The Center - Resources for Teaching and Learning

ESSA Conference

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference

February 11-13, 2019
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, IL

For more than two decades, the Annual Statewide ESSA Conference has brought together educators from across Illinois to share information about their creative, effective and replicable classroom and school practices.  It also highlights national and state education policies and programs.  The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning collaborates with the Illinois State Board of Education and other education organizations in the planning and presentation of the program.

The conference theme is “Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community.”  This reflects ESSA’s commitment to “leverage funding to ensure a focus on equity and excellence for all students.” Some sessions at the conference will be presented by ISBE professionals on the details of the ESSA State Plan.  Equally important, however, are the conference emphases on personal teacher/student interactions, school policies, and educational strategies that enhance achievement and growth across the curriculum.

You are invited to share your insights, research and experience with your colleagues by submitting a session proposal.  In the past, excellent sessions have included presentations by classroom teachers, administrators, and program directors.  The conference addresses all educational levels, from early childhood through secondary, and multiple topical strands as indicated in the request for proposal abstract form.

Presentation abstract forms are available for completion online, or to print and mail in at  Deadline for submission is Monday, October 1, 2018.  However, readers will begin to review abstracts even earlier, and we encourage you to submit your proposal(s) as soon as possible.

Thank you.

James A. Zabel
ESSA Conference Coordinator
The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning

Annie Brooks
Director of Title Grants
Illinois State Board of Education