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Student Records, Confidentiality, and Data Privacy: What Illinois Educators Need to Know AA#3661

Region 1 SELA representative: Christi Flores–

October 24, 2019
8:30am – 3:30pm
Chicago Southwest Marriott
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Breakfast and Lunch are included in the $100.00 registration fee.

The purpose of the Administrator Academy is to provide vital information to special education administrators and staff about the myriad of federal and state legal requirements related to student records, confidentiality, and data privacy in schools, as well has how these requirements apply to the context of special education policies, procedures, and practices. This Academy will offer intensive analysis of common, and some unusual, student records issues that arise in school districts and special education cooperatives and how they should be addressed.

Target Audience
General and Special Education Administrators.

Speakers for this event are Teri E. Engler, Cynthia Baasten, and Luis Rodriguez from Engler Callaway Baasten and Sraga, LLC.

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 NSSEO and is only payable on-site.
(For check writing purposes only NSSEO (Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization), 799 W Kensington Rd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056

To register please visit the following page: Registration Page

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Transitions Academy FY 20



 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 IET/ICAPS models, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study.  Thank you to those who attended and presented!

Event Information

The FY 20 Illinois Transition Academy event was held on August 7 & 8 in Effingham, Illinois.  Event information and archived materials can be found below:

Illinois Transitions Academy
August 7, 2019 ~ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
August 8, 2019 ~ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thelma Keller Convention Center
1202 N. Keller Drive
Effingham, IL 62401

Archived Resources

Setting the Vision
Developing a Quality ICAPS

Introduction to Logic Models

ICAPS Gap Analysis
Recap and Reveiw

Contextualization in ICAPS: Integrating Adult Ed Standards with Program Outcomes Webinar

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Special Education Law Update

Region 5 SELA representative: Quennetta Chambers-

August 30, 2019
9:00am – 3:00pm
Doubletree Hotel Collinsville/St. Louis
100 East Port Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

Important Information
This is a free event
Individual on-line registration is required
CPDU’s are available
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
Registration closes August 28, 2019
Space is Limited

As we begin the new school year, please join us and our guest speakers Michelle Todd and Bennett Rodick as they review with us the major changes in special education law. Issues will range from mandatory reporting, to new special education form requirements, to DACA and much more. Bring your questions and issues and expect a fun program. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to lower your legal risk (and attorneys’ fees).

Target Audience
This roundtable is targeted towards special education administrators who serve in the roles of directors, supervisors, coordinators, principals, assistant principals, or any special education leadership position.

To register please visit the following page: Registration Page

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ESLTP Spring Meeting

The following resources were provided to Early School Leaver Transitions Program Administrators in the ESLTP Spring meeting for 2019.

Archived Resources

ESLTP FY19 Spring Meeting Agenda

Event Slideshow

More information and resources can be found at the following website –

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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 community, and staying healthy and safe. To complicate matters, many such youth begin their journey into adulthood by stepping off a services cliff.”

Join ICSPS for a day of exploring resources and materials, discussing strategies, and engaging in dialogue around supporting students with ASD as they transition into postsecondary education and the workforce. This workshop will explore resources created by the Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) Project to build a better understanding of the transition process, the unique barriers faced by individuals with ASD, and to assist in working towards or providing equitable access in the workplace or postsecondary setting.


Nikki Michalak, ICSPS

Archived Resources

Event Agenda
Event Slideshow – The ATTA Project Webpage with numerous resources discussed over the course of the day.

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New (or Almost New) Special Education Administrator’s Roundtable

Region 6 SELA representative: Jill Keller-Weems –

August 23, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
Bennie’s Italian Foods
309 N. Market Street
Marion, IL 62959

Lunch is included in the $20.00 registration fee.
Tentative Agenda


During this Roundtable, new administrators will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with veteran administrators regarding the new IDEA requirements and legislative updates and their impact on special education. Participants will also engage in discussions regarding innovative transition curriculum and programs currently being implemented in special education that will allow students with special needs to gain and maintain employment. Additional topics for discussion include facilitated IEP, Assistive Technology, and Early Childhood/SIS Data Elements. Additionally, the timelines and process for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness and the Dynamic Learning Maps will be examined and an opportunity for questions will be provided.

