IASA Daily News Briefs
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Process your IASA Membership Dues Today!
The 2013-2014 IASA membership drive is officially underway. Renewal invoices have been sent to all members for processing dues. For your convenience, membership dues can be processed as follows:
Dues must be received by August 1 in order to be included in the 2013-2014 IASA Membership Directory. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Stephanie Price at 217.753.2213.
Leadership Matters-May 2013
CTBA's Annual Fiscal Symposium Announced
"Tough Choices for Tough Times: Solutions for Illinois' Well Being" is scheduled for June 4, 2013, at the The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court in Chicago. The symposium will cover major issues confronting Illinois today, with an emphasis on concrete solutions for change. Join the panelists for a lively discussion on the interplay between adequately funding basic services and ways to create a sustainable economic future for the state.
Keynote speakers include, Senate President John Cullerton and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
Panelists: Honorable Pamela Althof, R-32, Chairperson, Senate Republican Caucus, Honorable Toi Hutchinson, D-40, Chairperson, Senate Revenue Committee, Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Philip Nelson, President, Illinois Farm Bureau
April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election Referendum Results
Transportation Proration Calculator
The state budget process is long from over, but one funding line the Governor proposed to prorate significantly is Regular and Vocational Transportation Reimbursement. This has been a target for several years and his proposal to prorate funding at 20% will have critical consequences if implemented.
Download a spreadsheet that will help you calculate what the impact might be. This will compare your prior year reimbursement with a 20% pro-ration for the same year.
The first tab contains instructions and data entry is in tab 2.
You are encouraged to do these calculations ASAP and then communicate the potential impact to your legislators.
A special thank you to Illinois ASBO for providing this information.
Dr. Voltz's Ed Leadership Thoughts
Updated Wednesday, May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013 Issue
RV’s Recommendations for Weighting Components of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching
When I train school administrators on using the Danielson Frameworks for Teaching (FFT) I am often asked how to score (rate) the professional practice of teaching. A good place to start this discussion is the ISBE model process for summative rating. This model system has been created and published already and is on the ISBE/PEAC website at http://www.isbe.state.il.us/PEAC/default.htm The following is information copied from the website: Read more
Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC)
In 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), which requires all schools in Illinois to change how teachers’ and principals’ performance is measured. PERA requires districts to design and implement performance evaluation systems that assess teachers’ and principals’ professional skills as well as incorporate measures of student growth.
The IASA, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) have developed the Illinois Schools Employee Benefits Consortium (ISEBC) that includes a proprietary fully insured, comprehensive group health insurance plan that will offer member school districts the opportunity to provide employees health benefits at affordable prices.Details of the program were included in the March 4, 2013, issue of Leadership Matters.
The IASA is pleased to release the new Superintendent's Toolkit, a collection of issue papers regarding some of the hottest legislative issues facing public education in Illinois as well as suggested talking points and sample letters for communications issues superintendents may face.
We are pleased to post the video presentations from last week's Leadership Week. Please click on any of the links below to view the videos, which are also saved in the IASA Video Library.
IASA to launch Vision 20/20 initiative
Many times statewide organizations are best known for what they oppose rather than those things for which they stand. When it comes to educating children, the IASA has always tried to be proactive. The IASA Board of Directors in November overwhelmingly supported a proposal to move forward with a “visioning” process to develop a long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois.
AASA Governing Board – Illinois Election Results
The AASA Governing Board election ballots for the IASA Northeastern Super Region were counted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, superintendent of Des Plaines CC #62, who was elected to represent the IASA Northeastern Super Region on the AASA Governing Board. Dr. Westerhold will begin serving her three-year term as an Illinois representative on the AASA Governing Board on July 1, 2013.
Illinois holds five seats on the AASA Governing Board. The representatives for each Super Region are:
IASA Northcentral Super Region
Daniel F. Marenda, Superintendent – La Salle #122 (Term expires 6/30/2014)
IASA Northeastern Super Region
Dr. Catherine M. Finger, Superintendent - Grayslake Comm#127 (Term expires 6/30/2015)
Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, Superintendent - Hazel Crest #152-5 (Term expires 6/30/2014)
Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, Superintendent - Des Plaines CC #62 (Term expires 6/30/2016)
IASA Southern Super Region
Dr. Gary Kelly, Superintendent - DuQuoin #300 (Term expires 6/30/2014)
AASA Executive Committee
Dr. David R. Schuler, Superintendent - Township HS #214(Term expires 6/30/2014)
Thank you to the following representatives who have served on the AASA Governing Board and have terms expiring on June 30, 2013:
Dr. Christine M. Benson, Superintendent – Streator Elem #44
David W. Messersmith, System Director - Western Area Career System
Welcome to IASA's temporary website. This site includes all of our basic information and will be updated daily. We will utilize this site for the next few months while our new, permanent website is being developed. Thanks for your patience during the development of our new site.
Dr. Brent Clark
IASA Executive Director
Dr. Rich Voltz's Ed Leadership Thoughts