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IASB JOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE


2010 Joint Annual Conference Overview

More than 76 percent of the state’s 868 school districts attended the 2010 Joint Annual Conference, Nov. 19-21, in Chicago. This was the 78 th meeting of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

This year’s event drew 3,501 guests, 2,831 school board members, 1,770 exhibitors, 723 administrators, 518 superintendents, 149 board secretaries, 26 regional superintendents and 24 university professors, as well as service associates, school attorneys, state board officials, special ed administrators, and others.

The Joint Annual Conference remains extremely popular, despite the economic hardships facing school districts and individuals, because of the abundant learning opportunities it provides for board members and administrators.

This year’s attendance figures, which will rise after final tallies are known, showed a 14 percent drop in district representation. About 100 fewer districts attended, a fact that conference officials attributed to local district finances, state funding uncertainties and delays, and a reduction in some professional development budgets.  

At the same time, attendance increased among IASB Service Associates, the state board of education, special education districts, and board secretaries.

Information and insights on a wide range of issues in school governance and public education were found at 286 exhibits, 115 panel sessions, 28 "carousel" panels, nine pre-conference workshops, three general sessions, bookstore, delegate assembly, and other various learning and networking opportunities.

This year's panel sessions drew 7,258 people, or an average of 63 persons per panel in the five panel time slots over three days. Attendance reached standing room only capacity at eight sessions.

Legislative, legal, technology, finance, and communication issues were hot topics for 2010.

The single largest panel – State Policy Makers: What’s Next? – attracted 475 people. Legislative Issues Impacting School Districts drew another 275 to that panel.

Three legal panels combined to draw 415 people: Complying with Legal Requirements in Disciplining Students, Happy Anniversary: One Year under Amended FOIA and OMA, and Special Education Law: The Year in Review.

Technology was also popular panel topic. 21 st Century Skills for School Leaders and Supporting Technology Initiatives to Transform Teaching and Learning attracted 350 school leaders.

Also popular again was the "Carousel of Panels" held on Saturday afternoon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. More than 325 board members and administrators attended the 28 panels that rotated in three 30-minute sessions.

Many of the handouts and PowerPoint presentations from this year’s conference are available online at the IASB Members-Only website.

School districts sent 350 representatives to debate six resolutions presented at Saturday's Delegate Assembly. In addition to voting on IASB's position statements, they also voted on officers, and heard reports from newly elected IASB President Joseph Alesandrini and IASB Executive Director Emeritus Michael D. Johnson.

A separate strand of professional development for board secretaries was held at the Swissotel Chicago. This year elected officials and school employees could attend 12 training sessions on various topics, including a boot camp, school record maintenance and disposal, technology, agendas and minutes, retirement planning, policy procedures, implementing FOIA, school board elections, and various personnel issues.

Attendance at the eight elective pre-conference workshops held at the Sheraton Towers on Friday totaled 576. In fact, three of the workshops - Data First for School Goverenance, Board/Superintendent Relationships, and Transforming Difficult People into 21st Century Leaders - were sold out.

The 2010 conference also featured workshops for members of IASA and Illinois ASBO, tours of Chicago Public Schools, three general sessions and keynote speakers, a day-long seminar for school attorneys, and various meetings of work-alike groups.

Ninety-four representatives from 47 school districts toured five urban schools and were accompanied by CPS President Mary B. Richardson-Lowry. Attendance at the Illinois Council of School Attorney's 24th Annual Seminar on School Law had 161 participants at the all-day event on Friday.

This year's keynoters were humorist Sam Glenn, former superintendent James Burgett, and Freedom Writer Manual Scott. Other featured guests included state school board officials, past presidents of IASB, and NSBA President Earl C. Rickman III of Michigan.

Seven schools and school architecture firms received awards in the 2010 Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments program, sponsored by IASB Service Associates. Awards of Distinction, Merit and Honorable Mention were given and a total of 18 entries were on display throughout the conference.

Awards also went out for Risk Management, Outstanding School Board President, Superintendent of the Year, and Outstanding School Board Secretary.

Hundreds of members and guests also took advantage of IASB’s Information Room, where they could talk, meet Association officers and staff, meet state board of education officials, and heard about the features of IASB services, including BoardBook®, the Members-Only website, school board policies online hosting service, and the LeaderShop Online Learning Center.

The exhibit hall was also very popular and at times very crowded. A Bingo game was held and drew 125 entries for 20 winning gift cards.

This was the third year that certified Illinois teachers who were either registered conference attendees (board members) or registered guests were able to receive Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for their participation in the 2010 Joint Annual Conference. More than 155 teachers took advantage of this offer.

Participants who want to help evaluate the 2010 Joint Annual Conference can go online to complete a survey about their experiences and activities. An online gallery of hundreds of photos taken at this year’s conference will also be made available.

The 79 th Joint Annual Conference will be held Nov. 18-20, 2011, in Chicago. A Call for Proposals have been posted online and information for exhibitors will go out in early February. Housing and registration packets will be mailed to districts in early June 2010.

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