This is the eighth year in which CEC and SMART Learning Systems have collaborated to offer the Illinois SMART School Academy for the purpose of training district teams in the application of the SMART School Improvement Process. While this Academy is well undersay, if you would like to participate in the next Illinois SMART School Academy, please contact Perry Soldwedel at CEC using the information below.

Training dates:

August 9 and 10, 2017

September 27 and 28

November 29 and 30

April 11 and 12, 2018


Participating teams are coached by a certified SMART Master Coach between the training sessions and following the final training session in April, 2018.


Each Academy participant receives 2 books, PowerPoints, instructor guides, participant manual, coaching style inventory, access to an online collaborative space and continuing membership in the growing SMART Network. The Academy has been approved for Illinois Administrator Academy credit.


The cost of the year-long Academy is $3200 per participant. The Academy is designed to build internal district capacity; as a result, district teams include 2 or more representatives.

Contact for inquiries and Academy literature:

Perry Soldwedel at CEC via


This Academy is presented by SMART Learning Systems and The Consortium for Educational Change