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    • June 01, 2022
    • July 31, 2022
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    Summer is upon us which means it's time for YOUR Summer Bucket List!

    IDEA has helped craft a list of some low key, summer activities to help you re-charge, re-focus and re-connect. We hope you take some time to do just that, but know that IDEA is here for all your summer learning needs whenever you need us!  

    You will receive a link to the bucket list once your register and below are different options for you to keep track of your list.

    Option 1: Inspirational poster with pictures and text. Use this to help kick start your summer plans!

    Option 2: Text with check boxes. As you take care of yourself this summer, check off the activities you accomplish!

    Option 3: Plain Text. Sketch or add images of your summer adventures to this page as they happen!

    Submit your completed bucket list on Twitter before August 1 and be entered to win a free ticket to our ideaU Summer Institute!

    • June 06, 2022
    • July 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online / July 11 in-person at the PDA (2705 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL)
    Registration is closed

    This CS Summer Series package will include a set of diverse PD offerings available to IDEA members as a way to prepare for new CS requirements.  There are 3 strands to choose from:


    Teacher

    • What is CS?
    • Mastering CS
    • Unpacking the CS Standards. 
    • Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in CS


    Coach

    • Why CS?
    • Culturally responsive CS
    • Inquiry-based instruction 
    • Identifying instructional supports


    Administrator

    • Launching CS
    • Selecting your course
    • Identifying funds 
    • Establishing partnerships


    Participants will receive 4 asynchronous, 30 minute micro learning experiences based on the strand chosen (Teacher, Coach, or Administrator). Each micro learning experience will be available for the duration of the program and can be accessed by the user at any time.

    All strands will end in an in person synchronous session with an expert on July 11 from 9-12pm at the PDA (2705 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL). These sessions will serve as capstones where participants will create toolkits based on the work they've done on their own and what they learn from the facilitator. 

    Illinois educators can earn up to 5 PDHs upon completion.

    • June 20, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • July 02, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    What are your personal interests? Goals? What are you passionate about learning more about and how do you do it?

    This June the IDEA playground is all about the Life Long Learner. Developing a new skill, self-taught study, learning a new sport or activity, learning to use a new technology or acquiring new knowledge. We are digging into your why and showing you how!

    Here is how a playground works:  you will have from June 20 until July 2 to watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions that range from 30 - 60 minutes long.  At the end of each video, there will be a link for the PDHs.

    • July 07, 2022
    • July 28, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online via Thrively Platform
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    Teaching with Intention is a virtual Cohort where you unpack the philosophy behind social emotional learning, investigate best practices for embedding SEL instruction, and create meaningful lessons to integrate into your daily learning experiences.

    This cohort was created for all educators to take a deeper dive into SEL instruction, experience lessons and activities that align to current state standards and for teachers to walk away with a portfolio of resources to use with their students.

    Educators will have both synchronous and asynchronous work, along with office hours to help you along the way. Participants will have access to a Thrively Account.

    This four week cohort will consist of: 

    • 1 hour of asynchronous work each week
    • 4 synchronous sessions (July 7, 14, 21, and 28)
    • Accountability group

    *Applicable to Teacher, Coach and Admin


    Illinois educators can earn up to 8 PDHs for participating in this cohort.


    Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

    • July 07, 2022
    • July 28, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Google Classroom
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    Researchers in learning sciences are pioneering instructional technologies that have the capacity to revolutionize the educational system. By combining design thinking methodology with strong theoretical frameworks in the learning sciences, educators can improve learning to help students thrive.

    This book lays out the intersection between theory, design and reflective practice to help educators understand individual learner differences and the impact of context upon learning. With this foundation, you will develop the skills you need to design powerful and effective learning experiences, particularly when using digital technologies.

