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These are Challenging Times for Illinois Public Schools
Illinois advanced landmark reforms in recent years to improve instruction for the 2 million students in public schools. Yet the drain of state resources threatens to derail progress, hamstring academic opportunities and unravel the basic education needed to prepare Illinois students for today’s world. Illinois confronts a financial crisis that threatens its very solvency.
How Illinoisans – whether policymakers or parents, teachers or taxpayers – respond will shape the next generation of students.
Learn more about the funding of education in Illinois and alternatives to proration in Funding Expectations.
National Expert Sandra Alberti Talks Common Core State Standards
In April 2013, Advance Illinois co-sponsored a series of presentations by Dr. Sandra Alberti of Student Achievement Partners on the Common Core State Standards now in Illinois classrooms. In three separate events, Ms. Alberti spoke to educators, parents and Illinois legislators, addressing how these learning standards were created, how they are different, and what they mean for our students in our state.
Almost 400 district leaders, educator program faculty, and staff gathered in Arlington Heights where Sandra provided insight into the key instructional shifts all educators should know about and discussed top actions educators can take right now to implement the standards. Click below to watch a video of the event, including a presentation by Dr. Susie Morrison, Deputy Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education and a question and answer panel.
Click below to watch a video of the Arlington Heights presentation or click here for selected video segments and presentations.
In Oak Park, 180 parents and educators listened to Ms. Alberti talk about the Common Core State Standards and what they mean for Illinois children. Click below to watch a video of this presentation, along with the candid question and answer session that followed.
Click below to watch a video of the Oak Park presentation or click here for selected video segments and presentations.
Learn more about the Common Core!
Visit www.CommonCoreIL.org for family and educator resources and a library of real stories from real people talking about the Common Core.
Leading for Early Success: Building School Principalsí Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education
A new publication by the National Governors Association (NGA) titled Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education highlights the work done in Illinois around the new P-12 principal endorsement in describing how governors can build effective school leadership to promote high-quality P-3rd education.
Early Childhood Teachers Adapt to Common Core
Learning how to construct written arguments...is an important element of the new Common Core State Standards, set to begin phasing in next year. Last year, Dumas Elementary was one of 35 schools that became "early adopters" of the standards and were given money to pay for substitutes while teachers worked on model lesson plans aligned to the standards. The lesson plans became the basis for curriculum guides.
Illinois Programs Look to Train Current, Future Workforce
A cornerstone of Illinois' economic development success is the quality and depth of its workforce...The Illinois State Board of Education announced in 2012 that Illinois is among six states that will participate in the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a coalition that aims to increase the number of high school graduates who attain a post-secondary credential with value in the labor market. "The goal is for high schools, community colleges, technical colleges, and colleges and universities to start offering more of these curricula that lead to these hot careers in Illinois," says John Rico, chairman of the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.
ACT to Start Giving Tests Digitally
Starting as early as spring 2015, the ACT college admissions exam will go digital, reflecting students' tech savvy and the demand for quicker results. The tests will still have the familiar multiple-choice options for college hopefuls but they will also expand to include interactive portions, such as a simulated science lab for students to conduct experiments or space for students to explain concepts in their own words.