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


February 7, 2023
AA 3835
Frameworks for Successful Technology Integration in Schools
Lisa Schwartz & Ben Sodengrath

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

Districts that have success with technology integration have done so through planning and alignment to district goals. To ensure consistency and equity throughout classrooms, it is important to implement a technology framework that aligns with district goals andallows teachers to integrate technology at the stage they are most comfortable at.

This academy introduces participants to several research-based frameworks that are used with technology integration: SAMR, TPACK, Triple E Framework, and the Four Shifts.

Participants will examine and assess each framework to determine which aligns with their district’s vision and mission. Participants will also be asked to confer with stakeholders to determine if a technology framework is needed and if so create a timeline for implementation which includes how staff will be trained in the framework adopted by the district. Participants should obtain access to their district School Improvement Plan prior to beginning the academy.

Feb. 23, 2023                                                                                     
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 23, 2023                                                                                   
AA 1865
Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building
Patrick Durley

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 13, 2023                                                                                     
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.

April 25, 2023
Dialogue Is The Difference: Lead Crucial Conversations
Katie Algrim: Director of Innovative Professional Learning
6.5 PD Hours
Kane County Regional Office of Education
Holiday Inn in Quincy, Il

REGISTER by calling Priscilla McElroy at 217.277.2080.

This course provides educators strategies and skills to effectively disagree rather than avoid or ignore conflict. Educators will turn disagreement into dialogue for improved relationships and results. Participants will apply, practice, discuss, and reflect on the 9 powerful skill sets to master dialogue.
*Lunch on your own.

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