Employment Opportunities: Senior Community Engagement Associate

Advance Illinois is looking for strong candidates to apply to join our team as the Senior Community Engagement Associate. We are committed to hiring someone that has a strong commitment to equity, background in working with diverse stakeholders, and elevating voices of communities marginalized by the policy making process.

Some key skills for the job:

  • Facilitation and consensus building with stakeholders of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to cultivate relationships, and build community leaders
  • Ability to learn and communicate complex issues to stakeholders
  • Community Organizing, Engagement, or Outreach experience highly encouraged

For more information, visit the link at Advance Illinois Senior Community Engagement Associate Position

Integrating Culturally Responsive Data Literacy into Schools and Classrooms

2 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 15

Join REL Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar on how to integrate culturally responsive data literacy into practice. The concept, which merges culturally responsive pedagogy with data-driven decision making, plays a key role in promoting equitable instruction. It also provides insights into students’ cultural identities and experiences so that their differences can be acknowledged and leveraged for learning. Linking culturally responsive practices to data use and data literacy can inform continuous improvement and help customize instruction to meet students’ needs. This webinar will build educators’ awareness of and capacity for using data with an equity lens and provide tools and resources for integrating it into practice. This webinar is for practitioners, administrators, state education agencies, researchers, and professional organizations. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.

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Location: Virtual Meeting

Education as a Civil Right

This event will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m. Central on September 14.  

Registration is free.

For many years, President Bush has described education as an urgent civil rights issue in America.  As the 2020-21 school year begins, we’ll be joined on video by historian Lonnie Bunch, who was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the current Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute; and in-person by Jamila Thomas, SVP of Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Dallas, former director of the Dallas Independent School District’s racial equity office, and a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich will discuss the state of civil rights in America and what’s at stake for our country if we don’t ensure a quality education is accessible for all.

Creating Caring School Communities: Decolonizing Harmful Practices, Disrupting Push Out, & Advancing Liberation in Our Schools

The topic of this year’s Institute is about re-establishing schools as caring communities by dismantling institutionalized practices that interrupt successful schooling experiences for historically marginalized populations and supporting the development of a framework to promote success for all students.

Dates:  10 a.m. September 29–4:30 p.m. September 30 (ET)