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Systems Sessions

Systems Sessions

By Education Systems Center at NIU
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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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.
July 08, 2021
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.
July 01, 2021
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.
April 14, 2020
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.
April 14, 2020
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.
March 10, 2020
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.
March 10, 2020
The Dual Credit Landscape: The Lead-up to the Model Partnership Agreement, and an Exemplary Rural Model
Systems Sessions explores how access to dual credit is being supported with the Model Partnership Agreement (MPA). Marcus Brown, Senior Director for Academic Affairs with the Illinois Community College Board, joins to discuss the current landscape of dual credit and the Dual Credit Quality Act. Josh Stafford, Superintendent of Vienna High School will also join us to describe how a rural community in southern Illinois has provided extensive access to dual credit and the impact of the MPA. 
December 09, 2019
The Model Partnership Agreement: Behind the Scenes with the Dual Credit Committee
Our first episode of Systems Sessions dives into the work of the State of Illinois Dual Credit Committee to develop the Model Partnership Agreement. This Agreement guides local partnerships between school districts and community colleges to expand and support quality dual credit access and offerings. We will hear directly from members of the Dual Credit Committee about the development process and how this Agreement is shaping dual credit delivery across Illinois.
December 04, 2019
Introduction to Systems Sessions
Education Systems Center has launched a podcast! In this episode of Systems Sessions, learn more about the conversations we'll be having with the people behind the work that shapes the lives of young people through supporting pathways to a productive career. Listen in now to join the conversation!
December 03, 2019