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  • 2018

    ISBE and ICCB Hold Perkins Listening Sessions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will host a series of regional meetings to present information and gather input on how to strengthen career-connected learning for all students in Illinois. Feedback from business, community, and educational leaders will inform ISBE's five-year plan for career and technical education (CTE) in the state.

    ISBE and ICCB are requesting feedback to improve CTE program development and evaluation so all students graduate with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive in their chosen path after high school. The federal reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act contains opportunities to increase students' industry connections, better align education and workforce systems, strengthen teacher and faculty pipelines, increase success of underserved students, expand dual-credit partnerships, support innovative practices, and broaden the reach and scope of guidance counseling.

    The development of the five-year plan coincides with other statewide efforts, including Illinois' competency-based learning pilot, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, Postsecondary and Career Expectations framework, college and career pathway diploma endorsements, and multiple-measure definition of college and career readiness for accountability.

    Stakeholders can submit feedback via email to and learn more at

    WHAT: Opportunity for business, industry, community, and educational leaders; students; and families to inform Illinois' five-year plan for career and technical education

    WHO: Hosted by ICCB Director of CTE Whitney Thompson and ISBE Director of Curriculum and Instruction Marci Johnson


    • 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Dec 4. at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills

    • 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Dec. 6 at Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield

    • 5-7 p.m., Dec. 10 at Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center, 401 N. 30th Street, Mt. Vernon

    • 5-7 p.m., Dec. 12 at Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin

  • 2018

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Observed annually, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This day is an opportunity to recognize and advocate for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. It is important to be aware of this as there are people with disabilities in all walks of life from politics to the workplace and in our culture.

    This year, the theme is Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality. In order to foster and encourage a welcoming society for all, it is important to recognize that those with disabilities contribute greatly to all aspects of our society and world. Learn more about, endorse, and share the charter for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at this site.

    Learn more about this event's history, resources, and how you can help today at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities website.

    Be sure to check out the following Illinois workNet resources to help you or someone you know who has a disability: