January/February 2015

Dean Langdon, IASB associate executive director for Board Development/TAG, answers the question for in this issue of the Journal.

Question: What is the Alliance Leadership Summit?

The Alliance Leadership Summit, scheduled for February 17-18 in Springfield, will focus on the future of public education in Illinois and revolve around Vision 20/20, the statewide School Management Alliance’s ambitious and comprehensive blueprint for public education.

The Summit offers an opportunity for stakeholders to come together as a unified team to learn and to engage legislators at this critical time in the history of public education. Districts are invited to send a team to Springfield for the Summit. Ideally, representatives would include the superintendent, one board member, one principal, and one business official, but any combination is welcome.

Vision 20/20 organizers will offer an engaging presentation regarding the four pillars of Vision 20/20: Highly Effective Educators, 21st Century Learning, Shared Accountability, and Equitable and Adequate Funding.

The Summit will also feature Joseph Scherer, executive director of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue, presenting “School Leaders: Strong Minds Creating a Vision.”

A panel of political analysts will include Bernie Schoenburg, longtime political columnist for The State Journal-Register; Jamey Dunn, executive editor of Illinois Issues magazine; and Dave McKinney, who spent 19 years covering politics and state government as the statehouse bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The executive directors of the Alliance, Brent Clark (IASA), Roger Eddy (IASB), Michael Jacoby (Illinois ASBO), and Jason Leahy (IPA), will participate in a panel discussion regarding hot topics such as Senate Bill 16, the education budget, pension reform and the cost shift.

Time is set aside for legislative visits to the Capitol and the Alliance will host a legislative reception the evening of February 17.

School leaders are encouraged to work with their superintendents to assemble a district leadership team and register for the summit, which will take place Tuesday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 18 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. (meetings) and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (legislative visits).

Registration is currently open on the IASA website at and should take place through the district superintendent.