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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League of United Latin American Citizens honors Dr. Teresa Ramos

Dr. Teresa Ramos, Director of Community Engagement for Advance Illinois, received the Latinx Advocate Leadership Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at the 62nd Illinois LULAC Annual State Convention on Saturday, June 9, at Argo Community High School in Summit. Teresa was honored for her leadership of the Funding Illinois’ Future […]

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Brief details impact, mechanics of new Property Tax Relief Fund Pool

In a new brief, How the Property Tax Relief Fund Pool Drives Equity, Advance Illinois details the impact and mechanics of the new tax relief fund that received a $50 million investment in the state Fiscal Year 2019 budget last week. The Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) for Student Success Act (PA 100-0465) is a historic change to […]

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Advance Illinois, ISBE team up for School Report Card engagement sessions

This year, the Illinois Report Card will share more information about how the state and schools are working together to foster high-quality educational opportunities for all students in safe and healthy learning environments. What do families want to know about their children’s schools? The Illinois State Board of Education is partnering with Advance Illinois to […]

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Recap: Legislator Forum emphasizes power of communities coming together around education

Watch Full Conversation Improving schools has often been thought of as the responsibility of the education system and the school community. But when school improvement takes place through a multi-sector, collective effort, schools thrive and students succeed as a result. That was the message of the Seventh Annual Legislator Forum, which took place on April 11 at the State House Inn […]

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