The future of learning starts now

The Future of Learning Coalition is an alliance of organizations working to advance an innovation ecosystem for equitable, student-centered education in Illinois to better prepare future-ready students and empower them to realize their greatest potential. 

Together we can help Illinois build the groundwork for encouraging and supporting districts interested in using innovative, equity-focused teaching and learning strategies.

Why now

The Coalition believes that students in Illinois deserve an education that equitably:

  • fosters individual leadership and agency; 
  • empowers each student to solve problems with critical thinking and creativity;
  • exposes every young person to ambition-fueling ideas and opportunities; and 
  • prepares them to compete and lead in our 21st Century digital economy. 

School districts across Illinois zip codes must shift the way students learn: away from antiquated time- and place-based systems and toward a modern, future-forward, student-centered, “learn everywhere” system.  

Our focus

Through a shared lens of racial and socioeconomic equity, with a whole-child focus, coalition members are pursuing four specific areas. Under the banner of the Coalition, partner organizations—in an organized, ongoing and evolving series of district outreach and education efforts—will share and promote their research, initiatives, programs and especially innovative school and educator case studies in these focus areas.

Advancing Innovative Models

We will advocate to expand innovative models, such as the current Competency Based Education pilot program, and seek to eliminate barriers to new education models. We will promote new and emerging education practices, publicize existing flexibility, and support districts implementing innovative learning models.

A Balanced System of Student Assessment

We will work to shift the Illinois accountability assessment culture from one that relies solely on standardized tests to one that more broadly integrates high-quality interim assessments that are district-selected and provide teachers with actionable data to improve teaching and learning, in comprehensive areas including academic competency, social-emotional development, and 21st-century skills.

Borderless Learning

We will increase opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of traditional school building and seat-time constraints, including community-based and workplace settings.

Teacher Advancement

We will support pre-service and current teachers in building their capacity to both engage in innovative practices themselves and to lead systemic change that encourages innovation.