Future Events
  • October 13, 2017 - TechCon
  • November 17, 2017 - Workshop (North Cook)
  • January 26, 2017 - Workshop (Follett Corporation 3 Westbrook Corporate Center #200 Westchester, IL 60154)
  • February 26-28, 2018 - ICE Conference, Schaumburg Convention Center
    • February 27 - IETL/ICE Leadership Summit: Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's School's with Thomas Murray & Eric Sheninger
  • March 12-15, 2018 - CoSN (D.C.)
  • April 20, 2018 - Workshop (Location TBD)
  • May 11, 2018 - Tech & Learning Live - "Curriculum & IT: Can This Marriage Be Saved?" 
    • Rosemont, IL RSVP Here (Members receive a discount code located in the Members Only section of the website.)
  • June 13-14, 2018 - Golf Outing, Summit, and Social
  • June 24-27, 2018 - ISTE (Chicago), IETL-ICE Social
Past Events

123 Engage

posted Mar 9, 2017, 9:31 AM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 9:31 AM ]

123 Engage-  March 22, 2017
Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School - 5345 99th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Supporting district leaders with high-level conversations about 21st century learning and effective strategies for districts becoming Future Ready. It doesn't seem like it at first, but getting wifi upgrades, buying and deploying devices and apps are really the EASIEST part of going 1:1. District leaders from Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 and other local schools will share field-tested change/adaptation strategies that are necessary when tech becomes ubiquitous in classrooms. Learn best practices in changing classroom culture, effective change management and the mindset needed to evoke systematic change in your schools. Simply adding technology to a classroom, without addressing the culture of teaching and learning is the surest path to a failed initiative.

Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Directors, Principals, and tech leaders would greatly benefit from attending and collaborating with local leadership teams and learning from each other.

Questions: Contact - Matt Stephany | | (847) 968-9363

Tech and Learning Live- May 5, 2017

posted Jan 24, 2017, 1:12 PM by Maureen Chertow Miller

Join other K-12 tech and instruction leaders to share edtech ideas and initiatives. Topics will include personalized learning, successful PD models, digital citizenship, the latest tools for core curricula, coding, robotics, and much more. Attendees also get to try out the latest tools in the interactive "playgrounds."

New this year: Mini-Keynotes: Making Academic Coaching Work: When done right, instructional coaching can be an effective and sustainable way to offer ongoing professional development for districts of all sizes. In these Ignite-style mini-keynotes, four districts will present four unique stories about how they made instructional coaching work at both the elementary and secondary levels.

By focusing on both tech and learning, T&L Live will help your staff develop and support effective tech initiatives that ensure your school will get the most from their edtech investments.

New Year, New Products- Lunch Provided

posted Dec 3, 2016, 11:42 AM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated Dec 3, 2016, 11:46 AM ]

Fri, January 20, 2017

12:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

North Cook ISC

2340 Des Plaines River Rd

Des Plaines, Illinos

December 2, 2016 - IETL Workshop

posted Nov 7, 2016, 5:44 PM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 5:16 AM ]

RSVP for our December 2nd IETL  Workshop-

Education Super Highway

posted Aug 31, 2016, 4:44 AM by Maureen Chertow Miller

As you may have read, the Governor’s office and Illinois State Board of Education launched the Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative in partnership with the non-profit organization EducationSuperHighway to ensure that all IL schools have access to high-speed broadband that can support digital learning in the classroom. As a part of this initiative, you have the opportunity to take advantage of network upgrade support services from Education SuperHighway at no cost to your district.


In this webinar, you will find out how you can work with Education SuperHighway

to connect all your schools via scalable network infrastructure and affordably increase your bandwidth to meet growing demand.


To learn more, please register using the link below and mark your calendars

for either of the following webinar dates:



Tuesday, September 13



12:30pm CT

Registration Link:



Wednesday, September 14


11:30am CT

Registration Link:


As a school district leader, your engagement throughout this initiative will ensure your students have the connectivity needed to take advantage of digital learning opportunities. If you have questions, please contact Elle Patterson from Education SuperHighway.

IETL September Workshop- Friday, September 23, 2016

posted Aug 11, 2016, 3:00 PM by Maureen Chertow Miller

Friday, September 23, 2016

9:00 am – Noon

To Register and see full agenda:


Topics for the morning include:  Maximizing wireless in your buildings, Google update from local rep, and discussion on Co-Location and Tour!


