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By S. Rogel


   Annual Statewide ESSA Conference
The annual ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was held in Chicago on February 10 – 12, 2020 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel.  This year’s conference theme, “The Equity Imperative,” reflected the importance of promoting practices that improve student academic outcomes for communities across the state.
We worked hard to bring you exceptional speakers including State Superintendent Carmen Ayala and Chief Executive Officer for CPS Janice Jackson (Monday). Jason Leahy, Executive Director of the IL Principals Association, and Chip Donohue, Founding Director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute (Tuesday), and Robin Steans, President of Advance Illinois (Wednesday).  Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and exhibited at our annual conference – your presence makes it a success!!


We are an approved IL-EMPOWER learning partner!
The IRC is now an approved IL-Empower learning partner. IL-EMPOWER is a statewide system of differentiated supports and accountability to improve student learning, purposely designed for capacity development to leverage schools’ strengths to meet student needs. We are excited to further develop our work with schools and school districts across the state to meet the developmental, academic, physical health and social-emotional needs of each and every child. Be on the lookout for updated information as we embark on this exciting initiative.  For more information, click here.
A groundbreaking study by the UChicago Consortium on School Research shows that most ELs become proficient by fifth grade. More Info