Recent events have brought renewed attention to aspects of our education system that don’t serve students well, particularly Black and Latinx students. Both the shortcomings of remote instruction and the civil unrest sparked by police brutality have shone a spotlight on deeply embedded, systemic problems and inequities in our schools. To tackle them, we need to learn from models that are doing more than tinkering at the edges of structures that have underserved students for decades. Recent research has shown promise for using innovative practices to provide more equitable learning opportunities.
The Chicago Equity-Centered Innovation Forum (CEIF) promotes models of personalized instruction, competency-based approaches, performance assessments, project-based learning, and other emerging innovations that provide promising education frameworks. CEIF identifies, supports, and amplifies models for addressing systemic inequities that are unlikely to emerge from schools making more incremental changes.
EdSystems organizes and, with OCCS staff, co-facilitates forums where implementers of innovative models in secondary education can share best practices and strategize toward solutions, receive support and guidance from national experts, and learn about implementation models from other Illinois districts and other states. Related resources are available in the CEIF Resource Hub.