9 episodes

Systems Sessions, the new podcast from Education Systems Center at NIU, explores 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. We look forward to having you join the conversation!

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Systems Sessions, the new podcast from Education Systems Center at NIU, explores 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. We look forward to having you join the conversation!

    Designing College and Career Pathways: Lessons Learned from CPS

    Designing College and Career Pathways: Lessons Learned from CPS

    In this episode of Systems Sessions from Education Systems Center at NIU, Pathways Director Juan Jose Gonzalez and External Relations Manager Sarah Clark talk with CPS administrators on their vision for college and career pathways across the district and how they're piloting new Model Pathways. Hear from Principal Michelle Flatt of South Shore International College Prep, which is piloting the new Model Pathway for Health Sciences. Then, we'll talk with Office of College and Career Success Chief Michael Deuser, Director of Career and Technical Education Sarah Rudofsky, and Executive Director of Early College and Career Education Alexandra Vlachakis on the district's goals and how they are working with schools to implement new pathways.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Designing College and Career Pathways: Lessons Learned from D214

    Designing College and Career Pathways: Lessons Learned from D214

    In this episode of Systems Sessions from Education Systems Center at NIU, Pathways Director Juan Jose Gonzalez and External Relations Manager Sarah Clark visit District 214 for a closer look at their unique process for building and refining college and career pathways. Hear clips from the district's Pathway Advisory Team Meeting as administrators, teachers, and community members ideate opportunities for improving their pathway offerings, plus an interview with D214's Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Laz Lopez and Director of Academic Programs and Pathways Megan Knight.

    • 30 min
    The Illinois 60 by 25 Network: More Voices from the Community

    The Illinois 60 by 25 Network: More Voices from the Community

    In the next episode we take you to two additional Illinois 60 by 25 Network Leadership Communities. We’ll hear from Sydney Stigge-Kaufman, Director of Strategic Partnerships in East St Louis School District 189 and from Dr. Darryl Hogue, the Superintendent of River Bend school district in the Fulton area in northwestern Illinois.

    • 29 min
    The Illinois 60 by 25 Network: Background and Voices from the Community

    The Illinois 60 by 25 Network: Background and Voices from the Community

    Our next series dives into the Illinois 60 by 25 Network, a collaborative of communities across the State driving improved outcomes for young people. Network Organizers are Advance Illinois, EdSystems, & the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. In this episode, you will learn background on the Network & hear directly from Brent Baker, Director of Workforce Solutions at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

    • 37 min
    Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois: On the Ground with Leading Communities

    Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois: On the Ground with Leading Communities

    In this final episode of the Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois series, we will 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.

    • 54 min
    Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois: Tackling the Teacher Shortage

    Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois: Tackling the Teacher Shortage

    Our next episodes dive into the Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois initiative, a collaboration between 9 communities to build streamlined teacher career pathways that begin in high school. In the first episode, 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 state’s teacher shortage and efforts to curtail it.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

Oliver West ,

Great Podcast

Overall it’s a really informative podcast. Jim O’Connor is a great guest! His take on education in Illinois and what he’s doing is amazing. Hope that he’s on again!

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