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Status
Current
Location

Statewide

Supported by

The Joyce Foundation

TEAM
Founder and Executive Director
State Policy & Strategy Director
Pathways Director
Pathways Manager

PWR Act

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act, signed into law in 2016, applies a student-centered and competency-based approach to support Illinois students in preparing for postsecondary education and careers. EdSystems staff and their partners led a multi-year process to develop and enact the PWR Act in close collaboration with a broad range of education and workforce stakeholders.

Our Role

The EdSystems team have spearheaded the implementation of the PWR Act’s four key strategies:

EdSystems continues to play a major role in PWR Act implementation, particularly supporting State and local implementation efforts on Transitional Instruction and the College and Career Pathway Endorsements. At a State level, EdSystems continues driving alignment of emerging State policy frameworks to the core components and principles of the PWR Act.

One key vehicle for EdSystems’ support at the local level has been through offering technical assistance and strategic grants to Illinois Education and Career Success Network Leadership Communities and other key districts across the state. As captured in the Impact Report released in summer 2020, the Network’s Leadership Communities are driving State policy implementation, deepening and validating collaboration by using the organizing principles of collective impact, increasing cross-sector collaboration, and enhancing leadership and governance structures within their communities.

The Latest

Project

Future of Learning Coalition

The Future of Learning Coalition is an alliance working to advance an innovation ecosystem for equitable, student-centered education in Illinois to better prepare future-ready young people and empower them to realize their greatest potential.

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I-WIN Events

Health Sciences Career Exploration Event Showcase

Learn from three Illinois communities that piloted a multigenerational Health Sciences Career Exploration event this past year. These events were designed to provide information on education and career opportunities for both students and families.

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