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PD Takeaways


Watch your GPA -- GOALS / PLAN / ACHIEVE

1st impression is important!  

During an interview:

  • play up your values
  • it's important to "sell" yourself - tell stories & use facts 
  • stress that you always finish what you start
  • job shadow
  • your NAME is your most valuable asset

BEHAVORIAL SKILLS are soft skills - these can equal DOLLAR$

  • Diligence - NEVER DO LESS
  • Organization (manage your time and your money)
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Accountability (take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR actions)
  • Relationships
  • $peak well (good grammar) 


Executive Director, Illinois HOSA
April Sonnefeldt
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President, Illinois HOSA Board of Directors
Karen Calligaris
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National HOSA Lieutenant on Competitive Event Team for Health Profession Events category
Karen Aldworth RN
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IHOA President
Mary Spata RN
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Illinois HOSA website

Illinois State HOSA Spring Leadership Conference
March 13, 14 & 15, 2019

BOS Convention Center, Springfield
1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield

Wyndham Springfield City Center
700 E. Adams Street, Spring


National HOSA Leadership Conference

June 19-22, 2019
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, Florida


National Pediatric Cancer Foundation


2/22/19 Northern Region “Winter” meeting from 11am – 2pm
              Prairie State College
              202 S. Hallstead Street
              Chicago Heights
              RSVP before 2/18/19 to Rebecca Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 708-709-3691

4/12/19 Annual CNAEA Conference from 8am – 4pm
              Northfield Inn & Suites
              3280 Northfield Drive
              To Register: visit

Upcoming Events

1/24/19                 Stop the Bleed at LaSalle-Peru Area Career Center

2/13/19                ESSA Conference at Sheraton Hotel, Chicago

2/13-15/19          IACTE Conference at Marriott Bloomington/Normal Conference Center

Hope to see you at the ACTE Conference February 14 & 15, 2019 Be sure to check out our Health Science Breakout sessions!

o      How do you handle emergency & non-emergency events in your classroom?!?

o      Learn how to use your data to make pivots in your curriculum that will improve student outcomes!

o      Update on MyCAERT health science technology lesson plans.  Learn what is NEW

2/15&16/19        ILCTE ICR Exemplary Teacher Leadership Conference at Jumer’s Chateau, Normal

2/19&20/19        Stop the Bleed at Capitol Area Career Center

2/22/19                CNAEA Winter Northern Region meeting at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights

3/1/19                   VALES Conference in Sugar Grove

3/5/19                   Mental Health Conference as a Pre-Conference to the Connections Conference, Tinley Park Convention Center

Don’t move this from home page – I had to make some updates:  Below is the most current information


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tinley Park Convention Center 

18451 Convention Center Drive

Tinley Park, IL.

FREE all- day Professional Development

ü  Trauma Informed Care (ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences)

ü Toxic Stress / Educator Self-Care

ü Culturally Responsive Classrooms

ü  Social Emotional Learning Support

In & Out of the Classroom

The research from the Kaiser Permanente study on ACEs is clear and compelling. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have far reaching impact within our communities and our schools and is noted to be a public health crisis.  Attend this session to review the brain science behind ACEs and explore concepts and frameworks to apply universally that will assist in building more resilient students. At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a strengthened understanding of the ACEs research in order to positively impact student academic and social outcomes. Also, participants will learn strategies for practicing self-care to manage their compassion fatigue as a result of caring for others. Finally, participants will learn strategies that will assist them in building the positive relationships necessary to help students succeed to the best of their abilities.

8 PD hours available

7:30 a.m. registration

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PD sessions

LUNCH will be provided


3/6&7/19             Connections Conference at Tinley Park Convention Center

3/6/19                   Stop the Bleed at Connections Conference

3/12/19                IACTE CTE Showcase Day at Illinois State Capitol Building

3/13-15/19          HOSA Spring Leadership Conference in BOS Center, Springfield

4/12/19                Annual CNAEA Conference at Northfield Inn & Conference Center, Springfield

4/26/19                Health Science Research Symposium at Illinois State University

6/7/19                   ILCTE ICR Conference at Illinois State University Alumni Center

6/10&11/19        ILCTE ICR Summer Academy at Northern Illinois University Conference Center, Naperville

6/12-14/19          Region III ACTE Conference in Lisle

6/17&18/19        ILCTE ICR Summer Academy at IEA Professional Development Center, Springfield

6/19&20/19       ILCTE ICR Summer Academy at Mount Vernon High School