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SOWIC Academy

Measurable IEP Goals and Google Sheets
November 16, 2021
8:30 am-3:00 pm

Does the phrase “report card wizard” make your skin crawl? Then this is the workshop for you. At the end of this all day session, you will walk away with a more efficient way to track progress on your student’s goals and objectives. This workshop will first focus on writing measurable IEP goals connected to the IL Learning Standards in both academic and functional areas. Then participants will learn how to use google sheets to easily collect data and determine student progress towards their goals and objectives. Participants will learn how to create graphs to facilitate discussion and creation of new goals at IEP meetings. Participants must have a google account (no experience with google sheets required).

Google Drive 101
December 15, 2021
12:30 pm-3:00 pm

Does Google Drive make you think….WHAT CLOUD! This session is focused on those new drive users. You will be taken step by step through creating new documents and sheets. Learn the basics from creating, sharing, organizing, and uploading to your drive. How do I share my document with someone?....all of those questions and many more will be answered! Participants must have a Google account, no experience required!

Tips & Tools for Effective Transition Planning
January 13, 2022

8:30 am-11:30 am
Learn strategies to effectively involve parents and students in the creation of meaningful and comprehensive transition plans. Participants will receive a variety of assessment resources to use throughout the creation of the plan. Participants will also review where information fits into the EasyIEP system. Participants will leave with a variety of resources to use immediately in the creation and updating of transition plans in their district.

Using Google Tools to Strengthen Instruction
February 10, 2022
12:30 pm-3:30 pm

Explore the latest add-ons and the newest apps/extensions to take instruction to the next level. Learn about Chromebook features and tools to support student learning. Tips on everything from Hyperdocs to some lesser known Google products. Leave this session with ready to use templates you can implement in your classroom tomorrow.


Who: All Staff (District Employees and SOWIC Employees)
Where: Zoom
Zoom meeting link will be sent to the e-mail provided when registering
Cost: FREE, Professional Development Credit provided
E-mail: or Call 815-741-7777

SOWIC Spotlight is selection process that has been developed out of a desire to highlight the exceptional efforts of individuals working within SOWIC.   Such individuals stand out among their peers not only for the successful execution of their work assignments, but also because of their dedication, creativity, and actions toward improving services provided to students and families within the cooperative. 

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