October 12 & 13, 2012

27th Annual IEA-ESP Conference Doubletree, Oak Brook 1909 Spring Road Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-472-6000
Illinois Education Association-NEA

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

Directions to the Doubletree
FROM THE NORTH
I-294 South (Tri-State Tollway) to I-88 (West to Aurora).

Stay in the right hand lanes. This exit is very unforgiving for mistakes.
Exit I-88 at 83 North (Cermak Road) – 1st exit after toll booth. At stoplight (22nd Street/Cermak Road) continue straight onto Spring Road. At the 3rd light, the Doubletree will be on your right and the garage entrance is just a slight left into hotel driveway.

FROM THE SOUTH
I-294 South (Tri-State Tollway) to I-88 (West to Aurora). (Continue directions as per

From The North)

FROM THE EAST (DOWNTOWN CHICAGO)
I-290 West (Eisenhower Expressway) to I-88 (East-West Tollway to Aurora)

Exit I-88 at 83 North (Cermak Road) – 1st exit after toll booth. At stoplight (22nd Street/Cermak Road). (Continue directions as per

From The North)

I-355 FROM THE NORTH OR SOUTH OR I-88 FROM THE WEST
From either I-355 North or South, take I-88 exit (East to Chicago). Take I-88 East to Midwest Road Exit. (No Toll Attendant at Toll Booth.) At stoplight immediately past toll booth turn right onto Midwest Road. Go 100 yards on Midwest Road to 22nd Street (next light). Turn right onto 22nd Street, continue East to Spring Road (McDonald’s is on the Northeast corner). Turn left onto Spring Road. Two stoplights later you will see Doubletree on your right.

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Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

27th ANNUAL IEA-ESP CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Vickijo Almgreen, Technology Assistant, District 214, Region 43 Max Bochmann, IEA-Retired, West Suburban Retired Chapter Arlene Criglar, Paraprofessional, ESP Program, Illinois Education Association Vera Gill, Paraprofessional, SPEED, SEJA #802, Region 55 Carol Gunn, Special Program Coordinator, Early Learners, Elgin District U-46, Region 63 Ardeen Harris, High School Paraprofessional, Antioch CSD 117, Region 49 Robin Hastings, Medicaid Secretary, Tri-County Special Education Association, Region 2 Kathy Jesuit, Library Resource Associate, Schaumburg CC School District 54, Region 35 Kymeka Mitchell, Transportation, Oswego Community Unit School District 308, Region 65 John Piechocinski, Head Custodian, Plainfield School District 202, Region 61 Tina Pizzitola, Intervention Para educator, Elgin DUEA, Region 63 Debra Reuther, High School Registrar, Plainfield School District 202, Region 61 Holly Smigelski, Special Ed Paraprofessional, Special Ed Dist. of Lake County, Region 60 Jeri Stodola, Network Engineer, Naperville School District 203, Region 39 Judi Voller, IEA-Retired, Mid-Suburban Retired Chapter Debra Ward-Mitchell, Lead Teacher, Infant Care Center, Thornton TWP H.S. District 205, Region 27 Karen Westerman, Library Paraprofessional, Elgin District U-46, Region 63 Cathy Wyzykowski, Region 63 UniServ Director/ESP Director, Illinois Education Association

ESP Conference Planning Committee

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

Cinda Klickna, President, Illinois Education Association Audrey Soglin, Executive Director, Illinois Education Association 2012-2013 IEA-ESP COUNCIL
Kathy Jesuit, Chairperson Ardeen Harris, Vice-Chairperson Robin Hastings, South/Central Sectional Representative Carol Gunn, Northern/Central Sectional Representative Jeri Stodola, Suburban Sectional Representative Vacancy, South/Central Sectional Rep. Alternate Holly Smigelski, Northern/Central Sectional Rep. Alternate Irma Young, Suburban Sectional Rep. Alternate Debra Ward-Mitchell Carlene Miller Debra Reuther John Piechocinski Tina Pizzitola Vera S. Gill Kelli Hogan Steve Calabrese

Cathy Wyzykowski – IEA-ESP Program Director Arlene Criglar – IEA-ESP Program Paraprofessional Mary Burrus, IEA-ESP Program Associate Staff Pam Piecuch – Region 63/ESP Program Associate Staff
CONFERENCE SUPERVISORS SUPERVISORS Cathy Wyzykowski Arlene Criglar IEA PHOTOGRAPHERS Mark Ritterbusch Bob Ray REGISTRATION Judy Leonard Mary Burrus Arlene Criglar

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Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

