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    • November 15, 2021
    • January 01, 2022
    • Online

    Did you experience FOMO with our first ever IDEA Coaching Academy?

    No worries!  If you missed out, we are offering the chance to still view our virtual sessions as on-demand videos.  The best part?  You have until January 1 to view this amazing content that was curated between IDEA and TCEA just for COACHES!  This way you can watch AND earn PD when you have the time. 

    Some of our topics include:

    • What Coaches Do That No One Else Does by Jim Knight
    • Daily Doses of H.O.P.E by Rebecca Frazier
    • Microsoft Tools for Coaches
    • Buying In: How to Build Your Coaching Roster by Making Connections
    • Rose to the Occasion: Shifting to a Coaching Culture While Wading Through Schitt
    • Strategies for Embedding Equity and SEL in PBL
    • Building Educator Resiliency through SEL
    • and much more!!!
    Don't have FOMO a second time.  Register and enjoy 20+ hours of on-demand content geared just for coaches!
    • November 15, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Online (Access link will be provided)

    Interested in incorporating the new computer science standards into your classroom, but not sure where to start? IDEA's November Playground has got you covered!

    This month, join our asynchronous sessions to learn how to build capacity for coding in your classroom with our Coding 101 playground.

    So how does it work?

    Watch (or listen!) up to 6 pre-recorded sessions and collaborate with other learners in an online forum. 

    The Playground opens at 8 am on Monday, November 15 and lasts until Saturday, December 31. Learn what you want, when you want to!  

    Illinois educators can earn up to six (6) PDHs for this event. 

    Session recordings will be available from November 15 - December 31

    • December 01, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 4:00 PM

    The December IDEA Teacher Wellness event is all about affirmations! Join us for 12 Days of Affirmations!

    Register now to gain access to a folder of 40 pre-designed affirmation cell phone backgrounds. Use one, or change them up daily!

    Affirmation Cards were created using Canva and are in jpeg form.

    We will also be sharing our 12 favorite affirmation cards as part of our 12 Days of Affirmations on social media!

    • December 06, 2021
    • December 31, 2021
    • Virtual
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    This one month long boot camp will take you through Bits n' Bytes curriculum on Disinformation, Cybersecurity and Democracy. This curriculum is intended to foster an immersive learning experience centered around disinformation, civics, and cybersecurity.

    The curriculum contains “lecture” slides of content, discussion prompts, worksheets, and lab activities.  See below for a brief run-down of the boot camp layout. 

    Week 1: Intro & Overview

    Week 2: 

    • Asynchronous learning
    • Virtual Office Hour with the creators 6-7 pm CST

    Week 3: 

    • Asynchronous learning with an activity

      Week 4: 

      • Asynchronous learning with an activity

      • Synchronous Meeting 6-7 pm CST

      Join this accountability group for a fast track boot camp and receive various resources to support student learning as well as 8 PDH's!

      • December 07, 2021
      • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
      • Online

      Every other Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm CST, IDEA is offering live "Coaching" hours.

      Our board members and chapter leaders are experts in the field and we want to give our members the opportunity to pick their brains!

      Each office hour will highlight a different topic or theme.  Attend live and receive 1 PDH!  The access link will be in the confirmation email.

      • December 09, 2021
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Zoom

      Explore unplugged activities and coding puzzles to introduce foundational concepts of coding using drag and drop blocks instead of a script-based programming language.

      Participants will be engaged in a variety of activities grounded in the basics of coding, encouraging persistence in the face of challenges.

      • December 11, 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Online (Access link will be provided)

      IDEA Northern Suburbs MiniCon is a free virtual half-day mini-conference featuring some of the best EdTech talent in the Northern Suburbs. Participants choose from a wide offering of exciting sessions run by teachers, tech coaches, and administrators on a wide variety of topics.

      At the price of FREE, this conference is a great value for anyone interested in spending a Saturday morning learning from, connecting with, and being inspired by like-minded educators.

