Chicagoland Chapter

The geographical areas served consist of Cook, Du Page, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois, and Lake, La Porte, and Porter counties in Indiana.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP

Round Table Discussion

Monday, November 8, 2021
4:00 – 5:00 pm Central Time

Location: Hybrid, virtual via Zoom or VS America Showroom #1167 (11th Floor) Merchandise Mart, Chicago
*Mask required in Showroom and the Mart

COVID Relief / ESSER Funding

Round table discussion around ESSER funding and how the funds can be used to support your buildings and physical environments to support the student and teacher wellbeing.


Dr. RJ Webber
Dr. RJ Webber
Novi Community Schools
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. RJ Webber has been a passionate ally and advocate for students and teachers his entire career. He has a focus upon instructional design, curricular design, and social justice that creates space for all stakeholders to reach their potential. In 1991, RJ earned the Alma College Jerry Smith African Teaching Fellowship, committing to a year of teaching at the Mayflower Junior School in Ikenne, Nigeria. It was in Nigeria that RJ began to understand the importance of the educational environment and instructional design.

At Novi Community School Distrcit, RJ has led a community wide approach to social justice efforts that focus upon student and educator voice. He has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Oakland Schools, and the Novi Community to offer training in culturally relevant instruction.
Steve Barr
Steve Barr
Oak Park School District
Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Steven Barr has dedicated 26 years of his career advocating for K-12 education. After working in public accounting after graduating from Michigan State University, Steve worked in the Utica Community Schools, Troy School District, Macomb Intermediate School District, Novi Community School District and also the City of Farmington Hills prior to his current assignment in Oak Park Schools. In addition to being a leader in school finance, he feels strongly about the positive impact that agile furniture has on teaching and learning. He co-led the implementation of flexible furniture in all classrooms in the Novi Community School District beginning in 2015, with Dr. RJ Webber.

FREE to attend. Please RSVP.


Must register by November 7. The link will be sent out to virtual attendees on November 8.

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