Joint Annual Conference

November 19-21, 2021

Panel Presentations requested for 2022 Conference

School districts and related education organizations can now submit proposals (RFPs) for “Share the Success” panel presentations at the 2022 Joint Annual Conference.

These 60-minute sessions should be based on actual school system experiences and presenters should give insight and practical information on how to solve common problems and share innovations from programs succeeding in their districts. Proposals must be submitted by March 7, 2022. Preview the Request for Proposals questions prior to completing the online form.

2021 Joint Annual Conference

School leaders from across Illinois showed and shared how they Educate, Inspire, and Lead as we emerge from a global pandemic and into a time of educational growth and innovation at the 2021 Joint Annual Conference.

About Conference

Recognized as one of the nation's largest state education conferences, the Joint Annual Conference is a premier training event for school board members, administrators, and business officials. It is held annually in November at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (co-headquarters), Sheraton Grand Chicago (co-headquarters), and Swissôtel Chicago. See past Conference highlights.

Important Dates

  • March 7, 2022: 'Share the Success' RFP's Due

Conference Features

  • Pre-Conference Workshops

    Pre-Conference Workshops are designed to give school board members knowledge, skills, and resources to provide effective board leadership.
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  • Bookstore and More

    A Conference Bookstore offers more than 3,000 titles for school officials and guests, while the IASB Info Center is the location for information, services, and support from IASB representatives.
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  • Administrative Professionals

    The Administrative Professionals' Program is designed to enhance the roles and skills of the individual(s) who perform the duties of the school board secretary or administrative assistant.
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  • General Session Speakers

    Three keynote speakers will Educate, Inspire, and Lead attendees at the 2021 Joint Annual Conference in Chicago.
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Conference Announcements

  • District Presentation Proposals Sought for 2021 Joint Annual Conference

    Illinois school districts are invited to submit proposals for Share the Success panel presentations at the 2021 Joint Annual Conference.
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  • Exhibitor Registration Open for 2021 Joint Annual Conference

    Exhibitor registration, contracts, and information are now available for the 2021 Joint Annual Conference.
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  • Joint Annual Conference Registration Opens June 8

    IASB is optimistic for the return of the in-person Joint Annual Conference in 2021.
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  • Districts Selected to ‘Share the Success’ at 2021 Joint Annual Conference

    Presentations offer insight and information that may be useful for other school districts.
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  • Joint Annual Conference Registration Open

    The Joint Annual Conference is scheduled to take place in person from November 19-21 in Chicago.
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  • Carousel of Panels offers Variety of Topics at Annual Conference

    Joint Annual Conference attendees can choose from an assortment of topics during the Carousel of Panels.
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  • Boards Can Use Sample Policies to Ensure Transparency When Attending Conference

    Boards adopt policies that ensure transparency for district professional development and related expenses.
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  • Safety and Security Track Offered at JAC

    Sessions include threat assessment, physical space protections, and programs supporting mental health and well-being of students and staff.
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  • General Session Speakers Announced for 2021 Joint Annual Conference

    The keynoters will offer messages of inspiration and encouragement for school leaders.
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  • Online Planner Launched for 2021 Joint Annual Conference

    Create a personalized Joint Annual Conferece schedule using the Online Conference Planner.
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  • JAC to Feature Conversations about Recovery

    Conference sessions will relate to health, safety, crisis management, and pandemic recovery.
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  • Conference Offerings for Newer Board Members

    At #ILJAC21, there will be opportunities for new board members to continue learning and growing iin their governance role.
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  • JAC Reminders: Badges, App, and Outreach

    The 88th Joint Annual Conference with IASB/IASA/IASBO is on the way.
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  • Elaine Nicholson of Meridian CUSD 223 named 2021 Holly Jack Award winner

    Elaine Nicholson, of Meridian CUSD 223, has been named the 2021 Holly Jack Award winner.
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