Seventh annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference

Hosted by Advance Illinois, Education Systems at NIU, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

This year our conference will be looking at working together to improve student and community outcomes through an equity lens. Please join the discussion on the value of collaboration as a pillar to collective impact in achieving true transformation and getting closer to achieving the 60 by 2025 goal. Attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on their role in achieving systems level change and walk out with tools and strategies to use in their own communities. Sessions will highlight the Illinois PaCE Framework and dual credit, tools for higher education planning, backbone organizations and governance in collective impact, and collaboration in early childhood. Our 2020 conference will showcase the great work happening in 60 by 25 communities across the state, as well as work happening at the national level!

Visit the Illinois 60 by 25 Network website to learn more about the network and conference.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8 a.m. – Wed, February 26, 2020, 1:30 p.m. CST

Elgin Community College: 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois 60123


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.

2020 College Changes Everything Conference

Join us on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the 10th annual CCE Conference – the state’s preeminent annual college access and success and career readiness event. This is a one-day conference that focuses on effective practices and showcases the programs and services available to help with increasing college access and college completion for students in support of the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Call for Proposals: Due Friday, February 28, 2020 

The Conference Planning Committee is making a call for interest session proposals for the 2020 conference. We encourage you to help make this conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing with your colleagues your best practices, perspectives, and knowledge. The online session proposal form is available on the conference website. A key strength of the conference is its bringing together a diverse audience from across the state to focus on educational opportunity and student success: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors, and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; employers and workforce development professionals; and policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education and career readiness. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state’s goal.

The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

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