Upcoming Learning Opportunities

1. Register today for an engaging webinar led by Ashley Long, co-director of the Illinois Birth-to-Third (B3) Grade Continuity Project. The Birth to Third Grade Alignment/Continuity Webinar will take place on March 15, 2018 12:00 PM. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5769686551171330817

The Illinois B-3 Project was created to strengthen communities’ ability to develop a high quality, intentionally aligned education system from birth through third grade. This is accomplished through one or more B-3 approaches led by a team of community stakeholders. This workshop informed participants about the B-3 strategies and highlighted why it’s important to ESSA implementation.

2. The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning provides free, state-approved professional development to Illinois licensed educators for license renewal purposes. All workshops and webinars are also Gateways Registry approved. The program is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education professional development grant for Preschool for All programs, and preference is given to these programs.

Register here: http://www.eclearningil.org/

Authentic Connection: Working Alongside Diverse Families with Diverse Needs, full day at The Center in Arlington Heights 2/21/18, 9am to 3:30pm

Authentic Connection The Center follow up Webinar 3/5/18 4-5:30pm

Let’s Learn Together to Support Purposeful Father Engagement 3/14/18 with The Center in Homewood 9am to 3:30pm

Reflecting Together Father Engagement The Center Webinar 4/4/18 4-5:30pm

Innovations in Overcoming Enrollment Challenges The Center Webinar 4/9/18 4-5:30pm

Save the Date

Illinois Action for Children’s 21st Annual Public Policy and Advocacy Conference
April 9-10, 2018

Spring Into Action 2018 is a unique, statewide collaboration experience for early care and education providers, educators, parents, and childhood advocates. Participants will delve into key legislative issues through just-in-time policy-oriented workshops and visits to the state capitol. Attendees will also have plenty of opportunities to expand their networks and connect with other Illinoisans who are deeply concerned about early childhood care and education.

Click here to buy tickets, learn about lodging, explore pictures from past events, and view the agenda!

Illinois Action for Children’s Annual Partner Plan Act Conference will take place June 12, 2018 in Bloomington-Normal!
Details to follow this month.

Past Events

June 13, 2017 – Partner Plan Act Conference
Partner Plan Act 2017 Agenda
Engaging School Districts in Early Childhood Collaborations Toolkit
Workshop A 2017: Peer-to-Peer Conversations
Workshop B 2017: Engaging Local Collaborations in Advocacy
Workshop C 2017: Using Data to Understand and Address Community Needs
Workshop D 2017: Moving towards Sustainability: Maximizing Funding Opportunities
Workshop E 2017: Tracking Outcomes through Benchmarking Strategies

March 28-29, 2017 – 20th Annual Spring Into Action Conference
Our conference brought together early care and educational professionals, advocates, parents, educators, and providers around the state to participate in policy-focused workshops that support members in their advocacy efforts.  We welcomed Dr. Stephanie Bernoteit, Senior Associate Director for academic affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, as our opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, March 28, 2017! Dr. Bernoteit’s keynote address focused on the importance of aligning the early care and education system with the K-12 education system. Attendees gained an increased awareness and understanding of the value and opportunities for alignment between the two educational systems.

June 16, 2016 – Partner Plan Act Conference
The Consortium for Community Systems Development’s Partner, Plan, Act Conference provided local collaborations, state systems leaders, and early childhood stakeholders shared strategies for community systems development and discussed ways to sustain community systems development initiatives in Illinois.

PPA Conference slides 2016 FINAL
Conference Participant 2016 Training and Technical Assistance Systems Scan
Presentation on Community Systems Development
Workshop A 2016: Measuring Community Impact – Using Data to Share Your Story
Workshop B 2016: Breaking Down Silos – Collaborating for Greater Impact and Intake Form
Workshop C 2016: Families as Leaders – Parent Cafe Tips and Parent Cafe Agreements
Advocacy Insights 2016 

Past Webinars

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