SPECIAL NOTES:
Please read this page very carefully
There will be a registration fee of $50 per local registering. You may send as many members as you wish for this $50 fee. You will send IEA the $50 registration fee for each “local” registering. If you are staying overnight, you will also need to send $118.81 per night for the Doubletree Hotel. If you find that you are unable to make the conference, you will be responsible for canceling your overnight accommodations by calling Mary Burrus at 1-800-252-8076 at the Illinois Education Association a minimum of 72 hours before the conference. Otherwise you will be charged for your room and we will not be able to refund your money. The room rate at the Doubletree Hotel will be $109.00 plus tax of $9.81 for a total of $118.81. You may book from one to four individuals in a room for the $118.81. Please indicate on the registration form the name of the individuals in each room and the type of bedding desired – 1 King or 2 Double Beds (Rollways are not available). When you arrive at the hotel your room will be paid for, but you will be asked to give them a credit card for incidentals. Please make your hotel and conference reservations online. You may find the link on the IEA website (www.ieanea.org). The IEA has reserved a block of rooms for this conference and if we do not make our quota, the IEA will be penalized. Therefore, we need to get credit for all room reservations. When making your reservation please indicate the type of room you need and the IEA will make your hotel reservation. If you have questions or problems please call Judy Leonard at 1-217-321-2303. This is a non-smoking conference and a non-smoking hotel. Deadline for registration is October 5, 2012. This date is important in order that we have time to secure a hotel reservation for you, and to assure that we can place you in your 1st Choice Sessions. An electronic confirmation letter and further information will be sent to participants whose registration we receive no later than October 5, 2012. If you are registering online you will receive your confirmation by email. There will be no shortage of rooms with two double beds (double/double). If you assign yourself a roommate when you register you will automatically be given a double/double room.

Please register as early as possible to help us in our planning to make this conference the very best ever.

Notes 2012 ESP Fall Conference

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

SPECIAL NOTES CONTINUED: FRIDAY EVENING:
Registration will be held from 3:00-7:30 p.m. with a Dinner Buffet available from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up your Bingo cards at the registration table and to get them turned in before Brunch on Saturday. The sessions will end on Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. In addition, the IEA will be providing a FUN-FILLED GAME NIGHT AND CASH BAR from 9:00 p.m. - midnight for those of you who want to socialize and network.

SATURDAY MORNING:
Registration will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. There will be a LIGHT CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Sessions will start at 8:15 a.m. The Program will be during BRUNCH at 10:00 a.m. The Conference will end at 2:35 p.m.

YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK OUT OF YOUR SLEEPING ROOMS AFTER BRUNCH ON SATURDAY.

Notes 2012 ESP Fall Conference

TENTATIVE AGENDA
Friday Evening, October 12, 2012
3:00 – 7:30 p.m. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. REGISTRATION 1. Membership & Treasurer Training 2. Creating & Publishing Videos 3. President & Vice-President Leadership Training: Hit the Ground Running… 5 Secrets to Local Association Success 4. Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture 5. Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism 6. Social Media 7. Broad-based Organizing for Political Action and Issue Organizing –NEW DINNER 8. Para-Educators (Special Education), Middle School & High School Roundtable 9. Custodians/Maintenance Roundtable 10. Presidents/Vice Presidents Roundtable 11. Para-Educators, Early Childhood Elementary Education & Health Care 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Secretaries/Clerical Roundtable Transportation Roundtable Technology/Librarians Roundtable Food Service Roundtable Safety & Security within a School Setting Roundtable Para-Educators (Special Education), Early Childhood & Elementary Roundtable

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Roundtable

Saturday Morning, October 13, 2012
REGISTRATION LIGHT CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 18. Association Rep. Training 19. Online Surveys 20. Data-Driven Bargaining & Operations Support for Custodial/Maintenance Units 21. Membership & Treasurer Training [Repeat of Friday session] 22. ESPs Preparing for Retirement-NEW 23. McKinney-Vento Homeless Law and You-NEW 24. Diversity-NEW 25. Job Descriptions and Evaluation-NEW 26. Paraprofessional Licensure-NEW 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. BRUNCH PROGRAM/SPEAKERS – Bingo Winners Announced!! 11:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. 27. Advanced Excel-NEW [Double Sessions] 28. Practical Interventions to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 29. Grievance Processing 30. Signing 11:45 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. 31. Living Wage 32. Workers’ Compensation 33. Where’s The Money, Bargaining Research 34. Response to Intervention (RtI) 35. Special Education: How Does it Make YOU Feel? 36. Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture-[Repeat of Friday session] 37. Sexual Harassment-NEW 38. NEA Member Benefits Jeopardy!-NEW 1:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 39. 2012 Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Update 40. Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism-[Repeat of Friday session] 41. Social Media-[Repeat of Friday session] 42. Preventing Outsourcing 43. Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done…NEA Bylaw 3-1(g)-NEW 44. ESP and Legal Issues 7:00 a.m. 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

