Friday, February 2, 2018

How to Register for WITcon18

Registration is OPEN for #WITcon18! Just take a quick moment to visit to sign up!

Our conference will run a little bit different this year. We are doing 2 full days on Thursday, June 14, from 9am-4pm, and Friday, June 15, from 9am-3pm, this year. The early-bird fee for these two days is still just $99, and you'll be eligible for up to 13 PD Credits!

NEW this year are several Pre-Conference sessions, held from 1-4pm on Wednesday, June 13. These are "deep dives" into special topics by regional experts. Learn more about the Pre-Conferences.

Help for Billy Book Study

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Join us in learning practical strategies that can be implemented the next day to respond to challenging behaviors that we are faced with in today’s classroom. The book study will be open to all, and time will be set aside for us to discuss and brainstorm solutions to the issues that you would like to see addressed related to student behaviors.

Two driving questions:

“What does the research say about brain development and trauma?”
“How can I respond as an educator?”

Notice there are two dates for each session listed as Session 1 - PM and Session 1 - AM.  The sessions will cover the same material, with the only difference being the discussion that happens, based on what is brought up by the group members.

Professional Learning Standards covered in these sessions:
Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.
Implementation: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long-term change.

Danielson: Domain 2

Presented by Jean Kilpatrick Ruebner, NBCT &
Matt Lingafelter, Steele Principal

All sessions held at Steele Elementary School

Register for WITcon18 Today!

We’re getting ready for another amazing summer PD experience with the 3rd Annual Whatever It Takes Conference! Make plans to join us at Lombard and Carl Sandburg College on June 14-15. This year we even have half-day Pre-Conference opportunities to explore on June 13!
We’re always looking for presenters - attend the conference for FREE by presenting just  one of your great ideas! Learn how HERE.

Learn more at, and stay up-to-date by following WITconference on Facebook or Twitter.
Check out these amazing keynote presenters!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Teaching Hope Book Study

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Back by popular demand!  Enjoy Teaching Hope by Erin Gruwell.

  • From Amazon: "Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a difference in the world around them."

Meetings are held Wednesdays, 4-5 pm, Room B-6 at Lincoln Education Center on the following dates: 
  • February 21, March 07, March 21, April 04, April 18, May 02
This book study will be led by Ashley Shinn, Western Illinois Reading Council & Nielson Elementary School. 

Up to 6 PD Credits available!

This book study is open to teachers in Galesburg CUSD 205 only.

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