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

AA 593 - Identification and Provision of Services for the Special Education Students

Date: February 5, 2020

Presenter: Brandon Wright

Location: Jacksonville, IL 

Venue: Garrison School, 936 W Michigan Avenue

Cost: $150

Register on-line at under the Professional Development Tab.

AA 593 -This course is designed to give the special education administrator legal knowledge and best practices regarding special education eligibility, procedures, methodology, implementation of IEP's, and discipline of the special education student. 

AA 3700- Administrators Guide to the Fundamentals for Health Life Safety and Compliance

Date: February 19. 2020

Presenters: Ralph Grimm and Patrick Durley

Location: Quincy             

Venue: tba

Cost: $150

Register: 8:00am 

8:30 start

End 3:30

AA 3700 - What You Get: Numerous useful documents and activities to assist in developing a useful/practical understanding and in-depth working knowledge of the “Ins and Outs” of these required processes.

  • Get all stakeholders on the same page, and develop a better understanding and practical working knowledge of the systems
  • Useful “takeback” summary and guidance documents, and handbooks to help make sense of things
  • Deep dive into your current 10-year surveys and IWAS
  • Make sense of items, forms, processes, and requirements
  • Walk away with beneficial tools and a deeper working knowledge of HLS, Building Permitting, 10-year Survey, Compliance, and Amendment processes
  • Networking session and a listserve will be built for Facility Managers and Head Custodians
  • Activities directly related to familiarization and understanding of HLS & Compliance handbooks and requirements
  • A means to communicate with your constituents to improve their understanding of the whys, cans, and can not’s of what you do or don’t do
  • Administrator Academy Credit or Professional Learning Credit Hours

Summary: This is an activity and collaboration-filled Academy. The purpose of this course is to provide Administrators and other school personnel with an in-depth look, and discovery into, topics related to Health Life Safety and Compliance. You will gain a better understanding of all things related to the processes and also will build a Facility Manager network for collaboration.

AA 1865 - Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Principal Evaluators

Date: March 10, 2020

Presenter:  Jill Reedy

Location: Quincy, IL 

Venue: Board of Education Room 231

Cost: $150

AA 1865 - The Academy focuses on a high rate of interrater reliability using the required performance evaluation ratings. Using case studies, the participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to rate the principals. 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. Participants will prepare targeted professional development, in a collaborative and supportive way, plans that consider past results and contribute 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 evaluation plan will be to communicate the outcomes and findings in such a manner that the principals and assistant principals set goals for improvement. The participants own personal bias will be analyzed while making these decisions.

AA 1801 - Gathering Evidence and Teacher Conferencing Strategies 

Date: June 9, 2020

Presenter: Patrick Durley

Location: Jacksonville, IL 

Venue:  TBD

Cost: $150

AA 1801 - This course will allow participants to learn effective skills and strategies for using Charlotte Danielson's Frameworks in a summative setting in order to more effectively: 1. Identify evidence at the component/element level during formal and informal observations; 2. Use evidence to effectively rate staff on the levels of performance for each domain; 3. Acquire strategies to support effective collaborative conferencing around formal and informal observations; and 4. learn techniques, strategies and protocols to use when conferencing with staff.

AA 1451  - Teacher Evaluation Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Teacher Evaluators

Date: June 15, 2020

Presenter:  Patrick Durley

Location: Jacksonville, IL 

Venue:  TBD

Cost: $150

AA 1451 - Administrators who evaluate teachers must demonstrate a high rate of inter-rater reliability, and communicate evaluation outcomes in constructive and supportive ways. Administrators who evaluate teachers must also recognize and control for bias when conducting an evaluation and determining results. School districts in Illinois must provide professional development to administrators to strengthen these skills on a sustained basis. This course focuses on Domains 1 and 4, and is intended to move administrators who have passed the ISBE evaluator training, and who are very familiar with Charlotte Danielson's 2011/2013 Framework for Teaching, from compliance to competency. This course requires participants to pre-conference, record data according to the Professional Practice rubric, and participate in mock pre/post conferences as evaluator, teacher, or observer. Participants will also be expected to have a high degree of inter-rater reliability when they determine a final rating based on the evidence gathered for Domains 1 and 4. This course is one in a series of three courses focusing on teacher evaluator competency requirements.          

AA 3000, 3001, 3002 - Principal / Teacher Evaluation Retraining Student Growth

Date: June 17, 2020

Presenter: Carol Frericks

Location: Quincy, IL 

Venue: TBD

Cost: $150

AA 3000 - This is one required student growth retraining course for teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. 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. NOTE: Participants will have one week following the Academy to complete their A/D Component and send their completed E-Template to the presenter for review and comment.

AA 2001 - Teacher Evaluator Initial training

Date: August 4th & 5th, 2020

Presenter: Julie Stratman

Location: Quincy, IL 

Venue: TBD

Cost: $150

AA 2001 - This two-day academy 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). This training has been designed to assist participants in developing knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective teacher evaluation, and has been built around these competencies.

Teacher Evaluation Certification Renewal Information

The state has released the following information regarding the process for teacher evaluator retraining. Information regarding principal evaluator retraining will be forthcoming.

Evaluators who have taken the initial evaluator training (Growth Through Learning Modules or district-developed) must complete retraining "once within the next renewal cycle"(105 ILCS 5/24A-3). The chart below provides a guide for determining when retraining must be completed.  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.

Sample Scenarios for First Retraining --  Renewal Cycle Date of Retraining

As a teacher evaluator, if I took the initial training in 2012 and renewed my license by July 1st, 2013.  My retraining must be completed by June 30th, 2018.

As a teacher evaluator, if I renewed my license by July 1st, 2014.  My retraining must be completed by June 30th, 2019.

As a teacher evaluator, if I renewed my license by July 1st , 2015, My retraining must be completed by June 30th, 2020

As a teacher evaluator, if I renewed my license by July 1st, 2016  My retraining must be completed by June 30th, 2021

As a teacher evaluator, if I renewed my license by July 1st, 2017 My retraining must be completed by June 30th, 2022

Administrator Academy Coordinator
Paul Saunders