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Nontraditional Support Webinar

This two-part webinar series will introduce nontraditional occupations (NTO) and pay special attention to how NTO is changing as a result of Perkins Reauthorization. Individuals will have the opportunity to hear from programs throughout the state and the innovative ways they are reaching, supporting, and transitioning NTO students.

Webinar Information

Part 1:

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

You can register for part 1 of the webinar at the following link:
Nontraditional Support Part 1 Registration


Part 2:

Thu, Nov 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

You can register for part 2 of the webinar at the following link:
Nontraditional Support Part 2 Registration

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Promising Practices in Illinois Career Pathways Compendium

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is pleased to share the Promising Practices
in Illinois Career Pathways Compendium. This compendium was developed by the Illinois
Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), with consultation from the featured
colleges and in coordination with the ICCB’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) team.
This document highlights promising practices and innovative programs related to career
pathways at a number of colleges across Illinois that represent different regions, populations,
and economies. To identify promising practices ICSPS conducted a survey and interviewed
persons responsible for programs that demonstrated exceptional characteristics related
to several of the career pathway principles including strong partnerships, curriculum
alignment, pathway progression, industry recognized credentials, continuous improvement,
data gathering and sharing, industry recognized credentials and sustainability and
scalability. Importantly, this compendium is a living document, and will be expanded and
revised in future versions.

The Compendium can be accessed at the following link:
Promising Practices in Illinois Career Pathways

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Transitioning Individuals with ASD to Postsecondary Education and Employment


The Autism Training & Technical Assistance (ATTA) project at the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support will bring together a group of leading professionals with expertise in preparation and recruitment of individuals with autism for the workplace and their career and educational advancement. The day will also include a panel discussion from postsecondary education partners to share their work specific to individuals with ASD in the college setting and its connection to employment.

ATTA seeks to develop and present resources that assist individuals with ASD in their transition from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment. ATTA also seeks to provide training and support to important stakeholders as they work to provide an equitable experience for individuals with autism.

Our objectives are to:
1. Build a community focused on issues related to the preparation and employment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
2. Identify interventions to create an inclusive workplace.
3. Develop next steps to advance evidence-based practices to equitably include individuals with autism in the workplace.

Featured Speaker

The event will feature John Elder Robinson. John Elder Robison grew up with Asperger’s Syndrome, and was undiagnosed until the age of 40. He is leading voice on autism and implores audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses. He teaches neurodiversity at the Williamsburg campus and at the Washington DC continuing education facility. He is an active participant in the ongoing discussion of ethical and legal issues relating to autism therapy, services, and intervention. He is particularly interested in improving quality of life for those living with autism today—both those with ASD and the family members who support their success.

Important information

* This is a free event
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Lunch will be provided
* Registration closes August 22, 2018

Event Details

August 29, 2018
10am – 3pm

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Redbird A/B
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Registration can be found at the following link:
Registration Page

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Marketing Apprenticeships to Targeted Populations Listening Session

The Marketing Subcommittee of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board’s Apprenticeship Committee is convening a listening session of Illinois-based organizations, groups, agencies, or individuals that support the progress of people or groups that face marginalization or inequitable access in education or the workforce.

The IWIB Apprenticeship Committee, in support from a DOL Apprenticeship grant, aims to increase awareness about apprenticeships, scale the number of apprenticeship opportunities, and increase the number of individuals entering apprenticeships, specifically those who are underrepresented in apprenticeship programming. This facilitated listening session will gather information to inform Illinois’ marketing and outreach approaches to educate and connect individuals with apprenticeship opportunities. Since this grant aims to target specific populations underrepresented in apprenticeships, it is important to ensure our marketing efforts are inclusive of culturally-sensitive and culturally-informed approaches and methods that easily reach and resonate with each targeted population.

