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Annual events

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. The next Legislator Forum will take place in Spring 2018.  Read more | Event video | Event photos

Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference

Career pathways and aligning the education system were among the topics at the 5th Annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference, which took place February 6-7, 2018, in Bloomington. More than 200 attendees representing all corners of Illinois came together for two days of learning, resource sharing and inspiration. The Illinois P-20 Council’s 60 by 25 goal is to ensure 60% of Illinois adults have a postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025 (Illinois currently stands at 50.1%). This year’s conference’s theme was Scaling for Impact, with an eye toward expanding cross-sector collaborations and furthering innovation in local communities. Conference speakers emphasized equity and providing educational opportunities that will lead to ongoing success in careers and life for all students. Read more | Event photos | Humans of 60 by 25 video

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

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