Conferences and workshops, serving diverse professional development needs, are offered by Outreach Programs on the WIU campus and in area cities. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for teachers and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for licensing or certification for a variety of professions are offered in conjunction with many programs.
Anti-Social Youth: Intervention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation
Western Illinois University - University Union
March 21, 2014
This program is designed to address the needs of individuals working with students who may display anti-social behaviors. Experts in several areas of the WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration program and experts in the area of the circuit courts and juvenile justice will present information on current thinking and issues involved with working with youth who demonstrate these behaviors which can lead to destructive behaviors in school and in the community.
Active Shooter Defense Workshop: Practical Responses to Aggression
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
Oak Brook, IL
Feb. 28, 2014
This program is designed to address the needs of individuals who want to protect their classrooms and buildings in the event of an active shooter or an incident of mass harm. Experts in the Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration program and the Illinois State Police will present information on what educators can do to minimize the impact of a shooting event. This instruction provides the following information: practical/tactical considerations to help survive an active shooter incident, basic traumatic first aid planning, informed communication with law enforcement, and what to expect from law enforcement in the event of an active shooter incident. A series of breakout sessions in the afternoon will give participants the opportunity to role-play creating escape routes, defending the classroom, handling traumatic first id, and answering law enforcement questions.
New Directions – New Connections: PARCC and the Common Core State Standards
Western Illinois University, University Union
November 8, 2013
“New Directions – New Connections: PARCC and the Common Core State Standards,” program was a comprehensive one-day program addressing 1.) state and national policy relating to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and 2.) practical and effective instructional strategies in mathematics and English language arts for the classroom. The policy sessions were presented by representatives from PARCC – Illinois and Achieve. PARCC is a group of states committed to developing an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington D.C. that focuses on college and career readiness. Achieve was selected by states to manage the PARCC assessment consortium. The PARCC consortium was awarded Race to the Top assessment funds to create next generation assessments in mathematics and English aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The instructional sessions at the conference were presented by WIU faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction who have extensive experience working with teachers in the professional development context. Together the presenters and participants explored teaching and learning processes in today’s changing environment.
School Safety: Active Shooter Threats to Schools and Their Communities
Western Illinois University, University Union Grand Ballroom
May 3, 2013
This program was designed for both educators and law enforcement officials. The program provided background information as well as current information on active shooter threats. Participants learned about red flag behaviors, past and current policy, law enforcement protocols, and liability. Presenters for the conference were drawn from the faculty of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, a signature program at WIU.
The $95 program fee included an evening reception for conference attendees, lunch, conference materials, attendance, and applicable continuing education units. Conference attendees were eligible to receive WIU Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs), and social worker contact hours as part of their registration.
Current Perspectives on ADHD
Western Illinois University, University Union
October 12, 2012
The conference day was devoted in the morning to the featured session, “Smart but Scattered: Helping ADHD Kids Improve Executive Skills.” This session emphasized innovative practical strategies for the development of executive skills, recognizing the difficulties with working memory, self-regulation and internalization of time that are characteristic of ADHD. Three concurrent afternoon breakout sessions (which were repeated) covered the most recent perspectives on medication for ADHD; classroom teaching tools, behavioral interventions and self-management techniques for students with ADHD; and special considerations for the families impacted by an ADHD diagnosis. Emphasized throughout were shared strategies that can be developed by teachers and parents to maximize the potential of children with an ADHD diagnosis.
The $95 program fee included lunch, conference materials, attendance, and applicable continuing education units. Conference attendees were eligible to receive WIU Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs), and social worker contact hours as part of their registration.
37th Annual History Conference
Western Illinois University, Stipes Hall and The Multicultural Center
March 24, 2012
The Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Non-Credit Programs, and Western Illinois University Foundation together hosted the 37th Annual History Conference. The 2012 theme was, “Transformations,” that had registrants consider both the gradual evolution of societies and dramatic events that bring rapid changes and immediate consequences.
From technological innovations to international relations, one can easily observe transformations that have occurred in our own lifetimes, but we are by no means the first to look upon the past and marvel at what has transpired. In simplest terms, historians trace such transformations and offer explanations for why they developed. Our theme suggested that we ponder the nature of change and who or what initiated transformations throughout history. Registrants also considered how people experience and bear witness to transformations in their own lives or in the world around them.
Transformations are never complete, so we must also wrestle with the coexistence ofcontinuities and change. The quest to understand how old and new occur in the same moment provides history with subtlety and complexity as a discipline.
Faculty from the Department of History discussed various transformations from their areas of expertise, and three colleagues from the Department of Political Science shared their insights on presidential elections. Prolific author and historian, Professor Daniel Walker Howe, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Howe's work What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History.