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, a general session speaker, networking with other administrative professionals, 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.

Administrative Professionals' Program Brochure

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 18 and Saturday, November 19.

Registration Information
All attendees must be paid registrants for the 2022 Joint Annual Conference; however there is no extra cost for this program. All individuals registered for Conference as an administrative professional are invited and encouraged to attend this unique professional development opportunity.

The full program schedule with presentation topics and times is listed below.

Friday, November 18

9 – 10 a.m.

  • Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) –  Leah Bartelt, Public Access Counselor, Illinois Attorney Generals’ Office 

  • Policy Basics – Angie Powell, Senior Director, IASB Policy Services

  • Relationships Matter: The Key to a Successful Administrative Assistant and Superintendent Partnership – PJ Caposey, Ed. D., Superintendent and Elaine Nicholson, Coordinator to the Superintendent and Board of Education (2021 Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award winner), Meridian CUSD 223 

  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) – NOT Just Retirement! – Brian Glover, Field Services Representative, IMRF Metro North Territory

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Open Meetings Act: Understanding and Compliance – Leah Bartelt, Public Access Counselor, Illinois Attorney General’s Office 

  • Taking Google Tools to the Next Level – the D47 Solution Team – Clare Bourne, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Tommy Chanthasene, Director of Technology and Dave Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services, Crystal Lake D47 

  • Your local ROE/ISC, the 411 and the 911 – Chris Dvorak, Regional Superintendent of Schools, LaSalle Regional Office of Education 35; Mark Klaisner, Ed.D., Executive Director, West 40 ISC 2 and President, IARSS; Jill Ries, Ph.D., Director of Elementary Education, West Bend (Wisconsin) School District; Kyle Thompson, Regional Superintendent, ROE #11

  • Illinois Local Records Act: Compliance and Best Practices – Marikay Hegarty and Steve Colaizzi, Field Representatives, Local Records Unit, Illinois State Archives

1 – 3 p.m.

  • Administrative Professionals' Program Welcome and Presentation of the Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award

    Keynote – Growing Our Resilience: Cultivating Purpose, Connection and Courage in Tough Times –
    Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Conflict 180: Turning Conflict into Connection

Saturday, November 19

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Transparency Talk – Nicki Bazer, Attorney and Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) member, Franczek P.C.; Brian Crowley, Attorney and ICSA member, Franczek P.C.; Emily Tulloch, Attorney and ICSA Member, Franczek P.C.

  • Google Tips and Tricks to Increase your Workflow – Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Centers of Illinois

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

  • Agendas and Minutes – Curt Richardson, Attorney, McLean County Unit District 5 and ICSA Member

  • Opening the Door of Opportunity for McKinney-Vento Families – Melissa Cunha, McKinney-Vento District Liaison, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Jan Lenci, McKinney-Vento Liaison, Director of Teaching and Learning; Megan Van Houtegen, McKinney-Vento District Liaison and Secretary to the Director of Teaching and Learning; Diana Peterson, Food Service Staff; Jill Raymond, Board Member, Steger SD 194

2 – 3 p.m.

  • Educational Equity: What Is It and Why Is It Important? One District’s Journey – Tanisha Cannon, Ed.D., Chief Equity Officer and Theresa Rouse, Ed.D., Superintendent, Joliet PSD 86

  • Declutter Your Digital Life – Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Centers of Illinois