2012 IEA-ESP Fall Conference Friday, October 12, 2012
Location (Tentative)
Grand A

Session 1 4:00 - 6:00 pm
#5-Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism

Session 2 7:00 - 9:00 pm
#12-Roundtable—Secretaries/Clerical

Grand B

#2-Creating & Publishing Videos #6-Social Media #3-President & Vice President Leadership Training: Hit the Ground Running…5 Secrets to Local Association Success #1-Membership & Treasurer Training

#9-Roundtable--Custodians/Maintenance

Grand C

#13-Roundtable—Transportation

Hunt

#10-Roundtable—Presidents/Vice Presidents

Kent

#8-Roundtable— Para-Educators (Special Education), Middle School & High School

York

#4-Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture

#11-Roundtable—Para-Educators, Early Childhood Elementary Education & Health Care

Essex

#7-Broad-based Organizing for Political Action & Issue Organizing

#17-Roundtable—Para-Educators (Special Education), Early Childhood & Elementary

Camden

#14-Roundtable—Technology/Library #15-Roundtable—Food Service IEA Executive Committee Meeting #16-Roundable – Safety & Security Within a School Setting

Butterfield Cermak Ogden Windsor Harger Spring

Minority Caucus – 9:00 p.m.

2012 IEA-ESP Fall Conference Saturday, October 13, 2012
Location (tentative)
Grand A

Session 3 8:15 - 9:45 am
#20-Data-Driven Bargaining & Operations Support for Custodial/Maintenance Units #19-Online Surveys #21-Membership & Treasurer Training (Repeat of Friday session) #18-Association Rep Training

Session 4 11:45 am – 1:05 pm

Session 5 1:15 - 2:35 pm

#29-Grievance Processing (Double Session)

Grand B

#27-Advanced Excel (Double Session)

Grand C

#30-Signing (Double Session)

Hunt

#28-Practical Interventions to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Double Session)

Kent

#22-ESPs Preparing for Retirement-NEW

#31-Living Wage

#38-NEA Member Benefits Jeopardy!-NEW #40-Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism (Repeat of Friday session) #41-Social Media (Repeat of Friday session)

York

#24-Diversity-NEW

#33-Where’s The Money: Bargaining Research

Essex

#25-Job Descriptions & Evaluation-NEW

#34-Response to Intervention (RtI)

Camden

#23-McKinney-Vento Homeless Law and You-NEW

#32-Workers Compensation

#39-2012 IL Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Update

Butterfield Cermak

#26-Paraprofessional Licensure-NEW IEA Executive Committee Meeting #36-Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture (Repeat of Friday session) #43-Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done... NEA Bylaw 3-1(g)-NEW #42-Preventing Outsourcing

Ogden

Windsor Harger Spring

#35-Special Education: How Does It Make You Feel?

#37-Sexual Harassment-NEW

#44- ESP & Legal Issues

ESP Conference Guest Speaker

Alex Wallace
Alex began his career as a state law enforcement officer in 1971 and was a member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union. He served as AFSCME State Director. Alex came to Illinois Education Association in 2003 and is very active. He is now a NEA Director. He was the first elected ESP State NEA Director. Alex is on the IEA Board of Directors. Presently, he serves as the President of the Oswego Transportation Association in School District 308-Oswego. He is a member of the IEA Steering Committee. He was a delegate for the 2012 IEA-RA and NEA-RA. His leadership accomplishments within IEA are too numerous to name at this time, but if it is about IEA, Alex has “been it and done it”. His zeal for talent is unmeasured. Alex’s love and concern for people has made him a trusted and respected leader. He has served as Vice President and President of his local, election and membership chair, lead negotiator, grievance chair and a member of the Strategic Planning committee. At the state level besides being a part of the Steering committee, he served as Subcontracting/Outsourcing Taskforce Chair. He has served as an ESP Council member and ESP Conference presenter. At the National level, Alex has served as a Resolution committee member, Emerging Leader. Alex has received trainings for NEA Minority Leadership, Diversity and served on the Oswego School District Diversity Committee. Alex and his wife, Phyllis, have been married forty-one years. They live in a large home that has five living generations.

