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Forum for Excellence



The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education (AE) professional development event.  The Forum is designed to highlight educational initiatives and effective practices impacting career pathway implementation and expansion.  Sessions are selected by ICCB and serve as a launch to the year’s professional development delivered through the Professional Development Network. The Forum for Excellence is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC), and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC).

Target Audience:
Postsecondary and Secondary Administrators (including but not limited to: EFE System Directors, Superintendents, Principals, Postsecondary Perkins Directors/Coordinators, Adult Education Administrators/Coordinators, Deans, Chief Academic Officers, ABE/ASE/ESL Instructors, etc.)

Event Information

Date and Location:

September 24-25, 2019
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761


Tentative Mini Schedule:
*Pre-Conferences on Monday, September 23, 2019*
Adult Education Administrators’ Meeting for Regions III & IV
(Adult Education programs only)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ICCB State Adult Education staff will host an Adult Education Administrators’ meeting to provide comprehensive updates concerning WIOA implementation, data and accountability, curriculum and instruction, and professional development.

Postsecondary Perkins Administrator Cohort
(Postsecondary Perkins programs administrators and coordinators only)
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Illinois Community College Board Career and Technical Education team and the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support will host a Perkins Administrator Cohort meeting to provide updates on the potential Perkins re-authorization, GATA, and upcoming professional development.

Forum for Excellence Conference
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm Reception (Marriott Hotel)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8:30am – 2:00pm

Registration is Now Open!

You can register at the following link:
Forum for Excellence Registration Page

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations/refund requests must be submitted in writing. Only requests received by September 10, 2019 will receive a refund minus a $10.00 cancellation fee. Email your cancellation to Connie Borowski at An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the email of the person who filled out this form. If you do not receive this confirmation immediately, please contact Connie Borowski at (309) 438-1952 or

Request for Presentations

If you are interested in delivering a session at the event please see the request for presentations in the following link:
2019 Forum for Excellence RFP
Deadline to submit is June 7, 2019