    Topics covered include:

    • Educators as learning designers
    • Shaping experiences for digital age learning through digital media and digital environments
    • Design and format of educational interventions
    • The role of reflective practice and evaluating the impact on student learning

    Throughout the text, the authors emphasize the “why” behind the use of technology and the “how” to enact learning design for all digital age learners

    Our summer cohorts will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work. Synchronous experiences will include guided discussions with leading experts.

    This four week cohort will consist of: 

    • 4 synchronous sessions (July 7, 14, 21, and 28)
    • 4 hours of asynchronous work per week

    *Applicable to Teacher, Coach and Admin

    Illinois educators can earn up to 16 PDHs for participating in this cohort.


    About the Presenters:

    Angela Elkordy, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, at the National College of Education, National Louis University, Chicago, IL. She is the Founding Director of the Learning Sciences programs. Dr. Elkordy is passionate about empowering educators’ practice through research and teaching in the learning sciences, instructional technologies, leadership, and research.  She is the lead author of Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice, published in 2019 by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This text, designed for educators, celebrates teaching as a design science that can leverage evidence-based practices and digital tools for powerful teaching and learning. Dr. Elkordy served in PreK-12 contexts as a teacher and school leader for over a decade. She continues to build capacity in teachers and school leaders  through her work in higher education and consulting through Learning by Design. Dr. Elkordy shares her knowledge through professional networks, publications and conferences.  Learn more at https://www.designedlearning.space/cv-dr-angela-elkordy/  and  https://t.ly/w6nPk (LinkedIn - love to connect!).


    Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., is a full Professor in the Early Childhood Department, at the National College of Education, National Louis University, Chicago, IL. She is Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Department. Dr. Keneman creates a caring, compassionate “communities of learners” for all her teacher candidates.  She is co-author of Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice with her co-author, Dr. Angela Elkordy published in 2019 by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This text, designed for educators, celebrates teaching as a design science that can leverage evidence-based practices and digital tools for powerful teaching and learning. Dr. Keneman served in PreK-12 contexts as a teacher and reading/learning disability specialist for over two decades. She designed a STEM in Early Childhood course for all of the Early Childhood teacher candidates in the Early Childhood program.


    Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

    • July 11, 2022
    • August 05, 2022
    • Online
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    This pathway will include a set of diverse PD offerings available to IDEA members regarding STEAM.  Attendees will receive access to videos including:


    Teacher

    • What is STEAM?
    • Backwards Design
    • Unpacking STEAM
    • Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in STEAM


    Coach

    • Why STEAM?
    • STEAM in action
    • Inquiry-based instruction 
    • Identifying instructional supports


    Administrator

    • Launching initiative
    • Selecting your goals
    • Identifying funds 
    • Establishing partnerships


    Participants will receive 12 asynchronous, 30 minute micro learning experiences.  Each micro learning experience will be available for the duration of the program and can be accessed by the user at any time.

    Illinois educators can earn up to 6 PDHs upon completion.

    • July 11, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cabbages & Kings Games (4450 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights)
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    Neurodivergence is a term used to describe people whose brains work differently than what is considered typical or standard.

    In this workshop, let's look at some strategies for creating experiences where your neurodivergent learners get a chance to truly connect with others and explore their creativity.

    We will share five ways to better support neurodivergent thinking in your classroom. Through a hands on a practical approach, you'll be able to apply these strategies whether you teach adult learners or students.

    It's vital that we make learning accessible for all students. In this workshop we will help unpack what it means to be a neurodivergent thinker and how to best support them.

    Illinois educators can earn up to five (5) PDHs for attending this workshop.   

    Are you looking for this event in Northern or Southern Illinois?  

    Click here for our Northern Illinois workshop

    Click here for our Southern Illinois workshop. 


    Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

    • July 12, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that we need to cultivate problem solvers and computational thinkers. Our critical thinking skills have been put to the test and we strongly believe that it’s important that we go back to better. To do this, IDEA has developed a workshop focusing on the newly adopted computer science standards. Empowering ourselves, empowering our students.

