Illinois Administrators' Academy Information

The Administrator Academy represents six counties in West Central Illinois (Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan, Pike and Scott). Its purpose is to provide meaningful and timely academies for administrators so they can:

  • stay current on issues
  • develop leadership skills
  • build capacity in their role
  • network with peers
  • complete state requirements for licensing

State law requires  administrators to participate in one academy every year (July 1 - June 30).  Failure to do so results in penalties for the administrator with increased academies in future years. If more than one academy is taken during a single year, the extra academies will automatically roll over into professional development hours.

Academies are held throughout the state and offered by groups including Regional Offices of Education, the Illinois Principals' Association, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators.  Participants may choose any academy at any site.

Please note that cancellation less than 48 hours prior to an Academy will result in a $50 charge to the participant. Thank you for your understanding. 

Upcoming Illinois Administrators' Academies

August 2 & 3, 2022                                                                        
AA 2001
Illinois Performance Evaluation: Teacher Evaluation Training
Patrick Durley
Location: TBD

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

This two-day training is designed for individuals who are seeking initial training qualification for teacher evaluation. This academy aligns to the competencies for Part 50, Section 50.420 (a-b). Participants will be able to use assessments and measurement models to determine student growth attributable to individual teachers. They will understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth. Participants will link teacher and professional development to evaluation results by using data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices related to student growth evaluation. Attendees will communicate evaluation findings in a constructive and supportive way that enable teachers to set goals and improve practice. Participants will understand sources of personal bias and learn to recognize and control bias when conducting an evaluation and determining results. In collaboration with teachers, participants will create targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and help teachers align professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals.

August 11, 2022                                                                                     
AA 593
Identification and Provision of Service to the Special Education Student
Brandon Wright, Attorney
Jacksonville, Illinois

REGISTER through under the professional development tab.

Flyer with details! 

Student behavior issues tend to be the most litigated, especially when they involve a change of placement to a more restrictive setting. From IEPs to behavioral intervention plans and functional behavioral assessments, Brandon Wright will point out the red flags associated with the IDEA's least restrictive environment requirement in the context of student behavior. In this workshop, Brandon details what the law and regulations say about behavior and how the case law has interpreted these requirements, focusing particularly on the new and newly proposed rules related to physical restraint, time out, and other behavioral interventions. And, in addition, you’ll learn how to prepare for other behavior-related issues, including restorative practices, continuing implementation of SB100’s discipline requirements, manifestation determinations, and the role of Section 504.

Jan 28, 2022                                                                                      ⊗ CLOSED    
AA 1801
Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing Using the Danielson Model
Patrick Durley

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

This course will allow participants to learn effective skills and strategies for using Charlotte Danielson’s Instructional Framework in an evaluation setting in order to more effectively: 1. Identify evidence at the component level during formal and informal observations; 2. Use evidence, with minimal bias, to effectively rate staff on the levels of performance for each component in domains 2 and 3; 3. Increase inter-rater reliability in all phases of the evaluation process; 4. Acquire strategies to support effective collaborative conferencing around formal and informal observations; and 5. Learn techniques, strategies, and protocols to use when conferencing with staff to promote improvement in instructional practice.

Feb. 28, 2022                                                                                      ⊗ CLOSED
AA 3000
Teacher and Administrator and Administrator Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth
Patrick Durley

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

This is the one required student growth retraining course for teacher and administrator evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate educators. Participants will learn how to: 1. Use assessments and measurement models identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth; 2. Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results; 3. Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/ principals in aligning professional development and goal setting to school improvement goals; and 4. Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/ principals to set goals and improve practice.

March 22, 2022                                                                                   ⊗ CLOSED
AA 1865
Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building
Jill Reedy

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

The administrative academy seeks to improve interrater reliability in the assignment of performance evaluation ratings for principals. Using case studies, participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to evaluate and rate principal performance. Participants will use data collected from the case studies and compare the data to best practices for evaluating principals and assistant principals. This data will also be analyzed to prepare administrative and school-level professional development plans. In a collaborative and supportive way, participants will prepare a targeted professional development plan that considers past results and contributes to professional and personal growth. This plan will be aligned to the school improvement plan. The instructional environment indicators will be analyzed. The purpose of the professional development plan is to communicate the outcomes and findings in such a manner that the principals and assistant principals set goals for improvement. Participants will analyze their personal biases while making these decisions.

April 9, 2022                                                                                ⊗ CLOSED     
AA 3704
Creating a Trauma-Informed School Culture
Kristy Ruggles

Link to register:

8am-4pm at the Knowledge Center at Chaddock - Quincy IL
Pre-work and post work will be expected

Within this training, strategies to develop a trauma informed approach at the organizational level will be explored. This training will focus on systems-level changes that school leaders can implement in order to enhance their programming for students with or without a trauma history. We will discuss the impact of trauma on learning, how to roll-out trauma-sensitive approaches with staff and how to review/revise policies and procedures to ensure that they reflect the needs of students impacted by trauma. Furthermore, we will briefly consider the impact that working with students who have experienced trauma can have on educators.

Teacher/Principal Evaluation Certification Renewal Information

The state has released the following information regarding the process for teacher/principal evaluator retraining. 

Evaluators who have taken the initial evaluator training (Growth Through Learning Modules or Teacher Evaluator Initial Training #2001 or Initial Administrator Evaluation Training) must complete retraining "once within the next renewal cycle"(105 ILCS 5/24A-3).  Please note that retraining is connected to the renewal cycle of the license (PEL).

Retraining will be offered through the Administrator's Academies. Retraining through the Administrator Academy structure will allow for the inclusion of teachers who have successfully completed initial evaluator training, but do not hold an administrator endorsement on their PEL. Two academies are required to meet the retraining requirement.  One will address teacher practice, and the other will address student growth. The academies neither need to be taken in any particular order, nor do they have to be taken together.

The year you take your initial training/s covers your requirement to evaluate for that 5 year renewal cycle.  When you renew and enter your next 5 year cycle, your refresher requirements kick in.

Teacher Evaluator
Professional Practice Student Growth
Choose one: Required:
Principal Evaluator
Professional Practice Student Growth
Required: Required:
#1865 #3000
Teacher/Principal Evaluator
Professional Practice Student Growth
Choose one: Required:

Administrator Academy Coordinator
Julie Stratman