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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*

Exploring What is Allowable Under Perkins V: EDGAR
(administrators and coordinators)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
At the intersection of “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (Perkins V, Public Law 115-224), the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and the Uniform Grand Guidance (UGG) is “The Comprehensive Guide to the Federal Role in Career & Technical Education” by Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. This session is designed for postsecondary CTE administrators to assist in the navigation and implementation of Perkins V.

Postsecondary Perkins Administrator Cohort
(Postsecondary Perkins programs administrators and coordinators only)
12:15 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.

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.

Forum for Excellence Conference
Tuesday, September 23, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm

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

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

A tentative agenda can be found here:
2019 Forum Program and Schedule

A link to a recording of the webinar “Tips & Tricks for the Forum App” can be found here:
Tips & Tricks for the Forum App


Registration is Now Open!

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

No refund requests will be honored after 9/12/19