ISBE Student Advisory Council

Illinois State Board of Education

ISBE’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) is one of our most important programs for elevating student voice. The SAC is composed of a diverse group of motivated and engaged high school students from across the state who act as student advisers to the State Board. ISBE deeply values diversity of experience on the council. This group of students have the opportunity to see the State Board’s policymakers in action and work with them to provide student perspectives and concerns on the state’s education policies. Selected students participate virtually and attend meetings in Springfield throughout the school year.

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Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Education Policy Fellowship.

This highly selective leadership opportunity is for outstanding Illinois early childhood educators looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the early childhood profession. Early childhood educators will expand their influence without leaving the classroom, and receive a $1,600 stipend for their commitment. No prior policy experience required. Applications are due May 10. Please reach out to Sinthu Ramalingam at with additional questions.

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.

Register Now for the National Freshman Success Institute!

Join the Network for College Success for seven days of powerful learning with teams of educators from across the country at the National Freshman Success Institute.

Read all the details here.

2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Nomination

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) thanks you for investing your time to nominate a great family educator for the 2020 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. NCFL and Toyota initiated this partnership 24 years ago to recognize the teachers in the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process. School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination.

Following a careful review of the selection criteria, please complete the online nomination form. You do have the option to fill in individual sections, save your incomplete entry, and return to your initiated application form at another time. All required sections must be completed before submitting your nomination.

Please submit your nomination no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, June 26, 2020. For assistance or questions, please contact Angel Chichester at