Chicago Equity-Centered Innovation Forum

Recent events have brought renewed attention to aspects of our education system that don’t serve students well, particularly Black and Latinx students. 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. Research has shown promise for using innovative practices to provide more equitable learning opportunities.

Our Role

The Chicago Equity-Centered Innovation Forum (CEIF), which convened from 2021 to 2023, promoted models of personalized instruction, competency-based approaches, performance assessments, project-based learning, and other emerging innovations that provide promising education frameworks. CEIF identified, supported, and amplified models for addressing systemic inequities that are unlikely to emerge from schools making more incremental changes.

EdSystems collaborated with staff from the Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning to organize and co-facilitate 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.

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Awareness to Action: 11th Annual Success Network Conference

Join us Thursday, February 29, 2024, for the Illinois Education and Career Success Network’s 11th annual conference, themed Awareness to Action: Promoting Equity in Education and Careers. This year’s in-person, one-day conference will be held at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

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I-WIN Events

Learnings From North Kansas City: Creating an Inclusive Work-Based Learning System

Join I-WIN on Wednesday, February 21, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., to learn from North Kansas City Schools about their approach to ensuring a comprehensive and effective professional learning experience for students at every grade level, including the establishment of leadership structures and councils, operational and communication/tracking systems, teacher supports, and innovative opportunities for business-industry collaboration. 

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