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Join us for AACTE’s upcoming webinar on high-quality principal preparation

The discussion will include an overview of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and how preparation programs are partnering with districts to bring these standards to life. Practitioner voices will share their perspectives on what it takes to be prepared for today’s school leadership role.

Featured panelists for the webinar include:

  • Joan Auchter, director, professional learning, National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Timothy Drake, assistant professor/researcher, North Carolina State University
  • Jamon Flowers, graduate assistant/principal, William & Mary, School Leadership Institute

Registration is open for the webinar, titled What Should High-Quality Principal Preparation Programs Look Like? It is scheduled for 3–4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 18. For more information about this webinar and the panelists, visit the webinar event page on AACTE’s website.

Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education

The Center for Rural Education was founded to encourage post-secondary goals for rural Tennessee students, support pre-service teaching candidates from rural areas, enhance the professional opportunities for rural teachers, and contribute to the profession with rural research. This inaugural conference is the next step in the journey to accomplish those goals. Please join them on March 24, 2020, as they explore the theme, Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education.” This one-day conference intends to foster collaboration as they pool ideas, share information, and provide tools and resources to support our rural counties.

2020 College Changes Everything Conference

Save the Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Please mark your calendars for the 2020 College Changes Everything® Conference–the state’s premier college access and success event. This one day conference showcases best practices, collaborations, and resources available to promote and support student college and career readiness and to help Illinois reach its Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park.

A call for interest session proposals will go out in January. Please consider submitting a proposal to help make the conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues from all over the state.

One of the strengths of the conference is that it brings together the diverse stakeholders from across the state needed for student success: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors, and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; employers and workforce development professionals; and policy makers and elected officials interested in education and student outcomes. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state’s goal.

2020 College Changes Everything Conference planning committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything® Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025

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