Virtual Summit


Join Us for a Virtual Community Systems Summit

Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12

Overview

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.


Approach

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.

Monday June 8

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

Shift Your Systems: How Your Library Can Advance Equity Work

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Catherine Almendinger

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Elizabeth Bird

Your public library is a key partner in community collaboration, engaging families, and advocating for kindergarten readiness. Libraries are shifting systems thinking to ensure the library and its materials are equitable, inclusive, and community driven. The public library has a unique relationship with young children and their caregivers that can have a meaningful impact on your collaboration’s goals. The Glen Ellyn Public Library, Skokie Public Library, and Evanston Public Library will share how their local early childhood collaborations have advanced community equity through their partnerships with the public library.

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

Collaborating for Alignment: How One Community Comes Together To Meet Children's Needs At Birth And Beyond

Heather Duncan
Heather Duncan

John Borrero
John Borrero

Laura Crawford
Laura Crawford

Shannon
Shannon Ellison

Jennifer Little
Jennifer Little

Representatives of the Collaboration for Early Childhood in Oak Park Illinois will share the journey of a successful partnership building organization. Panelists will reflect upon the struggles and triumphs of supporting families and the early childhood workforce in a deeply engaged community. The session will conclude with round table discussions to provide participants the opportunity to discuss solutions for improving early childhood outcomes across the state.

Tuesday June 9

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Attend Session

The Early Development Instrument: A Shared Data Set Generating Community Change.

Jaclyn Vasquez
Jaclyn Vasquez

Rebecca Halperin
Rebecca Halperin

This workshop includes an overview of the Early Development Instrument, a panel discussion with members of EDI communities and an interactive Gallery Walk. Panelists will describe the ways in which their organizations have engaged with the data and how the process includes building bridges between diverse stakeholders. The Gallery Walk allows participants to practice an inquiry based data dive.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

Equity at Work: An Introduction to Tools for Creating Change with Communities.

Levi Bae
Levi Baer

How can we build more equitable policies and processes? This workshop provides an introduction to the Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA), a framework for involving community in co-creating equitable outcomes. Content will include a brief background to the REIA as a tool and practice, discussion on the values of the tool, a light simulation, and guidance for next steps..

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Attend Session

Serving Priority Populations through the Continuum of Home Visiting Services

Kayla Goldfarb
Kayla Goldfarb

Joanna Su
Joanna Su

This workshop will invite participants to apply lessons learned from home visiting innovations to better serve priority populations, focusing on child welfare and justice system-involved families, as well as families experiencing homelessness. This presentation will highlight critical racial inequities in maternal and infant health, and explore how referrals to and from home visiting can empower families and connect them to vital community resources.

Partner Plan Act and Illinois Action for Children

Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute

Wednesday June 10

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

Building a System of Collaboration for Children

Amanda Christensen
Amanda Christensen

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Samantha McDavid
Samantha McDavid

This session will outline the objectives of the DeKalb County Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative that were devised to improve the system that supports the family as the child's first teacher. The strategic plan was designed to be a comprehensive and systemic approach to bridging the gaps between the early learning world, the K-12 world, and the greater community.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Attend Session

PreK-K Transitions: A Community-Wide Model

Jaclyn Vasquez
Jaclyn Vasquez

Heather Duncan
Heather Duncan

Susannah Levine
Susannah Levine

Research indicates that there is a strong correlation relationship between a supportive, successful kindergarten transition and kindergarten achievement. Participants will learn about an innovative transition model that engages an entire community over the course of a school year and will leave with a transition plan outline to take back to their district. The communities of Altgeld-Rivedale and Oak Park will share their journey and work to date.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Attend Session

Communicating Your Early Childhood Data Story

Brenda Koenig
Brenda Koenig

Keith Hollenkamp
Keith Hollenkamp

Pictures are worth a thousand words! Putting together data pictures to tell a story builds understanding across systems, and can help guide community planning to promote equity and access. This workshop will show you strategies for visualizing the early childhood landscape in your service area through an equity lens using data found on IECAM's website and beyond. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops to this session.

Thursday June 11

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

Making Connections: The Power of Positive Communication

Edward Manuszak
Edward Manuszak

Attendees will learn strategies of how to open and successfully maintain communication regarding their work with schools and other early childhood stakeholders. The presenter will share partnerships he has developed and how these have benefited Early Childhood Education throughout the nation. Specific ideas involving ways to communicate (i.e. elevator speeches, and learning to speak the language of the heart, etc.) will all be discussed in more detail.

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration Closed

Registration for this session is full, but you can still join the wait-list.

The Key to Social Emotional Development, Learning and Competency

Antoinette Taylor
Antoinette Taylor

The key to social emotional development, learning and competency as it relates to children is dependent on its understanding by families, educators and administrators across early childhood education and care environments. This interactive session will help partners align definitions and synthesize evidenced based practices that promote social emotional development, learning and competency.

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Attend Session

Keynote Address | Ijeoma Oluo

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This year, our conference title is Equity from the Start: Shifting from Intentions to Outcomes. We want to continue the conversation around racial equity and ensure that it is explicitly embedded in all of the work we do.

To help us with that discussion, author Ijeoma Oluo joins us as the conference keynote, best known for her book, So You Want to Talk About Race.

Friday June 12

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Attend Session

Closing Panel | What Does an Equitable Early Childhood System Look Like and How Do We Achieve It?

Levi Baer
Levi Baer

FaKelia Guyton
FaKelia Guyton

Sergio Hernandez, Jr.
Sergio Hernandez, Jr.

Tiffany McDowell
Tiffany McDowell

Jamilah RJ ordan
Jamilah R Jordan

The Partner Plan Act conference will close with a panel featuring representatives from state agencies and local communities and moderated by Chicago United for Equity (CUE).