August 2021

As summer is winding down and we are embracing the hustle and bustle of a new school year. We are excited to see everyone returning to campuses across Illinois. The ICSPS team and I have been busy this summer planning engaging professional development! The Forum for Excellence registration is open, and we’re delighted to provide both virtual and in-person options for attendees. The TIPPS (Training on Instructional Practices for Postsecondary Success) pilot wrapped up and ICSPS will be launching two cohorts to support colleges as they engage with the curriculum.
ICSPS is your partner in supporting your students as you prepare for the fall semester. Visit our website for learning opportunities on topics such as special populations support, universal design for learning, service integration, trauma informed practices, TIPPS, and more.

We look forward to seeing you both in person and online throughout the year.

Aime'e Julian, PhD
Director, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

The 2021 conference offers both virtual and in-person options to allow for full accessibility. If you choose to attend in person please know all IDPH and CDC guidelines will be followed and social distancing will be in place to make the conference as safe as possible. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Forum for Excellence.

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier professional development event. The conference highlights the continuing partnership of Career, Technical, and Adult Education in Illinois. The Forum is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support and the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center.

Pre-Conferences Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Postsecondary Perkins Administrator Cohort
Adult Education Administrators' Meeting
Forum for Excellence Conference (Virtual or In-person) 
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, September 24, 2021, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM 

Act Quickly - the room block closes 8/31/21!
Throughout August, ADVANCE CTE is sharing tools and resources to help CTE leaders navigate the challenges to overcoming equity and access barriers. States have a responsibility to identify and dismantle historical barriers and construct systems that support each learner in accessing, feeling welcome in, fully participating in and successfully navigating their career journey.

The P-20 Council has developed the Learning Renewal Resource Guide. The Guide details a set of opportunities to invest in learning renewal. It isn't meant to be read from cover to cover, but to be used as a reference to quickly find information that informs planning - especially as it relates to federal relief spending decisions.

The White House recently released a fact sheet detailing how the Build Back Better Plan will help boost education and workforce opportunities by ensuring postsecondary education is accessible and affordable and building the capacity of existing workforce development systems.

Students who are also parents face unique challenges when walking back into the classroom. Parenting students are also at greater risk of dropping out of programs compared with their non-parent peers, especially if they are between ages 18 - 29. Recent research gives some helpful insight into their experience and outcomes.

Looking for ways for your programs to help women who are interested in nontraditional fields? Check out these resources for help with recruitment strategies.
WIOA Wednesday Webinars

WIOA Webinar to Present a Fiscal Toolkit
August 13, 2021 at6 10:00 - 11:30 am

A Hire Calling - Re-entry Employment
August 18, 2021 at 10:00 - 11:30 am

The Multi-Generational Workplace
August 25, 2021 at 10:00 - 11:30 am

August 3 Was Black Women's Equal Pay Day

August 3 marked the day how far into 2021 Black women, at 63 cents on the dollar, must work to be paid what white men were paid in 2021. The historical legacy of the racial wealth gap in combination with the women’s wealth gap leaves women of color with the least amount of wealth. A recent study by the Asset Funders Network shows that the median wealth of Black women is only $200.