Conference Winner Survey

posted Nov 29, 2018, 7:35 AM by Illinois Skycon

Congratulations to Andrew Thomas from Carrollton CUSD 1 for being our conference survey winner! Thank you to all who attended #ILSkyCon2018 and participated in the survey! We really appreciate everyone's feedback and have already started discussing next year's conference!

IL User Group Video

posted Nov 20, 2018, 9:51 AM by Illinois Skycon

Check out this awesome video from Skyward Marketing! It really captures the essence of the IL User Group! 

IL User Group Video

SkyCon Schedule

posted Oct 19, 2018, 7:33 AM by Illinois Skycon

Click here for the most up-to-date Conference Schedule. Any updates will be posted on the live sheet. 

Halloween Reception

posted Oct 10, 2018, 12:00 PM by Illinois Skycon   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

Conference attendees are invited to our Annual Reception. It is a Halloween theme again this year! Monday evening after the sessions, there will be a cash bar, complimentary soda & water, snacks, dancing, photo booth and a costume contest! Costumes will be judged in the following categories: Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, Punniest, Best Group, and Judges' Favorite! It's going to be a SPOOKTACULAR time! 

Conference Reminder

posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:11 AM by Illinois Skycon   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 8:12 AM ]

We hope that the start of the 2018-2019 school year has been successful for your district. It is hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of September and our conference is just around the corner.

We have been working to finalize all of the sessions and vendors for our 28th Annual Skycon conference. The members of the Illinois Steering Committee have put together a great schedule this year and we have added several sessions for all of our Qmlativ users. You can find our schedule, (subject to change), by going to the following link: 2018 Skycon Schedule

Our conference is less than six weeks away and is on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th at the Peoria Civic Center. All of the information for the conference can be found by clicking on the following link:

Just as a reminder, if your district has paid the annual dues, you are entitled to one district delegate with voting privileges and that person receives free registration. If you would like to take advantage of the discount and become a member district, you can find the membership form on our web site and there is still time to receive this great discount.

Our conference is right before Halloween and we have been planning a variety of Spooktacular events throughout the conference, including a Costume Contest on Monday at our annual reception. We look forward to seeing you at our conference.

Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended to 8/15

posted Jul 2, 2018, 7:06 AM by Illinois Skycon

Extended Deadline for submission is August 15, 2018
  • Question 1: Are you the person everyone turns to in your district with questions about how to do something in Skyward?
  • Question 2: Do you have a quick and easy work-around that would make the work day a bit easier that you would like to share?

Did you answer “Yes” to either of these questions? If so, now is your opportunity to share with your peers. If you don’t want to present alone, get someone that you feel comfortable with to present with you. We invite you to submit proposals for the 28th Annual Illinois Skyward User Group Conference to be held at the Peoria Civic Center on October 29th & 30th. Remember, this is our conference, the Illinois Users.

What do you get? Free conference registration.

Presentations will be offered as 60-minute concurrent educational sessions presented by one or two participants in a lecture-style format. About three-quarters of the allotted time will be for the presentation, and the remaining quarter for questions and answers. A variety of supporting media such as PowerPoint/Prezi presentations and/or handouts with key information is required.

We are opening the tentative conference schedule and we would like to add you to our presenter list. Go to Events and click on Annual User Group Conference.

SIS/EIS Workshop - June 14, 2018

posted May 15, 2018, 9:02 AM by Illinois Skycon   [ updated May 15, 2018, 9:02 AM ]

The Skyward User Group is again proud to host two workshop sessions featuring presenters from both Skyward and ISBE on Thursday, June 14, 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to receive training on SIS and EIS reporting directly from Skyward and ISBE representatives.

Student Information System (SIS) State Reporting will be presented from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Employee Information System (EIS) State Reporting will be presented from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Each session will review the process, providing you with the opportunity to learn which data elements need to be reported and where in Skyward those elements can be found. You will also be able to ask questions directly to ISBE and Skyward personnel who will be leading the sessions.

