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Advance Illinois regularly sponsors and collaborates on events. In addition, we promote other education-related events.

KIDS webinars: September 14 (1-2 p.m.) and September 22 (9-10 a.m.)

Advance Illinois and The Ounce of Prevention invite members of community and education advocacy organizations from around the state to join an upcoming webinar to learn more about KIDS – the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey – which is being implemented statewide by ISBE this fall. KIDS is an observational tool designed to help teachers and families deepen their understanding of each student’s skills and development.

On the webinar, you will have the chance to learn about the KIDS tool, view the latest resources, and hear how communities across Illinois are utilizing KIDS to better identify what individual children already know and the areas where more support is needed as each child transitions into kindergarten. You will also receive resources that you can use to communicate with your members and partners about this important initiative.

Register here for September 14 Webinar

Register here for September 22 Webinar

Event recap 11/30/16: Advance Illinois presented the findings of Every Student Counts: The State We’re In 2016-2017 at the City Club of Chicago. Presenters included Ginger Ostro, Executive Director, and Board Members Bill Daley, John Edwardson and Sylvia Puente. View the video

Annual events

Educator Leadership Institute

The Educator Leadership Institute, or ECET2, brings teachers together to focus on advocacy and how teachers can use their voices to change the education policy conversation in Illinois. ECET2 offers a depth of skill-based sessions for teachers to partake in to improve and practice their advocacy expertise. The most recent event took place in October 2016 in Springfield. Read more

Legislator Forum







This annual event brings together 36 education advocacy organizations, state legislators and other education leaders for a conversation about pressing topics in the education sector. The most recent Legislator Forum took place March 14, 2017, in Springfield and featured guest speakers such as Ryan Smith, Executive Director, Education Trust-West, and State Superintendent Tony Smith. Read more | Event video | Event photos