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Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Roundtable

The Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity hosted a Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Roundtable in Springfield on March 12-13, 2019. This event offered an opportunity for local area Trade case managers and administrators to interact with state staff from IDES and DCEO, LWIA peers, and U.S. Department of Labor Region 5 Regional TAA and TRA Lead, Jason Hudson. Discussions included national and regional updates, DOL/DCEO technical assistance, Trade case management, Trade Rapid Response, and IWDS entries.

Target Audience
The roundtable was designed for LWIA Trade case managers and administrators responsible for the delivery of Trade Act benefits and services at the local level.

Event Information

March 12, 2019
9:30 AM -4:30 PM
March 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Event Documents:

IWDS Trade Survey

01 – Trade Adjustment Roundtable Agenda

02 – WIOA Training – IDES

03 The RTAA Saga – IDES

04 – UI TRA Benefit years – IDES

05 – IDES Adjust Screen Presentation

06 – IWN Presentation Trade Resources March 2019 FINAL


08 – DCEO Updates March 2019 Roundtable

09 – Bi-Weekly Attendance Sample Case Notes

10 – Merit Staff Approval Request Email Formats

11 – 7 Conditions Sample

12 -TAA TABE 11/12 Presentation

13 – TABE 11/12 Grade Equivalency Charts

14 – TABE 11/12 Individual Profile Report

15 – Illinois Employment and Business System Overview

16 – Chapter 11 Case Management During Training

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Navigating the Transition Years for Individuals with ASD: Resources for entering the workforce and postsecondary education

As the number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, many students with ASD are now graduating from high school and entering the workforce and higher education classrooms. Come learn about resources available to support the transition.

Event Information:

This webinar was held on Thursday, March 7, 2019.


Archived Webinar (link navigates to the webinar housed on YouTube)

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School Law Update: English Learners and Special Education – Region 1

In this morning session, Brandon K. Wright of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd. will explore one of the major topics emerging in special education law evolving in 2019: English learner students. Participants will spend time learning about recent cases and agency guidance affecting how educators program for English learners, including evaluation requirements, meaningful parental participation, and proper IEP services consistent with state and federal guidelines.

Target Audience
Building and district administrators, both general and special education

Event Information

Region 4 SELA Representative: – Elizabeth DeGruy, Ed.D. –

April 15, 2019
8:30am – 12pm
Mellon Building
703 S. New Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Important Information
* There is a $10.30 registration fee payable by credit card at the end of this registration process (checks/purchase orders are not accepted)
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Registration closes April 10, 2019
Space is Limited
Registration opens at 8:00am
Presentation/Training will begins at 8:30am

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. If you cannot attend, you accept the responsibility to cancel with the conference registrar, Connie Borowski at or (309) 438-1952.

Refund requests will be honored until 11:59pm on 4/10/19

For registration visit the following link:

IAASE Region 4 – English Learners in Special Education

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Summit 2019

The Illinois WIOA Summit 2019 was hosted by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and other WIOA partners. This Summit capitalized on the momentum of WIOA implementation activities, regional professional development workshops, and the partnerships strengthened by the last WIOA Summit to provide training and networking opportunities for WIOA partners. This Summit provided high level guidance on implementing service integration and innovative practices related to policy.  Archived resources can be found below.

2 Day Summit Details
April 23 & 24, 2019
Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel
3000 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Archived Agenda

WIOA Summit Program

Archived Conference Materials

Plenary Sessions:

Service Integration – An Overview

Moving from Isolation to Integration

Service Integration Day One Wrap-Up

Collaboration Among Partners: How Can We Work Together, the Meaning of Partnerships

Service Integration in 2020: Workforce Plans

Break Out Session One

Assessment:  A Key Component of Customer-Centered Design

Customer-Centered Design and the Integration Continuum

Effective Practices for Integrated Service Delivery

Integrated Title II  Adult Education to Meet Customer Needs

Perkins V and How it Relates to WIOA Partners

The Trials and Tribulations of Implementing WIOA

Break Out Session Two

Apprenticeship Expansion Grants and WIOA Integration

Building a Supportive and Accountable One-Stop Culture

Collaboration and Partnership with AJC and Business Partners – A Panel Discussion

Introduction to ICAPS/IET as Training Models

One-Stop Certification Process

Sector Strategies – Past, Present, and Future

Break Out Session Three

Braiding Funding and Leveraging Resources

Perkins as a Required Partner:  Sharing Innovation and Best Practices

Service Integration Self-Assessment

Tools to Assess Training Program Suitability

WIOA Innovations: Career Navigator 101

WIOA in Action, from Concepts to Reality – The Creation of the Career Navigator for Chicago Adult Education

