The Second Annual 60 by 25 Conference took place January 14th-16th in Aurora. The event hosted educators, education administrators, community leaders, and business leaders to learn about community strategies to advance their efforts to meet the statewide goal of 60% of adults obtaining a postsecondary credential by the year 2025. This conference centered around the idea of collective impact, the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem.
The keynote speakers from the event included: Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute, Luzelma Canales of Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Focus, and Jennifer Juster from FSG. These keynote speakers spoke on the idea of collective impact and community involvement, lead breakout sessions, and spent one on one time with communities to aide in the development of action plans and discuss next steps. Education Systems Center partnered with Advance Illinois and Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to organize the conference as well as lead breakout sessions throughout the conference. The picture to the right shows keynote speaker Paul Born delivering a speech on collective impact in communities.