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


April 13, 2023                                                                                     
AA 1801
Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing Using the Danielson Model
Patrick Durley
8:30am via Zoom

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 14, 2023
AA #1445
An Introduction to Effective Coaching for Principal Evaluation
Scott Kuffel
In-Person training - Location to be determined


This course will offer superintendents and principals a framework for facilitative and instructional coaching to be used with building principals and teachers’ evaluation effectiveness and impact. Leaders will learn essentials of leadership coaching to be used to enhance the performance evaluation process, which ultimately is designed to improve educational effectiveness.

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

Administrator Academy Coordinator
Julie Stratman