Important information
* This is a free event
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Lunch will be provided
* Registration closes August 29, 2018

Event Details
September 6, 2018
10am – 3pm
Illinois State University
Alumni Center
1101 North Main Street
Normal, IL 61761

Registration can be found at the following link: Listening Session Registration


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Transitions Academy Webinar: Effective Career Advising Practices and Approaches

Career planning is an essential life skill that enables students to be more self-directed and empowered as they confront a rapidly changing economy and other life challenges and milestones. Career planning is a process of self-discovery that helps people identify what they are good at and understand how their skills, talents, and interests translate into work, occupation, and career decisions that are right for them. This webinar will introduce you to key steps for career exploration to help students gather the information they need, from multiple sources, in order to help them make informed choices and set realistic education and career goals and action steps.

August 15th 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Guest presenter:

Sandy Goodman, Director of SABES PD Center for Education and Career Planning

Director of Career Pathways, National College Transition Network

Webinar cost is free and open to all. Session will be recorded and archived for future access.

To register, click the link and complete the registration information: Webinar Registration Page

Sponsored in partnership by the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center and Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

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Transitions Academy FY 19

Thank you for attending the Transitions Academy FY 19. The Transitions Academy was held on August 7– 8, 2018 at the Keller Thelma Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. For your convenience we have archived presentation material from the Transitions Academy for your continued access.

The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS models, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study.

The Transitions Academy Agenda can be found at the following link:
Transitions Academy Agenda FY 19

Links to archived presentations given at the Transitions Academy, and their accompanying handouts, can be found below:

Transitions Academy Opening Presentation

Overview of Illinois Bridge/Pre-IET and ICAPS/IETs

ICAPS IET Planning Template

Marketing ICAPS/IET Programs Developing a Sales Pitch and Elevator Speech

Exploring the Components of Bridge/Pre-IET and ICAPS/IET Models

Resources for IETs

Introduction to the Self-Assessment

Exploring Application:

Essential Components of a Support Course:

Additional Materials shared at the Transitions Academy have also been archived at the following links:

Transitions Academy Webinar Flyer
IET Model Graphic – Revised
Thanks to Our Presenters Document
Ability to Benefit Presentation

Breakout session notes:

Compiled Breakout Session Notes

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Identification and Provision of Services for Special Education Students AA #593 – Region 5



This Academy, presented by Brandon K. Wright of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., will guide participants through the major topics in special education law, focusing on those issues that are new, those that are prevalent, and those that never-get-old. We know our basic obligations to students with disabilities — but let’s take a deeper look and see how those issues are developing in practice. This year’s Academy will have an additional focus on how courts are handling the Supreme Court’s Endrew F. decision a year after the opinion was handed down. With a practical and fresh approach, this course will use real-life discussions about matters including eligibility and evaluation, procedural compliance, discipline, and Section 504. This academy is a must for special education administrators — particularly as special education becomes an increasing area of liability for school districts. By using case law from around the U.S., filtered through the lens of an experienced special education attorney, participants will walk away with a renewed clarity about the legal obligations of school districts — and the confidence to keep focused on ensuring the district’s actions legal, efficient, and effective!

This academy is a must for special education administrators — particularly as special education becomes an increasing area of liability for school districts. General education administrators will also benefit from the information presented in this course.

Target Audience:

Special Education Administrators
Building Principals
Assistant Principals

*This workshop is being funded by an ISBE Discretionary Grant.

Event Information:

Region 5 Event

August 29, 2018 ~ 8:30am – 4:00pm
Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis
1000 East Port Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

Registration will open at 8:00 am
Breakfast served from 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Workshop Presentation will begin at 8:30 am

Important information
* This is a free event
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* CPDU’s and Administrator Academy Credit is available
* Lunch will be provided
* Registration closes August 25, 2018
* Space is Limited


Registration can be found at the following link: Event Registration Page

Administrator Academy Credit Payment Directions
Payment will only be accepted at the door. You may either bring a check made payable to NSSEO (Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization) or you may bring (exact) cash. A receipt will be provided at the time of payment.
*Please note: Purchase orders will not be accepted*

