Illinois 60 by 25 Conferences

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Register Now for our next annual conference on February 25-26, 2020, at Elgin Community College.  This year we will explore the importance of collaboration for driving student and community success.  The conference will showcase the excellent work happening across Illinois and provide new opportunities to strengthen relationships across sectors.

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Preliminary Agenda

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Keynote Speakers

Amy Loyd, Ed.L.D., is a vice president at JFF (Jobs for the Future) and oversees the organization’s programs that drive transformation in education and workforce development to promote economic advancement. In her work with JFF, Dr. Loyd guides state and regional systems-level leaders in developing and scaling effective and sustainable policies, infrastructure, and practices that support learners and workers and lead to equitable outcomes—particularly through cross-sector partnerships and college and career pathways. She also serves as the executive leader for JFF’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is an expert in change management and adult development. Prior to joining JFF, Dr. Loyd led a public-private partnership network of K-12 schools in an urban district providing culturally responsive education and wraparound services to Alaska Native and Native American students and their families. She worked at the U.S. Department of Education on policy and state capacity building and as a peer reviewer consultant. Dr. Loyd also was the founding director of a prisoner reentry residential education and workforce development social enterprise, and she was a high school math teacher and family advocate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics from St. John’s College and a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also is an adjunct faculty member and teaches a policy and management class on using pathways to increase opportunity and equity in education.

Kyle Hartung is an associate vice president at JFF. He leads and oversees bodies of work that build the capacity of cross-sector stakeholders—state and regional policymakers, leaders in K-12 and postsecondary education, non-profits and CBOs, employers and industry, and economic and workforce development—to design strategies and systems that support economic advancement for youth and adults and that provide access to skills and credentials needed to launch, re-enter, or advance in meaningful careers. Prior to JFF, Kyle spent 20 years working as a teacher, leader, consultant, and researcher in public K–12 and higher education settings, most recently as a researcher with Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILa) at Harvard’s Project Zero and as a consultant for Envision Learning Partners. His areas of expertise include college and career readiness, education-industry partnerships, work-based learning, secondary and postsecondary alignment, adult learning, and mixed-methods research. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from the University of Illinois-Urbana, master’s degrees in education from The New School and Harvard University, and a doctorate in educational leadership, policy, and practice from Harvard University.






• State Policy Updates from the Field including Postsecondary and Career Expectations, Transitional Instruction, Dual Credit, and College and Career Pathway Endorsements
• Tools to Support Postsecondary Planning
• Backbone Organizations and Governance in Collective Impact
• Lessons Learned from Collaborative Efforts in Early Childhood Education
• Eliminating Equity Gaps on the Road to 60% by 2025
• Evidence Based Practices for Improving Individual and Organizational Decision Making
• Value-driven Stakeholder Engagement & Coalition Building
• Using Data to Tell Stories and Inform Decisions
• Asset Framing in Action
• Tools and Tactics for Implementing High-Quality Work-Based Learning
• How Communities Are Addressing the Teacher Shortage Issue


Modeled after the popular TED talks, the conference will include Flash Talks. These talks are dynamic 15-minute sessions that are designed to highlight key issues, best practices, and thought-provoking ideas.  This year’s topics include:

• Illinois and the Future of Work
• The Illinois State Perkins Plan


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Northwest – Elgin. The block guest room rate is $112.86 (including taxes). To take advantage of our conference room rate, be sure to click here for the link to make your reservations by January 25, 2020.




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