We are happy that we can provide this event with a minimal registration cost. Boxed lunches will be provided for participants. 

Registration fees are as follows:
Member Districts - $20 – (including lunch)
Non-Member Districts - $60 – (including lunch)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center – Bloomington/Normal
8 Traders Circle, Normal, IL

For those needing overnight accommodations, a block of rooms is being held. Workshop room rate of $96/night plus tax. Reserve Online using Promotion Code: SKYWSP 

If you are calling the hotel to book, use Promotion Code: SKYWSP @ 309-862-0101 or 1-800-333-3333. The block will be held until May 17, 2018.

We Need District Presenters!

posted Mar 29, 2018, 7:19 AM by Illinois Skycon   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

We are looking for District Presenters for additional sessions at  the Fall Conference.  Do you have a time saving technique or a process that works well for your District?  Please share it with us during a session and we will give you a Free 2-day Registration for the Conference.

Application Deadline for Presenter Applications is June 13, 2018.
Click Here to download the Presenter Application or Click Here to Submit Online

Click here to view the full page on our conference

iCon Registration Ends February 2, 2018

posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:20 AM by Illinois Skycon   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 8:28 AM ]

Registration for Skyward's 2018 iCon: Passport to the Future ends February 2, 2018! 


To see what's in store, view this preliminary agenda. We've got some great presentations scheduled to fit all interests!

At iCon 2018, Passport to the Future, you will embark on a K-12 journey of discovery. During your travels, you'll discover emerging trends that will assist your district in becoming more future-ready. Whether it's cutting costs, saving time, or simply doing more with the information in front of you, we're here to help you be more effective, day in and day out.

Check out the highlights for the 2018 conference:

Location -- The 2018 Skyward iCon will be held at the beachfront TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The TradeWinds Island Resort is a wonderful conference facility that allows conference attendees numerous advantages. Some of these perks include:

  • Close proximity of guest rooms to all conference functions
  • Business Center and internet use
  • Concierge Desk
  • On-site dining
  • Extended networking opportunities with other conference attendees
  • And much more!

Session Selection --
 Attendees will have the ability to choose which sessions they would like to attend in advance with their registration process. This allows us to make sure adequate seating and one-on-one sessions are available for attendees.

Registration Process -- 
To make registration as smooth and easy as possible, online registration allows you to edit information at a later date.

NOTICE: Group rate extended stay options are now unavailable. In addition, room block at the TradeWinds Island Resort is now full. There are rooms available under Skyward 2018 iCon at the Guy Harvey Outpost (a TradeWinds Island Resort property), which is approximately a five-minute walk from the conference hotel. 

Conference Schedule -- 

Wednesday, March 7 ---- 2:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 ---- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, March 9 ---- 8 - 11:30 a.m. 

Join us for the hospitality event on Wednesday evening from 6 - 7:30 p.m., providing a great opportunity for attendees to connect with Skyward executives and other customers from around the world.

For more information on the conference, visit our iCon website.

Registration ends on February 2, 2018.

iCon Call for Presenters

posted Oct 3, 2017, 6:34 AM by Skycon User Group

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Call for District Presenters now open!

Does your district have limited funds to send you to educational conferences? Submit a Call for Presenters proposal and, if selected, your iCon registration fee will be waived! 

The Call for Presenters is now open, and Skyward invites you to submit a presentation topic on SMS 2.0 or Qmlativ. This year, the theme for iCon is Passport To The Future. Session topics should focus on utilizing tools within Skyward that: 
  • Highlight how attendees can meet emerging trends using the next generation of education technology
  • Discuss automated and customizable workflows to take efficiency to the next level
  • Uncover ways to optimize budgets, reduce costs, and improve accuracy to build a better business office
  • Expand the accessibility of information to students, parents, and teachers
  • Improve outcomes by harnessing the power of data-driven decisions

To submit your proposal, download the call for presenters form.


For more information on the conference, visit our iCon website.

Register before December 15, 2017 and save!

Registration ends on February 2, 2018.

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