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IDEA summer programming

IDEA is hosting a plethora of professional learning opportunities this summer!

We will be offering three types of events, each with varying time commitments: MicroPD, Workshops, and Cohorts.


Topics discussed in each event type include wellness, equity, STEAM, computer science, and more! Whether you are a teacher, coach, or administrator, you'll find PD that fits your needs. Pending the event type, there are in-person, virtual, and hybrid options. 

Not sure if summer programming is right for you? Click here to learn more about these offerings from IDEA Director of Professional Learning Lindsay Zilly. 

Click here to download a one-pager to share with your team! 

IDea cohorts

Our cohorts are our longer learning groups. Each summer cohort is one month long

All cohorts will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work and will receive professional development hours accordingly.

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

Check out the five cohorts we are hosting this summer to find the right one for you! 






Idea workshops

Our workshops are 1 day sessions lasting 5-6 hours. Each workshop is lead by an expert in the topic and will culminate in a call to action. Workshops will provide 5-6 professional development hours.




*The Disruptors workshop is a workshop and cohort bundle. After the one day workshop, there will be a 6 month long cohort to follow. More details on the event page here.

idea Micropd

Our MicroPD program is new this year! 

Each summer adventure of MicroPD is 4 weeks long. Participants will receive 4, 30 minute asynchronous micro learning experiences total. Each micro learning experience will be available for the duration of the program and can be accessed by the user at any time.

All programs will end in an in person or synchronous virtual session with an expert. These sessions will serve as capstones where participants create toolkits based on the work they've done on their own and what they learn from the facilitator. These sessions will last 3 hours.

Each MicroPD has three strands: a teacher strand, coach strand, and administrator strand. Choose one or all three!

MicroPDs all start on June 6, 2022. Check out the MicroPD sessions below!



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Upcoming Summer Events

    • June 02, 2022
    • June 23, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Google Classroom
    Register

    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 (June 2, 9, 16, 23)
    • 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.

    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.

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

    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 06, 2022
    • July 13, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online / July 13 in-person at the PDA (2705 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL)
    Register

    This pathway will include a set of diverse PD offerings available to IDEA members regarding STEAM.  There are 3 strands to choose from:


    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 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 13 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
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Northern Illinois
    Register

    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 Central or Southern Illinois?  

    Click here for our Central 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 07, 2022
    • July 28, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online via Thrively Platform
    Register

    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 11, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cabbages & Kings Games (4450 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights)
    Register

    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
    • PDA Office (2705 McDonough, Joliet, IL)
    Register

    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 25, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Southern Illinois
    Register

    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 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 Central 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.

    • August 04, 2022
    • August 05, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Southern Illinois OR Northern Illinois
    Register

    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 4 (Southern Illinois) OR August 5 (Northern Illinois)
    • 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
    Register

    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
    Register

    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.

    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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