    We will begin with debunking misconceptions of computer science and design thinking in general. Computer science is so much more than just coding and cannot be a one and done lesson. Developing critical thinkers is essential for all areas of study.

    Next is a deep dive into unpacking and understanding the CS standards. What are they and how can we break them down in meaningful ways? Get familiar with the new standards in this session and begin to recognize how they fit into your subject matter.

    Finally, we will allow learners the opportunity to learn how to meaningfully integrate CS standards into their practice. Learn strategies for marrying the CS standards to your learning targets and unique ways to successfully implement a well rounded lesson. Leveraging the CS standards and reframing your thinking regarding computer science will allow you to reach more learners in a deeper, richer way!

    Illinois educators can earn up to 5 PDHs for attending this workshop.

    Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

    • July 14, 2022
    • July 17, 2022
    • McCormick Place West | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Chicago, IL)

    As a computer science teacher, you are often the only one in your building, or maybe even in your district. There is a whole community of computer science educators just like you out there. Connect with them at the CSTA 2022 Annual Conference!

    CSTA 2022 will provide you with the community of support you need to make connections locally and nationally. Join us in-person to reconnect with your community of fellow K-12 computer science teachers. From affinity groups to local chapters and content-based meetups, you are certain to find your community of teachers. 

    CSTA 2022’s educational program is crafted by teachers for teachers and focuses on supporting you both in your classroom and your personal professional development, whether you’re new to teaching computer science or you’re entering your twentieth year. This year, we’re featuring over 200 educational sessions to help you get the best educational experience possible. With exclusive content designed to be hands-on for the best in-person experience, you don’t want to miss this year’s program.  

    For more information (and to register!), visit the CSTA 2022 website

    Planning to attend CSTA?  Stop by the exhibit hall and say hi to our IDEA team!

    • July 18, 2022
    • August 12, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Google Classroom
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    Today's classroom requires teachers and students to use digital tools for learning. How can we ensure that students know not just how to use digital tools for learning, but also to navigate the digital world safely, responsibly, and ethically?

    Join this four-week summer cohort with asynchronous and synchronous learning. Through self-guided videos, assignments, and group discussions, we'll develop a plan for the first six weeks of school, based on a foundation of digital citizenship (and learning).

    The goal of this cohort is for you to leave with a solid approach for how to integrate a culture of digital learning and respect (digital citizenship!) into your classroom routines and expectations.

    Throughout the four weeks, you'll experience digital citizenship models in action. You will curate and tailor your own templates, strategies, and activities that work best for your students. You will engage with like-minded educators to share ideas, reflections, and plans. You'll have the opportunity to take your newly created six-week plan and add it to your LMS. Leave with a plan for a solid and inclusive start to your school year—plus lifelong digital citizenship friends!

    This four week cohort will consist of: 

    • 2 Synchronous sessions (July 18 and August 1)

    • Approximately 1 hour of asynchronous work per week

    • Share: How do I plan to use this information in my classroom?

      *Applicable to Teacher, Coach and Admin


      Illinois educators can earn up to 6 PDHs for participating in this cohort.


      Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

      • August 01, 2022
      • August 03, 2022
      • Online
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      One idea can SPARK another!

      Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is proud to announce our summer virtual conference, ideaU.

      ideaU is a unique opportunity to join in with educators across the state and learn together. Each day will showcase a LIVE Keynote Speaker to kick the day off on the right foot.  Live breakout sessions will be throughout the day and centered around Wellness, Inclusion, Media Literacy, Computer Science & Literacy.

      Full schedule to be announced closer to the event.  IDEA is committed to providing an experience showcasing a diverse lineup of presenters and speakers.

      This year may have been tough, but you are tougher. Join us at idea U to rekindle your SPARK!

      Illinois educators can earn up to 21 PDHs from this event. 

      • August 05, 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Google Office (320 N Morgan St Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60607)
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      Often schools focus on teachers in the classroom when thinking about equity work. Although teachers have the most intimate interactions with students, when equity work lives in that space only, it is often limited.

