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Education Leaders Fall Conference

General Session

Conference App

The official IPA Education Leaders Fall Conference event app is now live! Registered attendees can view other registered attendees, check out the agenda (including small group sessions), explore exhibitors and sponsors, and get vital information about fall conference!

Conference Preview Piece

Download a copy of the Fall Conference Preview Piece here.  All Small Group Sessions; General Sessions and the Exhibit will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. 

Conference Registration

Registration Form

Register Online (must pay with a credit card - will save 10%)

Full Package - $359 IPA Members (early bird rate); $539 Non Members
One Day Registration fees are available as well as for Aspiring Administrators.

Contact with questions.

Exhibit and Sponsor Information

Exhibits will take place on Monday, October 17 - 7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Exhibit Fees
$479 - Booth Fee (IPA Corporate Member)
$719 - Booth Fee (non-member)

Exhibit & Sponsor Brochure

Online Floorplan (Purchase your booth online and save 10%)

General Session Speakers

First General Session - Monday - October 17, 2016 - 9:00 - 10:20 a.m.

"Teaching and Learning in an Age of Abundance" by Will Richardson, Speaker/Consultant/Writer/Learner/Parent, Delaware River, New Jersey

Will Richardson

Two trillion webpages.  Two billion people connected online.  Over 600,000 apps. 1.2 billion smartphones.

In just over a decade, we've gone from a world where access to information, knowledge, and teachers was relatively scarce to a world where all of those are absolutely abundant.  That fact dramatically changes the way we think about education and what the kids in our schools will need to survive and flourish in a fast changing, networked and connected world.

In this session, we will explore the shifts from scarcity to abundance as they apply to learning, thinking deeply about ourselves as learners along the way.  How do our expectations of literacy change when the unedited sum of human knowledge is at our fingertips?  How do we connect with others to create real work that adds to that knowledge base and changes the world for the better?  How do we deal with the transparency required to make the best of public learning spaces online?  And more.

Educating for abundance means that instead of becoming college or career ready, our students need to be learning ready, able to fully take advantage of all they now have access to and develop their own paths to an education and work.  This will fundamentally change the way you think about education and schooling, and will start you down a new path of deep, connected, modern learning for yourself and your students.

Second General Session - Monday, October 17, 2016 - 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Awards for Excellence, IPA President's Address, and the State of Education in Illinois

Tony Smith

At this session, outstanding individuals in the field of education with IPA's prestigious Awards for Excellence and the John Ourth and Dr. Fred Singleton Scholarships will be presented.  Paula Crane will present the President's Address and State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith will share thoughts on the state of education in Illinois.

Third General Session - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"The Immortality of Influence" Salome Thomas-El, Head of School, Thomas Edison Charter School, Wilmington, DE

Salome Thomas-El

Thomas-El uses practical, real-world examples to present the universal methods he has so successfully used to help his students achieve their dreams.  He famously began a chess club - the Mighty Bishops - to teach his students at an early age to think critically and to resolve conflict with their minds instead of their fists.  Not only did his students win national championships and become local heroes among their peers, they also scored high on the SAT which got them into colleges and universities.  Thomas-El found himself faced with kids who weighed more than he did, so he started a simple summer program where the students walked to museums and other cultural events around the city; those who exercised felt better about themselves and in turn became better students.  Citing the importance of exposing his students to the world outside of their own sometimes troubled community, he tells of taking 15 of his African American kids to rural Vermont, where they interacted with white children their age and discovered how much they had in common.  All of these students were later accepted to magnet high schools. 

Based on his book, The Immortality of Influence, this keynote speech is a refreshing, commonsense roadmap to helping kids achieve their dreams, not only for parents and educators but for everyone who knows that just one person really can make a difference.

Golf Tournament

You are invited to participate in the annual Illinois Principals Association Golf Tournament scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2016 at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.  The tournament is a preliminary activity to the Fall Conference.  Here is the registration form.  Deadline to register Friday, October 7, 2016.  Questions:  Contact tournament chairman, Gary Brauns: 618-410-4662 or .

Hotel Information

Wyndham City Centre - 217-789-1530
700 E Adams St, Springfield
IPA Rate: $99 plus tax
Reservation Cutoff:  September 23, 2016
Online Reservations

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - 217-544-8800
701 E Adams St, Springfield
IPA Rate: $99 plus tax
Reservation Cutoff: September 23, 2016

Springfield - Things To Do

Visit the Springfield Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website to find things to do in Springfield.

Welcome Reception

Enjoy the Welcome Reception held at the President Abraham Lincoln Museum!

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