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ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement

ISDAA President - Susan Dramin-Weiss shares the news about the position. Watch video. More »


List of Superintendents

Take a sneak peek of list of Superintendents in menu of History on top of the ISDAA website (http://www.isdaa.org/list-of-superintendents/) from 1845 to now.

Who was your superintendent when you were a student?


2015 ISD Homecoming Schedule of Events


ISDAA President Susan Dramin-Weiss wants to share with you what’s going on during ISD Homecoming weekend.

Below is a schedule of events for the ISD Homecoming weekend.

Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Pre-Homecoming golf outing (10 am) Need more information about it, please contact Bob Dramin at CIDGA@aol.com
  • ISDAA Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony at Reichert Banquet Bar and Grill located at 1852 South Main Street in South Jacksonville. “Recognizing ISD’s USA Deaf Olympians”. Banquet tickets are now on sale and please contact Tonya Logsdon if you have any questions or concerns about the banquet or the event. Her email address is 5teqrose@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • High School volleyball games (11:30 am) vs. Lovejoy at Marshall Gym.
  • Homecoming Deli Luncheon (11 am to 1:30) at Thomas Officer Hall (Unit 1). Reservations along with a payment of $7.00 are required so that enough foods will be ordered to serve everyone! Please contact Elaine Cady at edl_cady@yahoo.com
  • High School football game (2 pm) vs. Minnesota Deaf.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

  • All you can eat Pancake and Sausage breakfast at Tiger Den

Other things that you need to know when you visit campus….

ISDAA Museum

ISDAA Museum will open on Friday from 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm and 4 pm – 6 pm. The Museum is located on the third floors of Main Building. (Highly Recommended)


ISDAA will have booth during football game. Stop by and say hello.

We hope you and your families enjoy your weekend. Go ISD Tigers!

Remember please respect our beautiful campus by keeping it clean.


In Memory of Pauline Braddy

It is sad to announce that Pauline Grace Braddy, 79, (Class of 1956), of Normal, IL, passed away Monday August 31, 2015 in Bloomington. She was born October 25, 1935 in Freeport, IL to John Stanley and Elta (Stanton) Remmers. She attended Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) in Jacksonville IL, where she met her husband John A. Braddy. They were married on June 16, 1956. Pauline’s faith was very important to her. She was not just a teacher of the word, but a person who lived it. Pauline was one of the founding members of the 1st Assembly of God-Deaf Church in Normal, IL. She was a song leader, member of the deaf choir, Sunday school teacher and active in the women’s deaf ministry. While Pauline and John lived in Rockford, IL she continued to be just as active at the Christian Deaf Center.

Pauline is survived by her husband John A. Braddy; daughters Susan Braddy and Patty Braddy-Reeve; grandson Chris (Kelly) Reeve and precious great granddaughter Baylee Sue Reeve. Sisters Marilyn Adams, Freeport IL and Darlene Shouer, Oregon IL and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Roger Remmers.

Visitation for Pauline will take place Tuesday, September 8 from 4-7pm at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, IL. The service will take place Wednesday, September 9 at 10am at East Lawn Funeral Home with burial to follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to 1st Assembly of God-Deaf Church, 800 E Vernon Ave, Normal, IL 61761.

ISDAA Board Meeting

ISDAA President Susan Dramin-Weiss announced that there will be ISDAA Board meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The meeting starts at 10 am.

3001 Montvale Drive
Springfield, IL.

Everyone is welcome to attend so see you there.

ISD Superintendent Vacancy Announcement


The State of Illinois

Office of the Governor

is seeking qualified candidates for the following vacancy:


Illinois School for the Deaf

Jacksonville, Illinois

The superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) performs job duties for students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing and who may have secondary disabilities, ages birth to 22.


General responsibilities include:


  • Oversight of all school administration and operations, including educational, residential, transition and related programs.
  • Setting high standards and ensuring they are met when planning, organizing and directing staff in delivering high quality educational and residential programming to promote cognitive, physical and social growth of students in compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandates and federal statutes.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with outside agencies, including the Department of Human Services (DHS), ISBE, state and local education agencies, the ISD Advisory Council, parent organizations, alumni association, service providers, national organizations and community service organizations.
  • Establishing fiscal oversight/control of school budgets including strategic and fiscal planning with the DHS Budget Division and other entities.
  • Establishing and maintaining a good, strong working relationship with the various unions represented on campus, including contract negotiations and interpreting collective bargaining rights.
  • Representing ISD, DHS and the state of Illinois at hearings, meetings and conferences and serve as liaison to advocates, community service agencies, parents and the general public on issues related to the education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Ensure ongoing curriculum development.
  • Support and promote Career/Technical Education programs within the transition curriculum.
  • Establish good communication and effective working relationships with internal and external entities, the media, legislators, etc., following proper procedures and protocol for notification to DHS administration.
  • Ensure understanding of and adherence to ISD’s mission, key policies and compliance requirements.
  • Direct strategic planning activities utilizing members of the Advisory Council, advocacy groups, key staff and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure an effective staff complement, including the recruitment, training and development, performance management, support and retention of qualified staff.
  • Enforce ethics standards for all students, staff and employees of ISD.
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality programming by the principals, director of student life  and other key administrators and staff.
  • Support staff in the continuous upgrade of curriculum, training and technical resources.
  • Promote programs and curriculum for all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing across the state.
  • Make use of, as well as ensure training and use by staff of data bases, including tests scores and their interpretation, graduation rates, transition outcomes, etc.



Candidate must have the following:


•             Current and valid credentials from the Illinois State Board of Education.

•             A superintendent endorsement.

•             Degrees in both educational administration and deaf education.

•             A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in either deaf education, the

administration of deaf education, or a combination of the two.


Experience and Knowledge:


  • Candidate must have working knowledge of the Illinois School Code or the ability to acquire this knowledge as well as working knowledge of federal statues related to special education, IDEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Candidate must possess effective communication skills, advanced abilities in signing, writing, speaking, listening as well as strong self management and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be a child/student centered leader and understand behavior issues related to disabilities.
  • Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of secondary disabilities.


This position is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and confirmed by the Illinois Senate.  Also, this position is a 12 month position and the starting salary is negotiable.


If interested in applying for this position, please send the following to Kristine Smith, Director, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 100 South Grand Avenue, East, 2nd floor, PO Box 19429, Springfield, Illinois  62794-9429 by September 30, 2015.  Information can also be sent electronically to:  Kris.Smith@illinois.gov


  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Copies of relevant certificates and endorsements
  • Copies of relevant transcripts