Birth to Third Grade Continuity Innovative Strategies
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12–1 p.m.

Erikson Institute, 451 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, 60654
Polk Bros Lecture Hall, Room 201-202

Please bring your lunch.

Research has shown that high-quality care and education is critical for social-emotional and academic success in the early years and later in a child’s life. Ensuring alignment from birth to third grade is essential in creating systems and structures that support the educational experiences of children from birth to age eight.

Join us for an engaging discussion with two innovate community school partnerships as they share their work around birth-third grade alignment within the state of Illinois.

Register today!


The National Urban League and the Alliance for Excellent Education Invite You to a Webinar on Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Standards of Equity and Excellence: A Deeper Dive Into Subgroup Performance

November 20, 2019
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm ET

As a follow up to the National Urban League’s report Standards of Equity and Excellence: A Lens on ESSA State Plans, this webinar will focus on how state accountability systems are, and are not, taking into account the performance of student subgroups.

ESSA requires states to disaggregate and report data on the performance of student subgroups on all indicators in their accountability systems, including achievement in reading and math, high school graduation rates, and the progress of English learners toward English language proficiency. All states are in the process of implementing their ESSA plans and the results of the first year of states’ new accountability systems are now public, including school ratings and the identification of schools for support. As the impact of state policy choices on historically underserved students is becoming clear, it is important for stakeholders to understand the data and maintain engagement with their state and local education agencies.


  • Susie Feliz, Vice President for Policy and Legislative Affairs, National Urban League
  • Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education



Register for a Webinar on The State We’re In: A Report on Public Education in Illinois

Advance Illinois

Join Advance Illinois for an overview of the key findings in the sixth edition of our publication, The State We’re In: A Report on Public Education in Illinois. Get an inside scoop of the progress we’ve made as a state over the past decade as we look ahead to address the deep-rooted inequities that still exist, even as the state continues to serve more students from low-income families and diverse backgrounds. Learn more about where we stand as a state in Early Childhood access, K-12 growth, and postsecondary enrollment and completion. You will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q&A after the presentation.


Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 3-4 pm



Developing a Social Emotional Learning Climate in our After School Program
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 
10:00–11:30 a.m.

When developing a SEL climate, all elements of an institution i.e. discipline, classroom management, curriculum, etc. must reflect and uphold the skills and attitudes of social and emotional competence. Attendees will gain strategies on how to create safe spaces, learn creative check-ins, check-outs and participate in activities to encourage continued social and emotional learning through instruction.

IAN Trainer: Tiana Cody, IAN Trainer and Founder of S.T.A.R LLC (Strengthen Training Across Regions)



Third Annual Mastering Kids Summit

The third annual Mastering KIDS Summit welcomes all Illinois kindergarten teachers and school and district administrators for a day of learning and sharing best practices around using the KIDS tool. we encourage you to pass the invitation onto your peers and other KIDS stakeholders. To get the most out of your KIDS Summit experience, bring your favorite KIDS partner with you! This year’s Summit will focus on utilizing fall data to inspire classroom instructional practices and motivating ways to make KIDS data even more useful at the local level. The summit will feature experts from early education and play-based instruction, and will include awards and classroom giveaways!

Date: December 12, 2019—December 13, 2019


Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education

The Center for Rural Education was founded to encourage post-secondary goals for rural Tennessee students, support pre-service teaching candidates from rural areas, enhance the professional opportunities for rural teachers, and contribute to the profession with rural research. This inaugural conference is the next step in the journey to accomplish those goals. Please join them on March 24, 2020, as they explore the theme, Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education.” This one-day conference intends to foster collaboration as they pool ideas, share information, and provide tools and resources to support our rural counties.