ESP Conference Guest Speaker

Paula Monroe
Paula Monroe, a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif., was re-elected to the National Education Association's (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2010 for a second three-year term. With two decades of education experience, Monroe has been a champion for public education and school employees at the local, state and national levels. Before being elected to the NEA Executive Committee, she served two full terms on the NEA Board of Directors as well as nine years as president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals. She also served as president of the California Education Support Professionals and on the executive board of the National Council for Education Support Professionals. Monroe is a native of Colorado and has attended school in North Carolina, Colorado, and North Dakota. She was a parent volunteer in her daughter’s kindergarten class, which led to her start in Redlands Unified School District as a computer lab paraprofessional at Mentone Elementary School, where she worked for eight years. She has served in numerous leadership roles in her local association including site representative, grievance chair, bargaining chair, and others. As a strong advocate for an inclusive organization, Monroe is credited with being a driving force behind the vote in June 2006 to change the bylaws of the California Teachers Association to include education support professionals as full, active members. Her belief that “together we are better” and that every educator deserves respect for their roles in helping students succeed was recognized when she was presented with the CTA President’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2006. Monroe and her husband Mike reside in Redlands, Calif., and have three grown children and two grandchildren. The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members—three executive officers and six members elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for general policy and financial interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between the Board’s four regularly scheduled meetings each year.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

Friday Evening
3:00-7:30 p.m. REGISTRATION 5:30-7:00 p.m. DINNER 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sessions
1. Membership & Treasurer Training Randi Maxfield, Membership Assistant, IEA Membership Processing Jamie Schumacher, Accountant, IEA Business Services Financial Procedures for IEA Locals This session covers the basic financial concepts and procedures that should be employed by local associations. It is not just for local treasurers; other officers such as local presidents should be aware of these issues as well. Some of the areas included are: tax-exempt/not-for-profit status; IRS requirements; independent audits of the financial records; basic internal control concepts; budgeting; documentation requirements; accounting for political action funds; and record retention guidelines. Membership Processing Procedures This session will discuss aspects of membership processing: Completing forms and submitting the local’s initial member changes, handling members who leave or are hired after the beginning of the year, and periodic reviews and updates. Reports and statements received by the Membership Contact will be discussed along with critical dates that impact your local. IEA website resources and services will also be reviewed. 2. Creating and Publishing Videos Tom Kulmacz, IEA Computer Specialist Jeri Stodola, Network Engineer, Naperville School District #203 In this hands-on lab, participants will use the Microsoft Movie Maker program on a PC to edit video footage, insert photos, titles and music that would be helpful instructional resource in the classroom. We will then review the steps needed to publish the video on YouTube, Facebook or other web sites and discuss the process needed to create DVDs containing the material. While sample content will be provided for people to use during the session, participants are welcome to bring their own camera and materials to use during the session. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Participants must have basic computer skills and must pre-register for this session. Participants who are pre-registered will be seated first. Five minutes after the scheduled start time pre-registered participants may lose their seat. 1.5 PTP’s 3. President & Vice-President Leadership Training: Hit the Ground Running…5 Secrets to Local Association Success Connie Campbell, UniServ Director, Region 35 Amy Kunz, UniServ Director, Region 42 Kathy Jesuit, Library Resource Associate/SEEO President, Region 35 Brian Rous, UniServ Director, Region 34 This session is essential for any new or re-emerging association leader. This session will cover many of the basic fundamentals that are necessary to be an effective association leader. This session will cover such issues as: How to conduct an effective meeting; delegating responsibility; recruiting volunteers; developing an association program; developing an association membership, and creating ownership on the part of the membership.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sessions Continued:
4. Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture Tom Walsh, UniServ Director, Region 64 Association Leaders must know both the current climate of bargaining and its impact on the process and be able to articulate this shift to their bargaining committees and their members. 5. Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism Dave Rathke, Organizer Nicole Rethamel, UniServ Director, Region 54 What is a union? Understanding the basic values, rich history and economics of unions can help us to establish a solid foundation upon which to build a strong local association. Exploring where we fit into this special tradition is a source of power for us as we strive to advocate for our members, communities and public education. 6. Social Media Sarah Antonacci, IEA Communications Specialist Have you heard about Facebook and Twitter but continue to wonder what they are? Or, are you afraid to dip your toe into the social media pool? Join Sarah Antonacci, IEA’s communications specialist, as she attempts to clear up some of those questions. Take the opportunity to learn more about social media, how to get started, pitfalls to avoid and ways to best use social media to reach your coworkers and members. 7. Broad-based Organizing for Political Action and Issue Organizing– NEW Adrienne A. McCauley, Organizer, Fox Valley Organizing Initiative ESP can be a powerful force when it comes to political action and issue organizing. Attend this session to learn how engage your local association around your members’ issues and how to get your members involved in political action!

