ICE Conference

Event Description

The ICE Conference is a teaching and learning conference that attracts educators, educational leaders, and pre-service teachers from PreK – Higher Ed. The conference engages educators from across the Midwest in an exploration of pedagogical strategies and resources connected to instructional technology. Districts, schools, classrooms, and libraries will all gain valuable insights at one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences. In fact, last year was our biggest conference ever as over 5,000 unique visitors joined us at #ICE19.

#ICE19 will showcase nationally recognized speakers as well as more than 400 informative sessions and workshops. Over 170 corporate sponsors & exhibitors will also be on-site showing their support for the ICE Conference and technology in education.

After a successful transition last year, the ICE Conference will again be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. We received a lot of positive feedback and will continue to work towards making #ICE19 even better. We hope that you will join us!

State Board to host Q&A events on new flexibility for school districts to define instructional days

The following press release originally appeared on the Illinois State Board of Education website on November 20, 2018.

SPRINGFIELD – School districts in Illinois now have maximum flexibility to define instructional days based on what will improve outcomes for students. The Illinois State Board of Education will host a series of public Q&A events for educators, parents, families, and school and district leaders to ask questions and share successes and challenges in using this flexibility afforded in state law.

Public Act 100-0465, also known as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, made sweeping changes to education funding in Illinois when it became law on Aug. 31, 2017. The law changed the basis of state funding to student enrollment, rather than attendance. The act resulted in the sunsetting of Section 18-8.05 of the School Code, which had defined a day of attendance as a minimum of five instructional hours. Funding schools based on enrollment provides school districts the resources and flexibility to support all students, especially those most in need of support to access educational opportunities.

Students learn in a variety of ways and settings. ISBE encourages districts, school boards, and collective bargaining units to work together to innovate new ways of teaching and learning that center on competencies and mastery of subject matter – anywhere and anytime.

ISBE released guidance, available at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Instructional-Day-Memorandum.pdf, on Nov. 9 to assist school districts in using this flexibility.

WHAT: Opportunity for educators, parents, families, and school and district leaders to ask questions of ISBE and share successes and challenges in locally defining an instructional day, based on what will improve student outcomes
WHO: Hosted by ISBE Acting Chief Education Officer Ralph Grimm, other ISBE executive staff, and local regional superintendents
 

WHEN/
WHERE:

All events 4-6 p.m.

  • Dec. 3 at Rooney Elementary School, 4900 Columbus Road, Quincy
  • Dec. 4 at Carbondale High School, 1301 E. Walnut Street, Carbondale
  • Dec. 5 at Silas Willard Elementary School, 460 Fifer Street, Galesburg
  • Dec. 6 at DuPage County Regional Office of Education, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton
  • Dec. 10 at Williams Elementary, 1901 S. Ninth Street, Mattoon