Their Social Networks and Devices: Detective Rich Wistocki
9:15- 10:15am Nurturing 21st Century Skills: Simon Silva
10:30-11:30am Reimagine Your Leadership

Hotel Information

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

To reserve online please access Enter arrival and departure dates on the main screen.  Below the dates you will see a button that reads "Add Special Rate Codes” click that, please type in your group code under the “Group Code” line - CIPA Your group name and rate should display when moving forward, $113.00.

Reservations can also be made by calling 630-505-0900.

The last day to book a room at the group rate is May 16th. 

DuPage Region Event

June 8, 2017 -

All DuPage Region IPA members and all Conference attendees are invited to this wonderful social event.  It will be held in the Barrel Room at  Cooper's Hawk Winery (1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563). The hours are 5:00-8:00pm.  Join us for drinks and networking!

Things To Do In The Area


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