Join Us for a Virtual Community Systems Summit
Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12
Illinois Action for Children along with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, The Center, and the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are going to miss seeing you all in person for the Partner Plan Act Conference this year. However, we are looking forward to convening with you during our virtual summit, Equity from the Start: Shifting from Intentions to Outcomes.
As the state moves forward with its vision of every child in Illinois entering kindergarten healthy, safe, eager to learn, and ready to succeed, it is critically-important that we acknowledge that the system is currently not serving all children and families equitably.
Consistently, children of color and children from low-income households and other marginalized groups, achieve success in school and in life at rates that are far lower than those of white and middle to upper-class households.
Good intentions are no longer enough. We need to look at outcomes, not intentions, and deeply examine how we can change our systems to better serve those who need the most support. Participating in Equity from the Start: Shifting from Intentions to Outcomes will help you discover effective strategies for moving that that direction.
We would like to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to the Partner Plan Act Conference advisory committee: Trish Rooney, Penny Smith, Libby Mitchell, and Fakelia Guyton.
We define racial equity as both an outcome and a process.
- As an outcome—We achieve racial equity when race no longer determines how one fares in society; when everyone has what they need to thrive, no matter where they live.
- As a process—We apply racial equity when those most impacted by structural racial inequity are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the institutional policies and practices that impact their lives.
Each of the engaging and actionable sessions described below will be presented with a racial equity lens aimed at defining the processes that will lead us to achieving these outcomes:
- People, including people of color, have what they need to be owners, planners, and decision-makers in the systems that govern their lives.
- Resources, opportunities, rewards, and burdens are fairly distributed across groups and communities so that those with the greatest challenges are adequately supported and not further disadvantaged.
- Past and current inequities are acknowledged and accounted for, and all people, particularly those most impacted by racial inequities, are provided the infrastructure needed to thrive and participate.
- Systems and policies that affect children and families are consciously designed, reframed, or eliminated in a robust and dynamic process to promote greater justice.
- Everyone benefits from a more just, equitable system.
We encourage you to fully participate with an open heart and an open mind. Come as you are—leave transformed.
Keynote and Panel Discussion
New York Times best-selling author, Ijeoma Oluo, will deliver a powerful keynote address on Thursday, June 11 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. On Friday, the closing panel will offer participants a chance to hear from leaders at the state, regional, and community levels.
Registration and Gateways/ISBE CPDU's Information
You must register for each session separately by clicking on the "Attend Session" buttons listed with each session.
Gateways credits will be provided to all participants, so be sure to include your Gateways Number or associated email address with each session that you register for.
Folks needing ISBE CPDUs will receive a link during the session.