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Roundtable Training Groups
These sessions will be programmed so that all participants attending the conference will have an opportunity to meet with fellow participants of the same employee classification. The facilitators will structure these Roundtable Discussion Groups so that topics common to your employee classifications will be discussed and possible solutions explored. Facilitators will make an effort to explore topics of interest and concern as generated by the participants, as well as an opportunity to do “networking” among the participants from other school districts. 8. Para-Educators (Special Education), Middle School & High School Vera Gill, Paraprofessional, SPEED Special Education Cooperative Ardeen Harris, Paraprofessional, Antioch Community High School Special Education Rosemarie Ulrich, Paraprofessional, Lyons Township High School District #204 Madge Gonzales, Bilingual Interpreter, SEDOL Spec. Ed. Coop, Mundelein High School

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Roundtable Training Groups Continued:
9. Custodians/Maintenance Carl Chapman, Maintenance Specialist, Plainfield Unit School District #202 John Piechocinski, Head Custodian, Plainfield School District #202 Bill Favero, Maintenance Specialist, Plainfield School District #202 10. Presidents/Vice Presidents Connie Campbell, UniServ Director, Region 35 Amy Kunz, UniServ Director, Region 42 Kathy Jesuit, Library Resource Associate/SEEO President, Region 35 Brian Rous, UniServ Director, Region 34
11. Para-Educators, Early Childhood Elementary Education & Health Care

Denise Brown, Paraeducator, Holmes Elementary School, District #152 Linda Sales, Paraeducator, Riley Pre-School, District #152 12. Secretaries/Clerical Julia Fukar, Plainfield North High School Registrar, Plainfield School District #202 Debbie Reuther, Plainfield South High School Registrar, Plainfield School District #202 13. Transportation Jennifer Toy, Transportation, Elgin District U-46 Alex Wallace, President, Oswego Transportation Association, District #308 14. Technology/Librarians Linda Finn, LRC Technology Assistant, Juliette Low Elementary School, CCSD #59 Karen Westerman, Library Paraprofessional, Elgin District U-46 Bob Kramer, Technology Assistant, Township High School District 214 15. Food Service Nadine Harlan, ESP, Alton Comm. Unit School District #11 Jimmie Weirich, ESP, Alton Comm. Unit School District #11 16. Safety & Security Within a School Setting Steve Calabrese, Campus Monitor, Plainfield Consolidated School District #202 17. Para-Educators (Special Education), Early Childhood & Elementary Holly Fitzgerald, Para Intervention Team, Elgin District U-46 Deb Litgen, Special Skills Paraprofessional, Elgin District U-46

