Joint Annual Conference

November 19-21, 2021


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2021 Conference Registration Now Open

School leaders from across Illinois will show and share 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.

The Illinois Association of School Boards continues to plan for an in-person Joint Annual Conference while monitoring COVID-19 mitigation measures. IASB will comply with all health and safety guidelines that are in place at the time of the Annual Conference. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to connecting school leaders in person, November 19-21, 2021.

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

  • February 15, 2021: Exhibitor Registration Opens
  • June 8, 2021: Registration and Housing Opens
  • September 1, 2021: Advertising Deadline, Sponsor Commitment(Opens in a new window) and Payment Due
  • September 30, 2021: Holly Jack Award nomination deadline
  • October 4, 2021: Registration Cancellation Deadline
  • November 19-21, 2021: Joint Annual Conference

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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  • Conference Awards

    Various awards are presented each year at the Joint Annual Conference, including those for top board president, superintendent of the year, innovative school designs, and more.
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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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