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Administrative Professionals' Program

This professional development opportunity is designed to enhance the roles and skills of the individual(s) in every district who perform the duties of the school board secretary or administrative assistant. The two-day training includes breakout panels, Conference orientation, a general session speaker, a roundtable networking event, and the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an IASB policy consultant. These sessions are developed to build knowledge and grow professional skills for both those who are new on the job, and those who have many years of experience.

Download the Administrative Professionals' Program flyer.

Build knowledge, Grow Professional Skills, and Network with Peers

Dates and Location
The Administrative Professionals' Program will be held at the Swiss├Âtel on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23.

Registration
All attendees must be paid registrants for the 2019 Joint Annual Conference; however there is no extra cost for this program. All individuals registered for JAC as an administrative professional are invited and encouraged to attend this program.

Friday Sessions

9-10 a.m.

  • Living in the Google Cloud, Presenter: Lee Cook, Instructional Technology Curriculum Coordinator, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200
  • Homeless Scenarios: Homeless or Not? – Presenters: Angela Reeter, Regional Office of Education (ROE) #3 McKinney-Vento Program Administrator; Julie Wollerman, ROE #3 Regional Superintendent; Annette Hartlieb, ROE #3 Assistant Regional Superintendent; Mary Adams, ROE #3 Homeless Liaison
  • Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Presenter: Leah Bartelt, Assistant Attorney General, Public Access Bureau, Office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
  • Dealing with Difficult People, Presenters: Victoria Padilla and Kelly Nyert, Administrative Assistants, ROE #17

10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Google Forms and Sheets: Productivity Accomplices, Presenter: Lee Cook, Instructional Technology Curriculum Coordinator, Wheaton Warrenville CUSD 200
  • We All Need Somebody to Lean On: Supporting Staff, Student, and Self Mental Health and Well-Being, Presenter: Dr. Max McGee, Former: District Superintendent, State Superintendent of Illinois, and President of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Currently: President, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
  • Open Meetings Act (OMA) Nuts and Bolts, Presenter: Leah Bartelt, Assistant Attorney General, Public Access Bureau, Office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
  • 2019 IMRF Retirement Planning Workshop: Providing a Lifetime of Income Protection, Kate Setchell, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)

1-3 p.m.

  • 1 p.m. Conference Orientation and Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award Presentation
  • 1:40 p.m. General Session – Join the Journey, Presenter: Sonya Jones, Outreach Representative for Hospital Sisters Health Services (HSHS), Former finalist on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser“
 
Meet with an IASB Policy Director
Look for an email in mid-September with a link to schedule a 15-minute appointment with an IASB Policy Director. Available times: Friday 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Saturday Sessions

10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • They Call Me “Dr. De,” the Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience & Recovery, Frank DeAngelis, Consultant for Safety and Emergency Management at Jeffco School District, Former Principal at Columbine High School
  • Law of the Draw (Q&A), Presenters: A. Lynn Himes, Attorney, Scariano, Himes, and Petrarca, Chtd., Chicago; Past Chairman and Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys and James A. Petrungaro, Attorney, Scariano, Himes, and Petrarca, Chtd., Chicago; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys Executive Committee

12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • OMA’s Gray Areas,  Presenter: Steven M. Richart, Attorney, Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP, Arlington Heights; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • SANTAS (Super Achieving Nice Talented Attentive Secretaries) Make the Season Special, Donna McCaw, President, School Consulting, Inc.; Tami Roskamp, School Consulting, Inc.

2-3 p.m.

  • Implementing Board Policy: Your AP Manual, Angie Powell, IASB Policy Director

3-4 p.m.

  • Updating Board Policy: What Requires Board Action? Angie Powell, IASB Policy Director

2-4 p.m.

  • Carousel of Panels/Networking. Below is the tentative list of round table topics (4 per hour):
    • Diffusing difficult conversations with parents/community members before involving the superintendent
    • Acclimating/adjusting to a new superintendent/administrative assistant team 
    • Records retention: paper vs. electronic files
    • Working through emotional situations that occur in your district with professionalism, confidence and appropriate responses
    • Effective/FUN stress management
    • Ethics and integrity
    • Emergency operations guidelines
    • Hiring substitute teachers and paraprofessionals