Speaker and Expo Events

  • Registration
  • Location @CCIU Educational Service Center
  • Contact: Karissa Lookingbill, Director of Professional Learning
  • Building a Community of Leaders | Act 45 Program

    Principal Study Council 2024-2025 This four-part professional learning series supports instructional leaders and their school-based leadership teams as they design learning environments that represent the uniqueness of both staff and students in their schools. Designed as a professional learning community experience, participants will engage in ways to elevate their culture and community by encouraging everyone to see themselves as a leader. School-based teams will learn practical strategies and frameworks to create school spaces where they lead from a core set of values to address the biggest challenges facing our schools.

    Key Details

    • Virtual Kickoff session with Jimmy Casas: Thursday, September 12, 2024, 3:30 to 4:30 PM
    • October 22, 2024, December 3, 2024, February 6, 2025, and April 2, 2025
    • 40 Act 45 PIL Hours pending approval
    • Jimmy Casas, author and educational leadership consultant
    • Rachel Kutney, CCIU Educational Consultant, Restorative Practices
    • Principal Networking 

Jimmy Casas

  • Jimmy Casas
    Owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates

    Session Topics
    Building a Community of Leaders
    Building Capacity for the Future 

    About Jimmy Casas
    Jimmy served twenty-two years as a school leader. He is a best-selling author, speaker, leadership coach, and a state and national award winning principal. Under Jimmy’s leadership, Bettendorf High School was named one of the best high schools in the country three times by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. JImmy was named the 2012 Iowa Principal of the Year and was runner-up NASSP 2013 National Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Pledge. Finally, in 2015, he received the Bammy Award for the National Principal of the Year.


Rachel Kutney

  • Rachel Kutney, Educational Consultant, CCIU

    Session Topics
    Honoring your Core Values and Leading Your School
    Building Relationships to Promote Accountability

    About Rachel Kutney
    Rachel is a Social Emotional Learning and Literacy Consultant with CCIU. She has fifteen years of experience as a Mid-Level Language Arts Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Instructional Coach. During her time in the middle level Rachel was trained as a Restorative Practitioner. Much of her current work at the IU surrounds sharing this work and helping districts implement Restorative Systems that foster proactive relationship building as well as conflict resolution. Rachel has a passion for keeping things fun, engaging, and challenging for all learners.