      MiniCon is presented virtually on Saturday, December 11th. This is a live event so bring your coffee and tune in starting at 8:00 a.m! Check out more information here.

      Multiple sessions will run throughout the morning with the conference ending at 12 p.m. Sessions will be recorded at the discretion of the presenter and made available for a limited time afterwards.

      Professional development hours will be available.

      • December 15, 2021
      • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Zoom

      Are your students captivated by space and its exploration?

      Do you want to integrate more S.T.E.A.M. opportunities in your classroom?

      IDEA has teamed up with Will County STEAM to offer this fun, hands-on experience that lays the groundwork for instruction in systems-thinking, design, space, and related sciences.

      Through participation in this FREE one hour webinar, you will modify a pencil to make it ready for space. Using common household materials, you will gain experience using a thinking process developed by the Agency by Design team, and learn more about how to quickly move students through a design thinking process to iterate on a simple project. In addition, you will get students thinking about the environment of space and what challenges and opportunities exist for astronauts and engineers.

      This interactive webinar also provides the groundwork for an in-person event on January 15, which will feature projects and activities centered on women scientists who worked to get people into space.

      • December 16, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
      • PDA Office (2705 McDonough, Joliet, IL)

      This course, facilitated by Stan Gorbatkin, is designed to support district leaders in the development, evolution, implementation, and promotion of programs and initiatives which will best support students in the future.

      Through a researched-based and systemic view, participants will identify celebrations and challenges with current district culture and organizational structure and reflect on possible changes.

      Also participants will deepen understanding of alternative and authentic assessment methods and blended/personalized learning models and reflect on possible next steps for implementation.

      In addition, participants will explore options for flexible differentiated professional development for staff and examine the role of messaging and community partnerships with focus on positive use of Social Media.

      Illinois educators can earn up to 8 PDH for this event.

      • February 14, 2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • February 17, 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

      IDEAcon is one of the Midwest’s largest ed tech conferences. Hosted by IDEA every February, thousands of educators from Illinois and across

      the U.S. join together to learn about sound pedagogical practices in education and how to leverage technology to engage, inspire, and reach all learners. 

      This 4-day conference includes inspirational keynote speakers and hundreds of educator-led sessions focused on engaging students, building relationships, and integrating tools to foster academic achievement. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit 200+ vendors, explore state of the art educational technology resources, participate in hands-on learning explorations, and network with other passionate educators in our exhibit hall experience. 

      IDEAcon 2022 will include both virtual and in-person sessions at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Join us Feb. 14 - 17, 2022, for the best IDEAcon yet!

      Click IDEAcon 2022 to register

      • February 15, 2022
      • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      • Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center 1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173
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      Join IDEA and IETL as they host their annual leadership summit in conjunction with IDEAcon 2022!

      Attendees will have access to the IDEAcon keynote and exhibit hall as well as the social event that evening. Lunch is included and AA credit is pending.

      The Leadership Summit will be "Pearl Harbor On-The-Road Leadership Workshop" provided by Diamond6 Leadership & Strategy, LLC speaker, Jeff McCausland.

      Workshop Description:

      December 7th, 1941 is an iconic date- the attack on Pearl Harbor. The actions of leaders on both sides of this historic battle made the difference in the turn of events on that day—for better or for worse. During this leadership workshop, a leadership facilitator and Pearl Harbor historian will virtually lead participants to various sites where critical decisions were made and actions taken on the island of Oahu. At each stop we will examine key aspects of the attack and leadership lessons that apply as much to us today as they did on that fateful Sunday morning. The day concludes with an active discussion about how all leaders can learn from the good and the bad leadership decisions made on this historic date. It is no overstatement to say that Pearl Harbor is one of the most important and intense “leadership laboratories” in our history.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Understand the actions of leaders on that day and what tools they used for decision-making

      • Identify effective leadership strategies in complex, high-pressure environments

      • Open discussions around strategic leadership, strategic vision, innovation, effective communications in an organization, “leading the boss”, and organizational culture and change

      Illinois educators can earn up to 6 PDHs. Admin Academy credit pending.

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