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.

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 20 and Saturday, November 21.

Registration information wil be posted as it becomes available.
All attendees must be paid registrants for the 2020 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 Schedule

9-10 a.m.
Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Presenter: Leah Bartelt, Deputy Public Access Counselor, Public Access Bureau, Office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Serving Our Homeless Students and Families
Presenters: Angela Reeter, McKinney – Vento Program Administrator; Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent of Schools #3; Annette Hartlieb, Assistant Regional Superintendent; Mary Adams, Homeless Liaison, Regional Office of Education #3
Policies and Procedures: Your Role after a PRESS Update
Presenter: Angie Powell, IASB Policy Director
You ARE the Music: An Opportunity to Laugh, Sing, and Learn Four “Virus-Induced” Coping Skills
Presenters: Donna McCaw, Ed.D., President; Tami Roskamp, School Consulting, Inc.; David Black, Retired Superintendent
10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Open Meetings Act (OMA)
Presenter: Edie Steinberg, Assistant Attorney General, Public Access Counselor, Office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Compliance Issues
Presenters: Mark Klaisner Ed.D., Executive Director, West 40 ISC #2, IARSS President; Steve Bogren, Chief Compliance Officer, West 40 ISC #2
Coming to Order: A Guide to Successful School Board Meetings
Presenter: Theresa Gegen, IASB Director of Communications/Editorial Services
2020 IMRF Retirement Seminar
Presenter: Brian Glover, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

1-3 p.m.
Overview of the 17th Annual IASB Administrative Professionals’ Program
2020 Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award Presentation
Opening Session: “It’s All About You: Finding Your WHY and Making an IMPACT
Presenter: Courtney Orzel, Ed.D., Associate Director of Professional Development, Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)
Join us for this informative, inspirational, and energizing session focused on the IMPACT that administrative professionals have on organizations. You will find your “WHY” and leave with practical, tactical ways to energize your work and your life!
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 Consultant.

Saturday Schedule

10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Importance of Cyber Safe Schools
Presenter: Detective Rich Wistocki (retired), President, Be Sure Consulting, Inc.
Agendas & Minutes
Presenter: M. Curt Richardson, Attorney, McLean Co. Unit District 5, Normal; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
12:30-1:30 p.m.
OMA Gray Areas and Pandemic Rules
Presenter: Steven M. Richart, Attorney, Hodges Loizzi Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP, Arlington Heights; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
Records Retention
Presenter: Brian R. Bare, Attorney, Whitt Law LLC, Aurora; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Equity Training
Presenter: Maryam Brotine, IASB Assistant General Counsel; Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
Networking Lounge
An opportunity to learn as you network with administrative pro­fessionals throughout Illinois; discover information about panels you were unable to attend; a deeper dive into panels you did attend; issues common to smaller/rural districts; issues common to large districts; exchange business cards for future contact and more.