Joint Annual Conference

November 20-22, 2020

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Panel presentations requested for 2020

School districts and related education organizations can now submit proposals (RFPs) for “Share the Success” panel presentations at the 2020 Joint Annual Conference.

These 60-minute sessions are presented by board members, administrators, and other school or community members. Presentations 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.

Links for 2019 Conference attendees

About the 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. 

By the Numbers

  • 200+
  • 114
  • 9,000

Conference Announcements

  • Conference speakers will inspire through music, leadership, and courage

    Attendees at the 2019 Joint Annual Conference will hear from three keynote speakers during General Sessions to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22-24. Each will share their unique story aimed to motivate and inspire school leaders to transform their educational visions into reality.
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  • Panel presentations selected to 'Share the Success'

    Twenty-eight panels have been selected from proposals submitted by school districts and related education organizations for presentation at the 2019 Joint Annual Conference.
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  • Carousel of Panels offers 28 panel presentations

    A Carousel of Panels will provide school officials a wide assortment of topics to learn from at the Joint Annual Conference.
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  • School security seminar scheduled at Conference

    For the fourth consecutive year, IASB will host a half-day seminar on school safety during the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago. The seminar is being offered in response to the continuing critical challenges facing schools in providing and maintaining school safety.
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  • Pre-Conference Workshops offer additional training for school board members

    IASB will offer eight training sessions designed to equip school board members with knowledge and skills to provide effective board leadership. The full-day and half-day Pre-Conference Workshops will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Joint Annual Conference, on Friday, November 22.
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  • Panel titles, times, and more listed in Conference Preview

    The 2019 Joint Annual Conference Preview is now available on the IASB website. The 24 page informational booklet includes an at-a-glance schedule of major Conference events, plus descriptions and time slots for panel sessions, Pre-Conference Workshops, the School Safety and Security Seminar, and much more.
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  • Conference housing deadline: Early-bird rates end October 1

    The deadline to register for the Joint Annual Conference at the discounted early-bird rate of $499 is Tuesday, October 1. Conference housing blocks will also be closed at that time. Conference registration will remain open at a cost of $525 per person. IASB members and districts can register through their IASB account.
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  • Joint Annual Conference badges mailed to district offices

    Badges were mailed to the offices of district superintendents on Thursday, October 31. The mailing will contain badges for all individuals and their guests who registered for Conference before 8:30 a.m. on October 30.
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  • IASB Member School Boards Revisit School Safety Resolutions

    School boards in Illinois have voted against a proposed resolution that would call for the Illinois Association of School Boards to support legislation that would allow school districts to set school safety and student protection policies that would allow trained, armed school teachers and staff.
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  • Experience the 2019 Joint Annual Conference

    A review of the 87th Joint Annual Conference includes photos, highlights from the General Sessions, news and numbers from Conference events, and an update from the Delegate Assembly.
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  • Conference Photo Gallery Now Available

    Explore, and perhaps find yourself in, digital images from the 2019 Joint Annual Conference which are now available for viewing in the online gallery.
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  • Last Chance to Complete Conference Survey

    The 2019 Joint Annual Conference survey closes December 20, 2019.
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