Resources, May/June 2020
IASB Offers News, Support During Coronavirus Emergency
By Kara Kienzler
To keep up with all of the breaking news and resources for school districts, we created a webpage, www.iasb.com/covid-19-coronavirus to direct traffic.
A series of video discussion topics included the 2020 primary results, schools transitioning to remote learning, working with the Illinois State Board of Education, and federal legislative issues including the stimulus relief package. You can find the full playlist on the IASB YouTube channel (ILschoolboards).
Together, Apart: Districts Share Stories of Response and Support
Collected by Theresa Kelly Gegen
Boosting the signal at the Bunker Hill CUSD 8 district office, courtesy of Todd Dugan, Superintendent.
“Like the wind,” Winfield SD 34 packet deliveries took place at the end of students’ spring break, courtesy of Superintendent Matt Rich.
Ridgewood High School 3D Printing in action, courtesy of Superintendent Jennifer Kelsall.
Streator chalk talks on the walks of Streator THSD 40, courtesy of Superintendent Matt Seaton.
Schaumburg SD 54 School board member Mary Kay Prusnick joined the PPE mask-making effort.
Sunshine Laws and Social Distancing
By Theresa Kelly Gegen
When Illinois’ stay-at-home directives were published in mid-March, they included an overabundance of concerns and challenges for Illinois school boards, one of which was how to run a meeting. Unity Point SD 140 in Carbondale was among the first to explore the collision of social distancing and the state’s Open Meetings Act.
- Governor’s Executive Order 2020-07 including Section 6 regarding the Open Meetings Act (March 16)
- The Illinois Attorney General’s Guidance to Public Bodies on the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 17, updated April 9)
- A March 16 article in The Southern Illinoisan which quoted Don Craven from the Illinois Press Association
Getting it Right for Every Student
By Ken Wallace
The essential pieces of Maine THSD 207's work, the Individual Career Plan, which our counselors help organize and manage with each student on their caseload.
In this video, Maine West graduate Konrad Ryk (Class of 2019), now an Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) apprentice this year, is getting paid to work while also having his education paid for by his employer.
Apprenticeship: Linking School to 21st-Century Skills
By Jinghong Cai, Center for Public Education
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist … using technologies that haven’t yet been invented … in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
The Center for Public Education
The Value and Promise of Career Technical Education: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students
By Advance CTE
Career Technical Education has come a long way in the last decade. CTE programs not only teach students real-world knowledge and skills, but increasingly provide opportunities for dual enrolment, industry-recognized credentials and meaningful work-based learning experiences
Practical PR: Strategic Storytelling
By Patrick Mogge
Each and every one of us in public schools has the opportunity to shape the perception of public education in our local communities and throughout Illinois. Simple acts can often go viral and yet the amazing work…
THSD 214 developed a microsite highlighting its work providing personal protective equipment.