For checking writing purposes only
NSSEO (Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization)
799 W Kensington Rd
Mt Prospect, IL 60056



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Auditing Existing Co-Teaching Programs: Changes for Student Success AA #1891- Region 2

Speaker Information

Lisa M. Harrod has been the Superintendent of Manteno Community Unit School District No 5 since July of 2013. She is a National Education Consultant who specializes in leadership, Co-Teaching, and systemic school reform. She works with school districts and Regional Offices of Education across Illinois to provide high quality professional development to educators. Her workshops are engaging and focus on practical strategies that educators can implement immediately. Lisa was a finalist for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year, was named Phi Delta Kappa International Educator of the Year in 2010, Phi Delta Kappa International Emergent Leader in 2008, and received the Steger School District Distinguished Educator Award in 2007. Lisa resides in Manteno with her wonderfully supportive husband, Jason, and her three young children Nathan, Connor, and Karlie.

This academy will focus on providing administrators with tools for continually auditing their existing co-teaching programs. Content will include providing participants with the research or models that promote student success in both the academic and social-emotional realms, and how to identify teaching strategies that promote mastery learning and a high level of engagement for all learners. The academy will contain a balance of lessons from the field, as well as a description of how to serve as a coach to provide critical support and feedback to teams. Participants will leave with the knowledge of the various models of co-teaching, how to design strategies for conflict resolution and how to accurately measure specific outcomes for district programs. Enhanced collaboration and parent communication will be discussed and specific examples will be provided to participants. Participants should be ready to discuss any current programs or plans to implement a co-teaching classroom or program.

Target Audience
Superintendents, Principals, Directors/Coordinators, Teachers

Event Information:

Region 2 Event

August 7, 2018
9:00am – 3:30pm

Rock Island Regional Office of Education
3430 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265

Cost: $50.00

Lunch is included in the $50.00 registration fee.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 – 3:30 Presentation/Training

An additional fee of $15.00 is required for anyone requesting the Administrator Academy Credit.
Checks for the $15.00 Administrator Academy Credit needs to be made payable to Rock Island County ROE and is only payable on-site.



Registration can be found at the following link: Event Registration Page

By registering for this event, you agree to the following: You are giving permission for the information which you have entered into the registration form to be printed on a participants’ list. The list may be distributed to the workshop/conference participants.

Each registrant receives an official name tag, a careful payment record, and entry into the participant list.
Further you understand that when you register for this event, you are making a commitment to attend the workshop as breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and materials have been purchased for you. If you cannot attend, you accept the responsibility to cancel with the conference registrar Connie Borowski at or (309) 438-1952 .

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Illinois Essential Employability Skills Webinar

The Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework is designed to define and clarify the essential employability skills and provide a standard for the state. Essential employability skills are those general skills that are required to be successful in all sectors of the labor market and are separate from the technical skills attained in career pathways or academic skills such as math and reading. The framework was developed through the collaboration of the Illinois Community College Board; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; representatives of Illinois businesses; local chambers of commerce; secondary, postsecondary and adult educators and professionals; and other important stakeholders.


The webinar was held on June 4, 2018

An archived version of the webinar and the materials provided can be found at the following links:

Essential Employability Skills Framework Presentation

Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework Archived Webinar


The full text of the Essential Employability Skills Framework and self-assessment guide can be Found below:
Essential Employability Skills Framework


Fillable form versions of the self-assessment forms are also available at the following links:

Fillable Program Self-Assessment Form

Fillable Classroom and Activity Self-Assessment

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State Partner Training for the LWIA Realignment Project

A recording of the State Partner Training for the LWIA Realignment Project online meeting from 5/11/18 can be accessed at the following link.  Please note that due to the size of the video file it has been archived as a zip file.  To access the video, you will need to decompress the file by left clicking on the folder and selecting the extract option.  If you have any questions please contact

State Partner Training for the LWIA Realignment Project Archived Meeting Video

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