First General Session - Monday, October 22, 2018
8:00 - 9:20 a.m. - B11, Lower Level, BoS Center
"Creating a Climate and Culture for Success" by Kim Bearden

Kim will motivate, inspire, and remind school leaders of the powerful impact that they can have, despite the pressures and challenges of their profession.  An emphasis will be placed on ways to support staff and teachers while ensuring that they are creating classrooms that promote student engagement, increase academic rigor, and develop meaningful relationships.  Kim will also share the importance of building relationships among staff, families, and students that will motivate, engage, empower, and create success for all.  Participants will learn proven tools and techniques for creating a school climate that will create the optimal learning environment. 

Second General Session - Monday, October 22, 2018
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - B11, Lower Level, BoS Center
Awards for Excellence, IPA President's Address, and the State of Education in Illinois

At this session, outstanding individuals in the field of education will be presented with IPA's prestigious Awards For Excellence and the John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton Scholarships.  Jeff Knapp will present the President's Address and State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith will share thoughts on the state of education in Illinois.

Third General Session - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:00 - 8:55 a.m. - B11, Lower Level, BoS Center
Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo

Water is amazing and seemingly always finds a way.  It has the ability to form, replenish our system, power equipment, and can wipe out entire cities.  Leaders have the same properties.  Some end up conforming to their environment as water would with a cup or bowl.  Some have the power to wipe out entire populations and others lift the level of the land.  The best leaders take little openings and create space for those they lead.  They find the smallest cracks of opportunity and create a path that was not there before.  They shape the land.  They find a way.  Hacking leadership is about finding innovative solutions to issues that have plagued the system for years, and implementing them tomorrow.  The focus is on practical application.  We all know the problems exist, but knowledge of problems does not make our daily life in schools easier.  Utilizing the tools in Hacking Leadership will allow you and your team to find the openings and create space for those you lead.  Space to learn. 
Space to teach.  Space to thrive. 

IGNITE Session - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. - B11, Lower Level, BoS Center

Back by popular demand! This innovative, fast-paced session provides a unique and fun way to hear from dynamic speakers who will inspire you as a leader!  Each speaker covers his/her topic in just 5 minutes, with the goal of keeping participants engaged, inspired and IGNITED!

The Achievement Gap and Other Fake News Dr. Lionel Allen,
The Value of Joy Amy Quattrone, Assistant Principal, Westmont Jr. High School, Westmont
Customer Service with a Smile Andy Anderson, Principal, Conrady Jr. High School, Hickory Hills
Creating and Leading Resilient Learners Gloria Trejo, Principal, Pioneer Elementary School, West Chicago
Educating the Whole Child Dana Butler, Principal, Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School, Chicago
The Smartest Guy in the Room Paul Kelly, Principal, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village
Fostering Shared Leadership Michelle Willis, Principal, Gillespie Elementary School, Chicago
Be a Leader of Leaders Tom Webb, Principal, Carterville Intermediate School, Carterville