ESSA Conference

ESSA Conference2020-03-25T13:04:15-05:00

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference

February  2021
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Chicago, IL

For more than two decades, the Annual Statewide ESSA Conference has brought together educators from across Illinois to share information about their creative, effective and replicable classroom and school practices.  It also highlights national and state education policies and programs.  The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning collaborates with the Illinois State Board of Education and other education organizations in the planning and presentation of the program.

The ESSA Conference’s intention to provide constructive conversations for effective practices that lead to improvements for all students in all communities in the state. Some sessions at the conference will be presented by ISBE professionals on the details of the ESSA State Plan. Equally important, however, are the conference emphases on personal teacher/student interactions, school policies, and educational strategies that enhance achievement and growth across the curriculum.

ESSA 2021 is being held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 301 E North Water St., Chicago, IL 60611.

The Sheraton Grand Chicago is a 4-star venue in Chicago offering beautiful rooms overlooking Navy Pier Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.


Hotel guests and conference participants may self-park in the Sheraton garage at the daily rate. There are also lots nearby and it is within a 20 minute walk of the LaSalle “L” (Blue Line) subway station.

Proposal submission has ended for the 2020 ESSA Conference. Keep an eye on this page for when submissions will be accepted for the 2021 Conference.

Highlights of the 2020 Conference

Complete conference program – a PDF of the complete daily schedules of sessions and events


How do I Take Notes Within The Crowd Compass Attendee Hub App2020-01-24T12:40:28-06:00
  1. Find your Event Item. After logging in, find the session, speaker, or attendee you’d like to create a note about by tapping on the appropriate icon in the Event Directory, then scrolling through the item list. Once you’ve found the item you’re looking for, tap on it. 
  2. Write your note. Tap the pencil icon to bring up a blank page and your keyboard. Enter your thoughts, observations, and ideas. Tap done when you’ve finished.

 …Then Export Them 

  1. Navigate to My Notes. Tap the hamburger icon in the top right, then My Notes. Here you’ll find all the notes you’ve taken organized by session. 
  2. Choose where to send your notes. Tap the share icon in the top right and CrowdCompass will automatically generate a draft of an email that contains all your notes. All you have to do is enter an email address, and then tap Send.
I’m Not Receiving Emails From the Event, What Could Be the Problem?2020-01-24T12:41:07-06:00

If you haven’t received your information regarding the event in your email, one likely culprit may be your spam filter. We try to tailor our email communications to avoid this filter, but some emails end up there anyway. Please first check the spam folder of your email. The sender may be listed as CVENT or CrowdCompass. 

What sponsorship, advertising, and exhibit opportunities are available?2020-01-24T12:41:42-06:00

There are various sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please contact Yvonne Baginski,

When is the exhibitor space open?2020-01-24T12:42:10-06:00

Exhibitor registration is open when conference registration opens.

How to create your own schedule with Crowd Compass Attendee Hub2020-01-24T09:33:42-06:00
  1. Open the Schedule. After logging in, tap the Schedule icon.
  2. Browse the Calendar. Switch days by using the date selector at the top of the screen. Scroll up and down to see all the sessions on a particular day.
  3. See something interesting? Tap the plus sign to the right of its name to add it to your personal schedule.
How do I access Crowd Compass?2020-01-24T12:42:45-06:00


On an iOS device, access the App Store and on an Android device, the Play Store. Search for CrowdCompass AttendeeHub. Once you have found the app, tap either Download or Install. After installing, a new icon will appear on your home screen.  Open the AttendeeHub app and enter: ESSA 2020


Open any internet browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari) on your computer, smartphone, or tablet and go to 

If you want to see uploaded files or create an agenda, you will need to log in.


Do I have to use Crowd Compass Attendee Hub?2020-01-24T12:43:04-06:00

No. We offer Crowd Compass Attendee Hub as a convenient way for attendees to navigate the conference program and to reduce paper use at the conference. We do recommend it, however, as communications will be sent out via these app to notify you of any session changes.

What is Crowd Compass Attendee Hub?2020-01-24T09:34:48-06:00

Crowd Compass Attendee Hub is the online conference program.

When will session information be available?2020-01-23T14:26:53-06:00

Session information will be available on Crowd Compass Attendee Hub approximately a week before the event.

Will I receive an Evidence of Completion of Professional Development?2020-01-24T09:35:38-06:00

Conference participants are required to sign-in and sign-out electronically each day of the conference in order to receive an ISBE Evidence of Completion form. The number of professional development hours for each day is listed on the Evidence of Completion form. It is the responsibility of conference participants to submit attendance information through ISBE and to keep the Evidence of Completion form for your records. If you have any questions, please stop by the registration area.

What services are available for special needs and requests?2020-01-24T09:36:35-06:00

Please contact Silvia Rogel at 224-366-8555 or email to for information about special needs and requests.

Is it possible to attend only one day of the conference?2020-01-24T09:37:18-06:00

Yes, you can register for one day or multiple days of the conference. Please note that your registration is valid only for the days and badges will be actively checked throughout the conference to ensure that participants have registered properly.

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