Developing Partnerships to Strengthen the One-Stop Culture (Shared documents below)

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Top 10 Documents for Civil Rights in the Secondary System

The following documents have been created as a resource to help your Local Educational Authority understand civil rights requirements for grievance procedures, notices of nondiscrimination, and web accessibility.  These resources are useful at-a-glance guidance, but more information about civil rights requirements and the ISBE civil rights review process for the secondary system can be found at


Top 10 Tips for Grievance Procedures
Top 10 Tips for Notices of Nondiscrimination
Top 10 Tips for Web Accessibility

Please visit the following website for more information:

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Preparing Students with ASD for College and Career

As the number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, many students with ASD are now graduating from high school with the goal of entering postsecondary education and the workforce. Unfortunately, research indicates that most graduates with autism will have “a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose – working, continuing school, living independently, socializing and participating in the community, and staying healthy and safe. To complicate matters, many such youth begin their journey into adulthood by stepping off a services cliff” (Roux, et al, 2015, p. 8).  Part of this might be understood as resulting from the limited availability of appropriate services in adulthood. But some of the responsibility can be attributed to the limited or, at times, simply inadequate, transition programming provided by schools.

Join ICSPS for a day of exploring resources, discussing strategies and engaging in dialogue around supporting students with ASD as they transition to postsecondary and the workforce. This day long workshop will explore the Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) project – the resources that have been developed to be used by students with ASD, their family members, secondary and postsecondary educators and staff, employers, and members of the community, to better understand the transition process, the unique barriers faced by individuals with ASD, and to assist in working towards or providing equitable access in the workplace/postsecondary setting.


Event Information

April 26, 2019
9:30am – 2:30pm
Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 East Empire Street
Bloomington, IL 61704


Event Flyer:

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To register please use the link below:

Registration Page

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What is a Program of Study?

This Webinar will provide an overview on programs of study and the benefits they provide students.

Event Details
April 18, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To register for this webinar please visit the following link:
Webinar Registration Page


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Postsecondary Perkins Learning Community:

An informal learning community for Perkins administrators is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  If you wish to join please use the log in information below.  The schedule of upcoming topics is also provided below.


Log in info:

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3131

Access Code: 531-071-749


Upcoming Topics:


What is OCR and how does it affect me?

Natasha Allan from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will give a brief run through of what the Office for Civil Rights is and how it affects your institutions. She will also provide information on what a Civil Rights Review looks like and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.


On Demand Perkins Support

The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) in coordination with the ICCB, have created engaging videos on the topics of Permissible Uses of Funds, Budget Modifications, and Perkins Overview. Programs will be given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss valuable ways the videos can be used within their institutions.

4/30/19 (Fourth Tuesday to accommodate the PAC Meeting)

Unpacking the PAC Meeting

This discussion will be a follow up to the Perkins Administrator’s Cohort (PAC) Meeting and the release of the FY 2020 Perkins Guidelines. Programs will have the opportunity to ask questions, share best practices, and consider possible activities for the upcoming fiscal year.


Last minute troubleshooting for FY 2020 Perkins Plans

This call will allow one last opportunity for programs to discuss any lingering questions or concerns they may have before FY20 Perkins Plan submission the following week.


Benefits of the Advisory Committee Guidebook

The Advisory Committee Guidebook was created by ICSPS in coordination with the ICCB to provide guidance to CTE programs as they work to improve their advisory committees. This call will allow programs time to discuss how they have implemented ideas from the guidebook to enhance their advisory committees, share ideas on other tools that may be beneficial to continue expanding advisory committees, and share any concerns or questions they may have.


If you have any questions please contact Brittany Boston at

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Nontraditional Occupations: What is new for Perkins V

Join the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) for an informational webinars what is in store for NTO in Perkins V. Explore national trends, learn what other colleges are doing and how you can best support your NTO students.

Event Details:

April 25, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Archived Webinar:

Archived Webinar (Clicking this link will redirect to the ICSPS YouTube Page)
Presentation Slideshow

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Perkins V and Special Populations – What is on the Horizon?

The state is poised for a year of transition into Perkins V. What does this mean for special populations support? Participants in this webinar will learn how to engage the new identified populations in CTE, additional supports and services needed to aid their success, hurdles they may encounter, and what sets them apart from the other special populations.

Webinar Details:

March 12, 2019 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Archived Webinar:

The Webinar can be found at the following link (Please note clicking this link will take you to the ICSPS youtube page where the video is housed):

Archived Webinar

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