Statement on the Governor’s Budget Address

The below statement can be attributed to Robin Steans, President of Advance Illinois: “Gov. JB Pritzker’s address today solidifies his promise to invest in all students statewide. We applaud him for ensuring that investment in public education is the state’s top priority. Investing in the entire continuum of education— early childhood through career— will begin […]

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Statement on ISBE’s Solutions to Address State’s Teacher Shortage Crisis

Sept. 13, 2018 The Teachers for Illinois’ Future Coalition supports ISBE’s proposed recommendations to end the state’s teacher shortage crisis, as stated in their “Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms” report. The recommendations align with our coalition’s core principles which we use to evaluate proposals. Our principles are as follows: 1. Ensure students have the […]

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Postcard from Singapore: Elevating teaching in a well-funded, aligned system

By Jim O’Connor Project Director Advance Illinois Full funding. Alignment from the early grades through career. An elevated and modernized teaching profession. These are all aspects of the education system in Singapore, where I visited late last year with a group from Teach For All’s Education Policy Community of Practice. While there, we met with […]

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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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