9:00 p.m. – Spring Room

Minority Caucus
9:00 p.m. – Midnight – Grand Ballroom Game Night/Cash Bar

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

Saturday
7:00 a.m. REGISTRATION 7:30-8:00 a.m. LIGHT CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. SESSIONS 10:00-11:30 a.m. BRUNCH PROGRAM 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Sessions:
18. Association Rep. Training Karin Swartz, UniServ Director, Region 30 Whether you are called a Building Representative, Union Representative or an Association Representative you are the vital link between the organization and its members. The AR is truly an Action Leader. You are the voice through which the members Speak, Listen, Act and React. Depending upon the size of your Local Association, the AR can have varying responsibilities – and all of them are critical. Attending this session will help you to understand many of the responsibilities for an AR and effective ways to help make your organization more effective and thereby more successful. 19. Online Surveys Robin Ehrhart, IEA Research Specialist Ardeen Harris, Special Education Para Professional, Antioch Community High School, Region 49 This session is for any local leader who wishes to learn more about this IEA resource. The Online Survey Program allows you to gather information from your members about bargaining or any other issue of concern. This electronic tool eliminates paper, tabulates the findings, and generates a report. Participants will work with the actual instrument, so be sure to sign-up early for a space. The Online Survey Program is especially helpful to multi-building locals and any situation in which you need data collection from a larger number of individuals. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Participants must have basic computer skills and must pre-register for this session. Participants who are pre-registered will be seated first. Five minutes after the scheduled start time pre-registered participants may lose their seat. 2 PTP’s 20. Data-Driven Bargaining and Operations Support for Custodial/Maintenance Units George Lambesis, Custodial Services Coordinator, Berwyn South School District #100, Region 29 Tom Kulmacz, IEA Computer Specialist Participants will learn about CleanOpsStaff, a powerful software tool that can help custodial/maintenance units in bargaining by importing your data, creating data-driven cost-outs, and generating reports that provide a highly competitive edge against subcontracting.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sessions Continued:
21. Membership & Treasurer Training – Repeat of Friday Session Randi Maxfield, Membership Assistant, IEA Membership Processing Jamie Schumacher, Accountant, IEA Business Services Financial Procedures for IEA Locals This session covers the basic financial concepts and procedures that should be employed by local associations. It is not just for local treasurers; other officers such as local presidents should be aware of these issues as well. Some of the areas included are: tax-exempt/not-for-profit status; IRS requirements; independent audits of the financial records; basic internal control concepts; budgeting; documentation requirements; accounting for political action funds; and record retention guidelines. Membership Processing Procedures This session will discuss aspects of membership processing: Completing forms and submitting the local’s initial member changes, handling members who leave or are hired after the beginning of the year, and periodic reviews and updates. Reports and statements received by the Membership Contact will be discussed along with critical dates that impact your local. IEA website resources and services will also be reviewed. 22. ESPs Preparing for Retirement-NEW Max Bochmann, IEA-Retired, West Suburban Chapter Gene Craig, IEA-Retired, President, Northlake Retired Chapter Learn everything you need to know about preparing for retiring, including but not limited to Social Security enrollment, insurance/Medicare, IMRF, etc. 23. McKinney-Vento Homeless Law and You-NEW Lynn Strevell, Homeless Student Advocate for Dupe County, Dupe Regional Office of Education This session will cover McKinney-Vento Homeless Law and what it means for you in your job. The session will address the definition of who is homeless under the law, what that status entitles them to, and what schools can do to ensure that these students achieve academic success. 24. Diversity-NEW Christine Woods, UniServ Director, Region 27 Laura Urso, IEA Intern, Region 27 What is diversity really about? How can understanding diversity help me? Am I really diversity competent? If you have asked yourself any of these questions or given thought to diversity in the workplace and in our society, this workshop is for you. Participants will explore diversity in their daily lives and articulate a heightened self-awareness and awareness of others. They will learn skills that foster effective communications in a diverse environment.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sessions Continued:
25. Job Descriptions and Evaluation-NEW Janet Zitzer, UniServ Director, Region 55 Inez Jenkins, Teacher Assistant, Community Consolidated Schools District 168, Region 55 Sharon Negri, Paraprofessional/Technology, Bloom Township High School District 206, Region 55 This session will include a review of the varying job descriptions and the “who, what, when, where and why” of updating them. We will cover contractual language attached to job descriptions and the analysis of their accuracy. We will also cover the many evaluation tools used for the varying job descriptions, how to write a rebuttal, how to prepare for the evaluation conference and the ever present “other duties as assigned.” 26. Paraprofessional Licensure-NEW Daryl Morrison, IEA Education Policy & Agency Relations Director, IEA Government Relations Cathy Wyzykowski, IEA ESP Director & UniServ Director, Region 63 Effective no later than July 1, 2013, each NCLB paraprofessional approval will be exchanged for a paraprofessional educator endorsement on an educator license with stipulations. Attend this session to find out what that means for you.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – BRUNCH PROGRAM – Keynote Speakers 11:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – Double Sessions:
27. Advanced Excel-NEW Tom Kulmacz, IEA Computer Specialist Jeri Stodola, Network Engineer, Naperville School District #203, Region 39 Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used to organize and manipulate numbers and text. In this session, we will explore advanced functions in Excel including formulas, functions, conditional formatting and linking to web based data. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Participants must have basic computer skills and must pre-register for this session. Participants who are pre-registered will be seated first. Five minutes after the scheduled start time pre-registered participants may lose their seat. 3 PTPs

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

11:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. – Double Sessions Continued:
28. Practical Interventions to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Chris Flint, Lead Trainer, The Autism Program Amanda J. Brott, M.S., B.C.B.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst
This session will include didactic and interactive components including: a. Brief overview to ASD (with a focus on how ASD is manifested in the classroom rather than a strict clinical definition) b. Overview of Three Common Perspectives/Methodologies Utilized in Educating Children with ASD (i. Applied Behavior Analysis, ii. Structured Teaching, iii. Social Stories/Comic Book Conversation) c. Case Vignettes (Case Vignettes with video clips demonstrating common problem scenarios--the case vignettes will provide an opportunity to utilize the didactic information shared in (b) above. d. Productive “down time” in the classroom: Providing appropriate activities and support for “down time". This will include the use of adapted games, scheduling of time, and appropriate supports for social interaction e. Resources: Brief Overview of TAP Resources and sharing of Resource Package f. Implementing What You Have Learned. This will provide a brief discussion of ways to introduce new ideas to teachers and fellow paras--we will also provide an introductory letter that the attendee can share g. Resource Package 3 PTP’s

29. Grievance Processing Natalie Copper, School-Age Childcare Site-Coordinator, Evanston School District #65, Region 41 India Jones, Instructional Media Coordinator, Prairie Hills Elementary School District #144, Region 56 Valerie Gardner, UniServ Director, Region 56
The Collective Bargaining Agreement is an Agreement between your Association and the Employer. However, from a very practical point of view, it will be your Association that will make sure that the Contract remains a viable document. The Association, therefore, has the right and the responsibility to see that this document for which you fought remains intact. This session will provide you with everything that you will need to know about Grievance Administration. Knowing the grievance procedure What is grievable This session will assist you with how to work with your Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the parties involved in the administration of the contract. What are the separate steps in interviewing a potential grievant Design a contract awareness program for your Local Association Interpreting contract language How to write a grievance Duty of Fair Representation

