Microlearning in the Marketplace

The learning doesn't end when your sessions get out on Thursday — The Marketplace has been transformed into a learning destination! Get ready to explore and engage in five dedicated areas during Marketplace hours on Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.


AC19_ExhibitHall-01.pngConnected Corner - Blue Section
Connect with other school district members while participating in live Twitter chats about education topics. Plus, special guests will share expert advice on how to use Twitter effectively for your district

3:00pm  - #EdFinChat

Hosted by Chris Wildman, Daniel Oberg & RJ Gravel

4:05pm  - Assets of Social Media

Presented by Amber Heffner of the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) 

4:40pm  - How to Use #SuptChat

Learn what all the buzz is about from two innovative superintendents, Michael Lubelfeld & Nick Polyak


SAAC Innovation Lab - Red Section
Looking for solutions to simplify your district’s processes? Take 10 minutes to discover a product or service to solve what keeps you up at night, followed by time for questions and answers. Pick what innovations might help you in your district! 

3:00pm - Making Public/Private Partnerships Work for Your District

Ken Florey, Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.
Anne Noble, Managing Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
Ted Stec, Superintendent, Lombard Elem. SD 44

Learn how to potentially add revenues and/or programs through public/private partnerships. Discover the legal and operational considerations that must be kept in mind and hear a real life example related to plans for a public/private partnership in Lombard School District 44 for their new field house project. The building will be used for school related activities such as PE and middle school sports, but it will be used for private sports teams at all other times. Lombard SD 44 representatives will participate in this presentation.

3:30pm - Using Analytics to Support EBF Funding Allocations

Susan Harkin, Chief Operating Officer, Comm. Unit Sch. Dist. 300
Stephen Miller, Senior Product Manager, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
For districts that have seen increases in funding with the shift to EBF, one of the first questions is: How do we direct these new resources? The Forecast5’s 5Sighttool, which cross-walks EIS and AFR data, gives districts insight into where their district stands in FTE/Salary and per student dollar allocations versus where the Model says they should be. Plus, new analytics allow for peer comparison /contextualization. 

4:00pm - Resolving Construction Issues Without Litigation

Terry Fielden, Dir./K-12 Education, International Contractors, Inc.
Ken Florey, Partner, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.
Carrie Matlock, President, DLA Architects, Ltd.
Have you ever considered utilizing experts as consultants to resolve construction issues without litigating? Come and hear how this panel has been effective with this practice.

4:30pm - Financial Forecasting & Reporting Tools for Investment Portfolios

Sheetal Rai, Managing Director, Fifth Third Securities
Chris Wildman, Chief Financial Officer, CSBO, North Shore SD 112
Clearwater Analytics delivers daily, web-based investment accounting/forecasting and reporting service specifically designed for the needs of government entities. With four system modules — Accounting, Compliance, Performance and Risk — this is a full-service, web-based solution that requires no installation of software, maintenance of trade data, manual data manipulation or reconciliation of information.

5:00pm - Pharmacy Benefit Management

Lisa Yefsky, Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Join us to learn about how school districts have been able to save significant dollars in their pharmacy program by either marketing their pharmacy program or joining a pharmacy alliance. The savings achieved, depending on the size of the plan, can save upwards of 3% off your annual health plan renewal or more. We will identify some of the ways Illinois school districts have already achieved this level of savings without impacting members’ copays or access to pharmacies.


Knowledge Center - Illinois ASBO Booth
Experience collaboration by hearing real-life stories from experienced school business officials and Service Associates about the solutions they have found. Stick around and get your questions answered!

2:45pm  - Solar: The Future of Energy

Mark Altmayer, CFO/Treasurer, Huntley CSD 158
Rachel McLaughlin, VP Sales, Forefront Power

As the one of the lowest operating cost per pupil districts in the Chicagoland area, Huntley Community School District 158 is making the effort to reduce energy costs and maximize their district’s resources by implementing the largest school district solar installation in the state. Working with its strategic partner, at zero cost to the district, the ground-mounted solar project is expected to save the district $4.2 million over 20 years while offsetting 12.3 million pounds of carbon emissions. Go Green!

3:15pm  - Partnering to Design Environments to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Julie Jilek, Asst. Supt., CSBO, Northwest Suburban Spec. Ed. Org.
John Murtaugh, Sales Associate, Frank Cooney Company, Inc.

The Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization was faced with the challenge of modernizing dated furniture and redesigning learning environments to meet the needs of 21st century learners with a wide-range of needs. Their partnership with Frank Cooney Company helped them to achieve their goal of designing new and flexible, interactive learning environments that meet the needs of all learners. Hear about the solutions they discovered.

3:45pm - Route List Live: Effective Check On, Check Off System

Josh Aurand, Assistant Superintendent, Harlem USD 122
Don West, Dir./Transportation, Harlem USD 122

Route List Life is a web-based software application developed to prioritize student safety in transportation. The mission of the software is to reduce bad drops by giving bus drivers the information they need in real-time to safely transport students to and from school. Hear from Illinois ASBO Lighthouse Award Winners about their innovative resource!

4:15pm  - From the Ashes, We Rise Again!

Jan Bush, Business Manager, Murphysboro CUSD 186
After a high school auditorium roof failure and subsequent building demolition, Murphysboro CUSD 186 turned the catastrophe into an opportunity to build a beautiful Center for Performing Arts for the use of the entire community. Hear about construction project do’s and don’ts and lessons learned the hard way so that your district doesn’t make the same mistakes!

4:45pm  - ESSA Site-Based Financial Reporting Solution

Dean Romano, Ed.D./Asst. Supt./Business Services, Geneva CUSD 304
David Torres/Senior Product Manager, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

This lab will preview Forecast5’s tool, 5Cast Plus, that allows for quick disaggregation of general ledger data to create an automated report that will meet ESSA reporting requirements in the prescribed ISBE format. This report also enables district leaders to look ahead at their data and proactively control their narrative to stakeholders.  


Hot Topic Huddle - Green Section

Do you have a topic you are eager to learn more about? Stop by the Hot Topic Huddle to engage in deep discussion on the issues that matter most to you. Topics will be chosen onsite based on attendee suggestions. To submit your idea, visit the help desk upstairs near the breakout session area. Then, stay tuned for an announcement in the Conference App when topics and times are finalized!

Networking Lounge - Grey Section
Take a moment for a quick business meeting with a colleague or relax with a friend. Use this space to converse with other conference attendees in a laid-back Marketplace atmosphere!