April 16-17, 2020
Tinley Park Convention Center

Tinley Park, IL

The Illinois School Counselor Association is soliciting proposals for presentations promoting evidence-based programs in the domains of academic achievement, emotional growth, social development, career exploration, and post secondary planning. Presentations showcase best practices, current research, or skills of value to counselors, pre-K to postsecondary, as well as district personnel, graduate students and counselor educators.

Please note, all sessions are 60 minutes in length. 

Proposals of a political, marketing or for-profit nature will NOT be accepted.

The conference theme is Be the Voice! Live the Vision! Presentations on these topics are welcome and requested!

Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2019

Notice regarding proposal acceptance will be sent via e-mail by January 31, 2020.


  • Conference Rate: $140 per presenter, applicable for the Lead Presenter and up to 2 Co-Presenters
    (This is 20% off the normal conference registration rates.)

If your session is approved, the Lead Presenter will be emailed a link to the special Registration Portal for Approved Presenters.

If you and/or your Co-Presenter (if any) plan to present the breakout session and then leave, there will be no registration fee. By not registering, you will not be given a name badge, program manual or tote bag, and will not be able to participate in any other sessions or meal functions at the Conference.



  • HANDOUTS: You will be responsible for preparing and copying handouts for your session(s). Plan to provide 75-100 handouts. If you feel your session will be popular, please adjust amount as you feel necessary. Closer to the event date we will inform you of how many copies you may need.
  • HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Presenters must make their own hotel reservations and are responsible for all other travel expenses.
  • CO-PRESENTERS: All communications regarding your breakout session will come to the Lead Presenter directly, and will be responsible for sharing it with a Co-Presenter(s), if any. Also note the rate structure for Co-Presenters above. If a Co-Presenter is not added at the time of the CFP submission, one cannot be added in the future.
  • WI-FI: The convention center is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet that is complimentary for all attendees. However, we highly recommend designing your session so that you will not need internet access, since it can be slow or unreliable.
  • AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT: All meeting rooms will be arranged theater style. Please note that the Conference will provide a LCD projector, screen, A/V cart and power supply at no charge to you. However, the Conference will not be able to provide any other A/V equipment. You are responsible for providing your own laptop and dongle/appropriate adapter, if needed for your presentation. If your presentation requires sound for a video or sound effect please make the necessary plan to provide that equipment on your own. If you need additional audio visual equipment, please contact the convention center. Any arrangements you make with the convention center will be at your own expense.
  • NBCC / CE Hours – Anyone without a Master’s degree or higher needs to have a sponsor (with these credentials) with them to co-present in their session. Otherwise, no CEs will be awarded to participants for your session.

More details relating to PDs and CEs will be provided in the near future.

For more information or questions, please contact Chris Daugherty at

IL-SCA Presenters

  • Lead Presenter

  • All correspondence will be made through email.
  • Include previous positions held, professional accomplishments.
  • Co-Presenter(s)

    If you plan on presenting with a co-presenter please provide their information below. Also, note the rate structure above.
  • Presentation

  • As you wish it to appear in the manual.
  • (1) Increase the knowledge and skills of school and district leaders who guide continuous professional development; (2) Improve the learning of students; (3) Organize adults into learning communities, the goals of which are aligned to those of the school and district; (4) Deepen educators’ content knowledge; (5) Provide educators with research based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards; (6) Prepare educators to appropriately use various types of classroom assessments;(7) Use learning strategies appropriate to the intended goals; (8) Provide educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate; (9) Prepare educators to apply research to decision making. Additionally, feel free to cite how your proposal aligns to the ISBE Teaching and Learning Standards ( ) or Learning Forwards standards for Professional Learning (
  • State briefly 3 objectives of the session.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Holiday Inn &
Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477


The Holiday Inn, located in the same in building as the Tinley Park Convention Center, has a conference rate of $149 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by March 30, 2020, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (708) 444-1100. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code is “ISC”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the Holiday Inn Website and follow these instructions:
    1. Enter in the dates you would like to stay, April 15th and/or 16th. The group discount code will automatically be populated.
    2. Fill in applicable information then click “Check Availability.”
    3. Choose room preference, then “Select Room.”
    4. Then click “Select Rate” for the discounted conference rate.
    5. Complete billing information to book your reservation.

If room blocks at these hotels are full look on the main ISCA Conference webpage for overflow hotel information.