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Illinois Educational Technology Leaders
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November 19, 2021
Note from the President
Another interesting year for all of us! I hope that all of you are doing well and plan to take time to relax with your loved ones for the upcoming holidays! Check out the upcoming dates in the newsletter highlighted by two sessions at the IDEACon conference.

Member Tidbits: 
  • Don Ringelstein is running for the national COSN Board. Each IETL District has 10 votes...let’s get Don elected!
  • Network Admin IETL Group: kudos to Marce Gonzalez (D230) and Will Brackett (D97) for getting this group up and running. If your network admin is not part of this, let me know and we can add them.
  • IETL Podcast: Season 2 has been awesome. Check out the new episodes!

Happy Holidays to you and your families from the IETL Board. We are all very thankful to have our collaborative group….could not imagine us being in our positions without the support of the IETL network!

Workshop Overview
On November 12th, we hosted our second quarterly workshop with a focus on SEL in Practice. Guest speaker and author Robert Breisch shared his experiences by helping others see their circumstances in a new way. Additionally, Robert led the IETL group through guided table discussions about the following topics:

Caring for Self
Caring for Staff
Caring for Customers
Work/Life Balance

The workshop continued with collaborative round-table discussions with the following topics:

Data Warehousing/Analytics
Capital Planning/Expenditures
MFA, Cybersecurity topics

Both activities provided for rich discussions and sharing of ideas among IETL members that may be viewed here.
Upcoming Events
  • IDEA Conference Admin Session & IT Day: 2/14/22 - 2/17/2022
  • 2/15 Admin Session with AA Credit
  • 2/16 IETL Workshop at IDEA Con
  • CoSN National Conference: 4/11/22 - 4/14/22
  • Workshop #3: Friday, April 1, 2022
  • IETL System Admin Summit: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
  • CTO Summit: Thursday, June 16, 2022
  • Golf Outing: July 2022

Invites will be sent closer to the dates.
We look forward to seeing you and collaborating during these events!
Holiday Shopping Suggestions List
It's that time of year again, for our IETL Technology Holiday Gift List! Yes, it's time to go shopping for loved ones, friends, co-workers, and donations.

Feel free to use this list for personal use, or if you would like to share it within your district, simply make a copy, retitle, and send. Or edit it to meet the interest of your district's members.

Happy Holidays!
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