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Southern Illinois P20 Closing the Gap Conference

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Resilience: Supporting the Whole Child

Resilience is a journey of discovery, curiosity, and building mutual trust and connection through coaching, mentoring, and support. We cannot create resilience in our students alone; it takes a powerful dedicated team of people to make it happen. Nuggets of how this is done will be woven into the engaging presentations through real examples of struggle and mastery over maladaptive behavior

The Southern Illinois PreK-20 Education Alliance proudly presents an innovative opportunity to address educational issues for ALL educators. Mark your calendar to attend the conference.

Program Agenda 


This will be the 19th year of the annual Closing the Gap Conference. Evaluations indicate that participants gain valuable knowledge and skills by attending this annual conference. Don’t miss out!

Opening Speaker – Dr. Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education

ISBE’s Strategic Plan for Each and Every Child

Dr. Ayala has more than 30 years of education experience, most recently serving as the superintendent of Berwyn North School District 98. She previously served as an assistant superintendent for Plainfield District 202; as a director in Community Consolidated School District 300; and as an assistant superintendent, director of Bilingual Services, and teacher in Aurora East School District 131. She began her career at Chicago Public Schools, serving as a teacher for five years. Dr. Ayala received her Bachelor of Arts from Mundelein College, her MBA from Dominican University, and her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University of Chicago.

4.5 Clock Hours will be available for educators and 4.5 CEUs for LCSW, LSW, LPC and LCPC.

Conference Theme:  Resilience: Supporting the Whole Child

Conference Date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Time:  8:15 am - 2:50 pm  (Check-in:  7:30 am – 8:15 am)

Location: John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL

Participants should park in Lot A: John A. Logan College Map

Lunch will be provided for all attendees


Registration Fees:

  • Professional: $60
  • Professional (after April 13: $75)
  • Undergraduate Student/Retirees: $20

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds, minus a $20 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to April 13, 2020.

Registration Options:

  • Professionals/Students Participants register online.
  • Exhibitors register online.
  • Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard by calling
 Conference and Scheduling Services @ 618/536-7751.
Fax the participant registration form or the exhibitor registration form with credit card information to 618/453-5680.

Any Questions?
Please call Coordinator Jackie Welch at 618/453-5672 or send an jackiew@siu.edu.