      This workshop, facilitated by Dr. Sheldon Eakins and Dr. Sawsan Jaber, will help schools ask questions and think critically about how to involve all stakeholders and educators in all positions of a school community in the pursuit of justice in schools. The central question will be: How do I influence and make change toward equity and justice for my students and community within my locus of control?

      Ideally, schools will attend this workshop with multiple members of their school community to begin interrogating current practices and thinking about how to strategically implement equity work for their specific communities that will lead to impactful change, student and community empowerment, and healthier school communities. Participants of this workshop will leave with strategies of how to notice, name, and interrupt historic inequities that have existed in traditional school spaces and have become the norm.

      Leave the workshop with tools to collaborate with other stakeholder groups and create a plan with structured support continued learning once a month from August - December and then present your success and challenges in a round table session at the next IDEA conference.

      With your registration you will get: 

      • 5 Hour in-person workshop on August 5 in Northern Illinois (Google Headquarters!!)
      • 20 hour cohort: This accountability group will provide support asynchronously and periodically meet synchronously between August and December.
      • 1 full day at IDEAcon. Share your story and meet with like minded individuals and your instructors at IDEAcon.
      • An opportunity to present your school’s work and participate in a conversation with other schools who have also begun the work 
      • A free copy of Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins’ Book: Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for all Students

      Illinois educators can earn up to 25 PDHs for this workshop/cohort.


      Who should attend this workshop: All educators and educational leaders at all levels. If you work with children, this workshop is for you. Individual school members can attend to lead this work in their district, or school groups can attend in order to begin building collective collaborative processes.


      Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.


      About the Presenters:


      Sheldon Eakins, PhD.

      Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. He is also the author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. 

      Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.





      Sawsan Jaber, PhD.

      Dr. Jaber is currently a high school English teacher at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park. She founded Education Unfiltered Consulting and works with schools both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jaber focuses on curriculum mapping, strategic planning, custom tailoring a social justice curriculum for schools, and anti-bias training. She completed her Ph.D. with a focus on inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities.

      Dr. Jaber is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance (OVA) charged with amplifying the voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color. Additionally, Sawsan is one of the founders of the Arab American Education Network (AAEN). She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education professional learning network (ISTE PLN) Leader. Dr. Jaber is a National Board Certified teacher and has focused most of her research on engaging students in equity work and advocating for Arab and Muslim students. 

      • August 08, 2022
      • August 29, 2022
      • 4 sessions
      • Online via Thrively Platform
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      During the month of August, IDEA members will have the opportunity to participate in a cohort book study: The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life.

      In the book that inspired one of the most popular TED Talks of all time, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor reveals how rewiring our brain for happiness helps us achieve more in our careers and our relationships and as students, leaders, and parents.

      This four week cohort will consist of: 

      • 4 Synchronous sessions (August 8, 15, 22, 29)
      • Approximately 1 hour of asynchronous work per week
      • Accountability group

      *Applicable to Teachers, Coaches, and Administrators


      Illinois educators can earn up to 8 PDHs for participating in this cohort.


      Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

      • August 10, 2022
      • August 31, 2022
      • 2 sessions
      • Online via Google Classroom
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      Our summer cohorts will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work and are 100% virtual. Synchronous experiences will include guided discussions with leading experts.

      Cohorts serve as accountability groups that can continue long after the cohorts completion. In addition to gaining invaluable information, you also make connections with like minded individuals and expand your PLN.

      The curriculum covered in this cohort is intended to foster an immersive learning experience centered around disinformation, civics, and cybersecurity. The curriculum features presentation slides, which contain “lecture” slides of content, discussion prompts, worksheets, and lab activities organized throughout.

      This four week cohort will consist of: 
      • 4 hours of asynchronous work per week
      • 1 synchronous session on August 31 (online)

      *Applicable to Teachers, Coaches, and Administrators


      Illinois educators can earn up to 16 PDHs for participating in this cohort.


      Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

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