Please join your fellow CTO's for a morning of professional learning.  We will be meeting at a major data center located in West Chicago IL and we are lucky enough to have the opportunity for a technical tour of the site and see what it really looks like behind the scenes, from power to internet meet up, to cooling, to redundancy.  Bring your Network Technicians or a fellow CTO!  This event is FREE!

CoSN 2017 Annual Conference

posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:30 PM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated Jul 1, 2016, 12:39 PM ]

We appreciate your interest in presenting at the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference, to be held on April 3-6, 2017 at the Sheraton Chicago, IL!  Please review the instructions below carefully prior to submitting your proposal to present.  If at anytime your require assistance or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact Andre Cholewinski at 703-610-0297 or via email at

The deadline for submitting your proposal to present is Friday, July 22, 2016.  

Invent the Future
Twenty five years ago, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) started its journey by providing district technology leaders with the resources necessary for success. Unprecedented changes have occurred since 1992. Fast forward to today, personalized learning, digital equity, and accessibility for all students is close to becoming reality. Join us at the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference as we Invent the Future. Celebrate our Past.

Monday, April 3, 2017
PreConference Workshops – Opening Plenary – Opening Reception

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Breakout Sessions – State of CoSN Plenary – CTO Forum – @InnovationCentral – Monumental Impact: Advocacy Dinner & Auction

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Breakout Sessions – @InnovationCentral –Closing Plenary

Thursday, April 6, 2017
PostConference Workshops –Tours

Teaming for Transormation

posted May 16, 2016, 5:16 AM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated May 16, 2016, 5:16 AM ]

October 19-21, 2016


Are you or your team interested in either starting a digital transition, or continuing on the path for a full digital implementation? CoSN and D214 are partnering to provide the Teaming for Transformation 5 - Leading Second Order Change. This is a national event designed for district teams vested in moving their digital transition forward. The event will be held on October 19 - 21.

There is a full day and a half of embedded strategic planning where you and your teams will work through a facilitated rubric designed by the Friday Institute. There will be required pre and post work, along with follow-up activities at future events.

Event Page:


White House Film Festival

posted May 2, 2016, 7:17 AM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated May 2, 2016, 7:17 AM ]

The White House, Washington

Got big ideas for the future? Love to make films -- or ever secretly wished to give it a shot?

Well, this is your chance! The White House Student Film Festival is back with a new theme: "The World I Want to Live In." From now through July 15th, we'll be taking submissions from K-12 students across the country. We can’t wait to see your vision for the future, whether its fiction, animation, or documentary.

Check out WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest to learn more about the event and read the official submission guidelines.

Over the past years we’ve received thousands of submissions -- truly amazing creations that inspired us film buffs here at the White House. This will be President Obama’s third and final White House Student Film Festival, so we encourage you to spread the word to friends, whether they are kids, parents or teachers with a passion for creating videos and sharing stories. Students under the age of 14 should have their parent, guardian, or teacher assist with submitting.

If your project is selected, you may have a chance to attend the Film Fest right here at the White House. The Official Selections will also be featured across the White House website and social media channels. You can watch several entries from the past two student film festivals for some inspiration.

Remember, submissions close on July 15th, so get filming to be sure that deadline doesn't sneak up on you!

Show us the future you imagine, because we’d like to share it with the world. Don’t forget to spread the word: It's time for lights, camera, action!



Adam Garber
Video Director
The White House


DDoS, Randomizers and Viruses, Oh My!

posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:31 PM by Maureen Chertow Miller   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 3:32 PM ]

Please join us for the April 15, 2016 IETL Meeting. The meeting will be held at West Aurora School District 129, District Office, 80 S. River Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506, from 9:00 am - Noon. The meeting will cover student data privacy, with the theme "DDoS, Randomizers and Viruses, Oh My!”

Register Here:

You will hear a real-life example of a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDos) attack from John Reichling and Jeff McCune of St. Charles School District 303. You will get newly-released information about Randomizers from CoSN. You will discuss Security Planning Guidelines and compare notes with your colleagues about approaches to student data privacy.

You should come away from this session with the following beneficial information:

1. Awareness of the current scope of data privacy/security issues.
2. Simple methods to manage risk.
3. Answers to the question: what to do when I am hit with one of these attacks?

Here is the meeting agenda:

1. DDoS
2. Security Planning
3. Ransomware
4. Student Data Privacy Discussion
5. Summary - What to do when I am hit with an attack?

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