Impact Report

From 2013 to 2020, Leadership Communities drove State policy implementation, increased cross-sector collaboration, and enhanced leadership and governance structures within their communities.


Our Leadership Communities Dashboard helps:

  • Analyze regional information on education and workforce system characteristics,
  • Track progress on postsecondary education attainment and education-to-career objectives, and
  • Benchmark community efforts against state averages.

Additional Resources

Advance Illinois
Policy Overview
Education Systems Center
Online Resources
Research & Reports

What’s a Good Job or Career?

In the May 2021 convening of the Student Advisory Council, Juan Jose Gonzalez of Education Systems Center at NIU introduced the concept of the living wage and shared resources for learning more about career opportunities that meet the living wage threshold.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Hear about the strategies and resources East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 are using to support the needs of students and community members as they deal with challenges related to COVID-19, racial unrest, and adjusting to remote learning.