Statement on the Release of Preliminary School Discipline Data

The following is a joint stakeholder statement on the Illinois State Board of Education’s release of preliminary school discipline data. July 19, 2018 Yesterday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) took another step towards understanding our students’ learning environment with the release of preliminary data on school discipline, i.e. expulsions and suspensions. Now that […]

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Postcard from Helsinki: Understanding teaching in a high-performing system 

By Jim O’Connor Project Director Advance Illinois  Over the last year, I was honored to be part of Teach for All’s Global Community of Practice in Education Policy.  As part of this community, we traveled to and learned from schools and education leaders in Finland, which is known for its high-performing schools and is widely regarded as having a high-quality teaching force. […]

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Another Sterling example of education-workforce collaboration

Editor’s note: Gail Wright, College and Career Readiness Coordinator at the Regional Office of Education #47, which serves Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties, wrote to provide us an update on Workplace Wednesdays. The initiative is another in the burgeoning MORE (Making Opportunities Real for Everyone in the Rock and Mississippi River Valleys) regional effort to […]

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Postcard from Sterling: Closing the gap between the education system and employers

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series as Advance Illinois travels the state during its 10th anniversary year. Read the previous installment of the series, from North Chicago, here. By Bob Dolgan Communications Director Advance Illinois  Jake Knapp was just out of high school when he started his job assembling hair clippers and trimmers at Wahl […]

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Teaching Summit a day of learning and creating

Nearly 100 teachers, advocates and policymakers came together on June 2 in Oak Park for the Elevate Teaching Summit: Ensuring an Effective Education in Every Illinois Classroom. The Summit was aimed at informing Teach Illinois, a year of inquiry into the teaching profession launched by the Illinois State Board of Education. The event was presented […]

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