Target Audience

This roundtable is targeted towards special education administrators who serve in the roles of directors, supervisors, coordinators, principals, assistant principals, or any special education leadership position.

To register please visit the following page: Registration Page

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Technical Math Webinar – Findings and Request for Technical Assistance

The Illinois Community College Board has contracted with Northern Illinois University to conduct research on technical math and provide technical assistance on effective practices. A sample of Illinois community colleges were interviewed in 2018 to learn about their technical math offerings, successes, and challenges. In an upcoming webinar, Kathleen Almy, Director for Transitional Math, will provide an overview the results including key findings, issues, best practices, and recommendations. Additionally, two math faculty from the Illinois community college system will be sharing the work they have done with technical faculty and administration to improve technical math instruction and offerings on their campuses. These instructors have been contracted to serve as resources for colleges that want to improve their technical math offerings. The contracted faculty will work with colleges as they request which can include calls, Zoom calls, and other additional work as needed to help institutions develop plans of action and execute them. If colleges are interested, contracted faculty will work to incorporate the new, free state-level technical math resources developed to support the PWR Act’s transitional technical math.

If you are interested in learning more about technical math, transitional technical math, or how you can gain assistance to improve your technical math offerings, please join us for this webinar on May 9. More information about the technical assistance, including the timeline and how to apply, will be shared on the webinar.

Archived Webinar

The archived webinar can be found at the ICSPS YouTube Page and accessed at the following link:

Archived Webinar (link redirects to YouTube)

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Eliminating Barriers Through Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Research shows that when teaching is responsive to diverse cultural norms of behavior and communication in the classroom, students have increased interest, motivation, persistence, and achievement. Responsive teaching is when educators relate content and instructional strategies to the cultural backgrounds of their students. Through a process of examination, reflection, and action, NAPE’s Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching Toolkit prepares educators to reach, teach, and maximize the success of every student.

Meagan Pollock, PhD Certified Equity Instructor, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

Intended Audience
• High School Academic or Career Counselors
• Community College Administrators responsible for recruitment and transitions
• CTE Deans, and Student Service staff
• Secondary and Postsecondary Perkins Professionals

Event Information:

May 23, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Archived Resources


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English Learners in Special Education and other Legal Updates:  What’s New and Noteworthy in Special Education for 2019

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! This workshop, presented by Brandon K. Wright of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., is specially designed for administrators, teachers, and other special education professionals who want a deeper dive into the emerging trends in special education law, specifically covering English Learners in special education, Section 504, managing behavior in the LRE, and other important updates. Come prepared for a lively and informative day, packed with plenty of opportunities for audience participation and targeted answers to your most pressing questions. By using case law from around the U.S., filtered through the lens of an experienced special education attorney, you will walk away with a renewed clarity about your legal obligations – and the confidence to keep focused on ensuring your district’s actions are legal, efficient, and effective!

Target Audience
Administrators, teachers, and special education professionals

Region 2 SELA Representative: – Christan Schrader. –

June 13, 2019
8:30am – 3pm
East Moline School District Administration Center
3451 Morton Drive
East Moline, IL 61244

Registration opens at 8:00am
Presentation/Training will begins at 8:30am

Important Information
* This is a free event
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Lunch is on your own
* CPDU’s are available
* Registration closes June 12, 2019


By registering for this event, you agree to the following:
I am giving permission for the information which I 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 and entry into the participant list.

I understand that when I register for this event, I make a commitment to attend the workshop. If I cannot attend, I accept the responsibility to cancel by June 6, 2019.

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Special Populations Symposium

Special Populations is a key component of Perkins V. The Special Populations Symposium is an opportunity for Career and Technical Education professionals to learn about the Perkins V Special Populations, and the innovative initiatives and activities that have been developed through the Leadership Grant Package – Supporting Students and Special Populations option. The Symposium featured equity experts and highlighted national resources related to serving students entering in to nontraditional occupations.

Target Audience
CTE Equity Professionals
Special Populations Coordinators
Perkins Administrators
Student Service Support Professionals

Event Details
June 4, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Archived Resources

Special Populations Symposium Agenda
Turn and Talk Questions
Introduction to Universal Design
Special Populations Support Grant Presentation – Joliet Junior College
Special Populations Support Grant Presentation – Triton College

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