30. Signing Bridget Reed, DHH Itinerant, SPEED Special Education Joint Agreement District 802, Region 55
American Sign Language (ASL) uses manual communication, body language, and facial expressions to express a speaker’s thoughts. Although ASL is used primarily to communicate with individuals with hearing loss, it can also be a useful tool for communicating with individuals who are non-verbal or have other communication impairments. While it is impossible to learn it all in a short time, this session will teach basic everyday signs and provide resources for more learning. 3 PTP’s

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

11:45 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. – Sessions:
31. Living Wage Tim Sullivan, Para educator, Belvidere Community Unit School District 100, Region 54 Dave Rathke, Organizer It’s an organizing tool… It’s a bargaining strategy… It’s higher wages… It’s a Living wage!!! ESPs will learn practical tips on how to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for their members. This workshop teaches what a living wage campaign is and how to implement it, how to figure what a living wage is for your area and the politics of bargaining for a living wage. Useful tactics will be discussed, such as: community outreach, member involvement and adapting these strategies across social and economic spectrums. ESPs – You’re Worth It! 32. Workers’ Compensation Jay Johnson, Attorney, Woodruff Johnson & Palermo Casey Woodruff, Attorney, Woodruff Johnson & Palermo School employees who are injured on the job are faced with many complex legal issues. Work issues result in loss of income, unpaid medical bills and the possibility of permanent injury. This session will provide you with a working knowledge of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. There are many new changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act due to recent legislation just signed into law by Governor Quinn. This session will explain those changes and the impact on your members. Do not rely on statements of the Employer or the insurance company to understand your rights. Consult with these experts. 33. Where’s The Money, Bargaining Research Robin Ehrhart, IEA Research Specialist This session will focus on a basic understanding of the system school districts use to track their funds and to develop their annual budgets. We’ll deal with the basic system, the annual financial report (and how that’s different from the audit), and the annual budget. If you’ve never thought about these issues before, or if you just need a quick refresher course, this session is for you! School finance is not, at its heart, difficult; districts often try to make it complicated in bargaining to avoid explaining to you what really is their “money” picture. This session will assist you in overcoming that important hurdle in the bargaining process.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois 11:45 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. – Sessions Continued:
34. Response To Intervention (RtI) TBA, Instructional Resource & Professional Development Response to Intervention (RtI) is defined as the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important education decisions. It reflects a proactive approach to serving all students and their families by matching the intensity of education resources to the level of students’ education needs and rates of progress. RtI comes out of the 2004 reauthorization of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004). In June 2007, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted use of research-based intervention and set out the following timelines for its implementation: No later than January 1, 2009, each district shall develop a plan to transition to the use of a process that determines how a student responds to scientific, research-based interventions (RtI) as part of the student evaluation procedure. No later than the 2010-11 school year, each district shall implement the use of RtI. 1 PTP 35. Special Education: How Does It Make You Feel? Vicki Mikos, MS Licensed Speech Pathologist, Region 35 Chair Karen von Sothen, 5-6 Multi-grade teacher, Region 35 Vice Chair Participants will learn strategies and techniques on working in and out of the classroom with students with a variety of disabilities. Hands on lessons and simulations will have participants learn how different disabilities impact student learning and how to make these students successful. Participants will be provided with multiple resources to bring back to their schools. 36. Creative Bargaining—The Changing Bargaining Culture – Repeat of Friday Session Tom Walsh, UniServ Director, Region 64 Association Leaders must know both the current climate of bargaining and its impact on the process and be able to articulate this shift to their bargaining committees and their members. 37. Sexual Harassment-NEW Paul Klenck, IEA Deputy General Counsel Sexual harassment in education is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with an individual’s ability to learn, study, work or participate in school activities. Sexual harassment involves a range of behavior from mild annoyances to sexual assault and rape. The definition of sexual harassment includes harassment by both peers and individuals in a position of power relative to the person being harassed. In schools, though sexual harassment initiated by students is most common, it can also be perpetrated by school employees, and the victim can be a student, or a school employee. This session will primarily focus on adult to adult sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by school employees can cause particularly serious and damaging consequences for the victim. While sexual harassment is legally defined as "unwanted" behavior, many experts agree that even consensual sexual interactions between students and school employees constitutes harassment because, they say, the power differential creates a dynamic in which "mutual consent" is impossible. 2 PTPs

