OUR FOCUS AREAS

COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS

Scaling and strengthening College and Career Pathway Endorsements & aligned apprenticeship system; defining and implementing pathway competencies that articulate into postsecondary; and establishing a comprehensive and supportive state policy environment.

BRIDGES TO POSTSECONDARY

Steering the scaling of transitional math and English Language Arts; fostering dual credit partnerships; and building the information systems needed to inform youth of postsecondary choices, and for youth to communicate learning attainment.

DATA IMPACT AND LEADERSHIP

Strengthening state- and community-level data capacity and systems; delivering integrated data through tools for practitioners, policy-makers and youth; engaging with communities to utilize data to inform pathways and transitions into postsecondary.

Statewide

STATEWIDE

We form and lead key interagency and public-private collaborations that drive policy priorities, deepen public system integration, grow public and private financial support, and enable integrated data. Finally, we collaborate with national partners to ensure that the innovation happening in Illinois doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

COMMUNITY NETWORKS

We build networks that connect policy to communities leading implementation. Within networks, we provide deeper technical assistance, facilitation, and policy implementation support to a set of communities poised to serve as statewide and national exemplars.

Community Networks
Strategic Projects

STRATEGIC PROJECTS

We spearhead new policy and program opportunities that are mission-aligned and can lead to broader network and statewide implementation.