Joint Annual Conference

November 19-21, 2021


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2021 Joint Annual Conference

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.

We 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

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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