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

1:15 – 2:35 p.m. – Sessions
38. NEA Member Benefits Jeopardy!-New Jason Long, Affiliate Relations Specialist: IL, IN, & MN, NEA Member Benefits Arlene Criglar, IEA ESP Program Paraprofessional Play NEA Jeopardy to learn more about the many money-saving programs available through NEA Member Benefits. Oftentimes members can recoup their dues dollars by participating in these programs. Play, have fun, and win prizes. 39. 2012 Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Update Tecya Anderson, Field Representative, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Bonnie Shadid, Legislative Liaison, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund IMRF has always been an Advocate for both its active participants and retired annuitants in introducing, supporting and/or opposing legislation critical to the interests of IMRF and its members. This session will cover the past and future IMRF Legislative efforts and how you can assist these efforts. This session will also cover all aspects of the IMRF including such topics as: Who is covered by IMRF; Retirement Benefits; Death Benefits; Disability Benefits; Reciprocity; Definition of Salary; Review of pertinent forms; a glimpse at the IMRF Pre-Retirement Workbook, and pending legislation affecting IMRF. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A. 40. Being a Part of Something Larger Than Yourself: Basic Unionism– Repeat of Friday Session Dave Rathke, IEA Organizer Nicole Rethamel, UniServ Director, Region 54 What is a union? Understanding the basic values, rich history and economics of unions can help us to establish a solid foundation upon which to build a strong local association. Exploring where we fit into this special tradition is a source of power for us as we strive to advocate for our members, communities and public education. 41. Social Media– Repeat of Friday Session Sarah Antonacci, IEA Communications Specialist Have you heard about Facebook and twitter but continue to wonder what they are? Or, are you afraid to dip your toe into the social media pool? Join Sarah Antonacci, IEA’s communications specialist, as she attempts to clear up some of those questions. Take the opportunity to learn more about social media, how to get started, pitfalls to avoid and ways to best use social media to reach your coworkers and members.

Illinois Education Association – NEA 27th Annual Professional Conference October 12 & 13, 2012 Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, Illinois

1:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Sessions Continued:
42. Preventing Outsourcing Mark Michaels, UniServ Director, Region 21 Max Bochmann, IEA-Retired (Naperville Transportation), West Suburban Retired Chapter, Region 39 Yes, the Illinois Education Association has been successful in passing a law to make the outsourcing of school employees by the employer much more difficult but not impossible. Yes, you are now allowed to take a deep breath as long as you do not let your guard down. Becoming inappropriately complacent could be a fatal decision. Attend this session to learn about what the subcontracting legislation does to protect you from subcontracting. Also learn about what your Association must do to be ever vigilant and develop and implement ongoing, pro-active programs to prevent outsourcing. Participants will also learn how to develop bargaining strategies, ongoing preventative strategies, how to analyze the threat and how to analyze a Request for Proposal (RFP). 43. Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done…Bylaw 3-1(g)-NEW Kristine Argue, UniServ Director, Region 43 India Jones, Family Educator/HCR Chair, Region 56 Marie Schultz, Para Educator/IEA Board Member, Region 54 Human and Civil Rights Committee Members Every year, IEA sends delegates to represent its membership at the NEA Representative Assembly. Every year, IEA falls short of its goal to send the required number of ethnic minority delegates to meet the Bylaw 3-1(g) goal. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO REACH OUR GOAL? Come find out what Bylaw 3-1(g) is and what YOU CAN DO to ensure that IEA meets its goal. 44. ESP and Legal Issues Paul Klenck, IEA Deputy General Counsel All Education Support Professionals have certain rights and responsibilities created by federal and state statutes. This session will provide an overview of many legal issues. It will include some of the protections and pitfalls for public employees and how they can expand on these statutory rights through collective bargaining. Topics include: mandated reporting of child abuse and employees being subjected to DCFS investigations; discipline and dismissal rights; dangers of an electronic workplace; overtime law; property rights to a public job; student records; violence in the workplace; illness and incapacity; leaves; disabilities; liability protections and more. 3 PTP’s

Registration & Housing Form

2012 ESP Conference
REGISTRATION FEE is $50.00 for each local (unlimited attendees per local)
Registration Deadline is October 5, 2012 PAYABLE TO: ILLINOIS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION-NEA ‰ African American ‰ Caucasian PARTICIPANT: Name______________________________________________ Minority Status: ‰ Hispanic ‰ Other Address_________________________________________________ H Phone: (_____)_________________________ ________________________________________________________ Local Assn.______________________________________________ E-mail__________________________________________________ S Phone: (_____)_________________________ Region_________________________________ Fax Number: (_____)______________________

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Make check payable to IEA and send in with registration. If you need to cancel your hotel reservation, you must notify Mary Burrus at 1.800.252.8076 or email mary.burrus@ieanea.org within 72 hours prior to the conference or you will be charged for the room.

□ I will be commuting and will not need a hotel room.
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SESSION REGISTRATION:
SKILL CENTER SELECTION: Use the Skill Center description pages found in the brochure to select a 1st and 2nd choice for the sessions. Every effort will be made to schedule you in the skill center of your first choice, but registrations will be scheduled as they are received.
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