If you haven’t heard, Education Systems Center launched a podcast last December! – Systems Sessions. In Systems Sessions, we explore big, current issues in education policy through conversations with the EdSystems team, State policymakers, and community leaders who are on the ground leading this work. While focused on the State of Illinois, Systems Sessions will bring a national and global lens to policies that prepare more young people for success in college and careers. For more details on the types of conversations we’ll be having, listen to our introductory podcast.
Our next series of episodes dives into the Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois (SEPI) initiative, a collaboration between nine communities to build streamlined teacher career pathways that begin in high school, extend into post-secondary, and continue towards initial job placement. In the first episode of this series, you will hear from our colleagues Jim O’Connor at Advance Illinois and Ernesto Matias, Chief Academic Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education, about the nature of the state’s teacher shortage and efforts to curtail it.
We will then take you across the state of Illinois to hear from 3 communities implementing an Education Pathway through SEPI: Linda Thorson and Tim Kosiek from Township High School District 214, Phil Pakowski and Kate Morris from Plainfield SD 202, and Superintendent Jennifer Gill, Cheree Morrison and Denise Petty from Springfield School District 186.