Joint Annual Conference

November 22-24, 2019

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A premier training event for Illinois' public school leaders

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 Swiss├┤tel Chicago.

The Conference attracts over 9,000 public school officials and guests each year. Education leaders in attendance include local school board members, superintendents and administrative assistants, school administrators, state and regional education officials, school attorneys, university professors, and exhibitors.


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By the Numbers

  • 180+
    EXHIBITORS
  • 116
    PANEL SESSIONS
  • 9,000
    ATTENDEES

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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  • Safety and Security Seminar

    The School Safety and Security Summit is will provide district personnel and the community the latest information to keep their schools safe.
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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

  • 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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"There is no single place and time to enhance your board experience by gaining valuable information, hearing success stories and networking with colleagues and fellow board members than at the IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Annual Conference."

Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Guin Mundorf
  • Ameresco
  • Kings Financial