OneGoal + ISBE

Partnership

The Illinois State Board of Education and OneGoal are collaborating to offer a statewide solution for postsecondary success. Illinois is using $7.5 million in federal funds to bring OneGoal’s strong, equity-focused, postsecondary planning expertise to districts and schools across the state at no cost to partners.

We partnered with 30 IL district to strengthen their overall postsecondary readiness. Additionally, we are looking for new districts to engage with our Postsecondary Leadership Network.

What will this look like for schools and district leaders? You’ll take your postsecondary outcomes to the next level. Join a supportive community of experts and peers working to eliminate equity gaps. Assess your school or district’s postsecondary readiness. Define a path to high-impact improvements that’s tailored to your needs. And move forward with expert guidance—every step of the way. The end result is system-level improvements that lead to better student outcomes.

How It Works

When you join the Postsecondary Leadership Network you’ll embark on a 3-4 year path to improvement.

  • Identify Your Unique Needs
    Your journey begins with an expert assessment of your district’s college and career support based on in-depth conversations with you and your team and data analysis. The result: a clear picture of your strengths and opportunities. OneGoal coaches are experts who bring deep subject-matter knowledge and years of hands-on experience.
  • Define a Focused Plan
    The next step is to map out a path to improvement, tailored to your unique needs. Support at this stage also comes from our team of experts. The process is engaging, inclusive, and grounded in constituent engagement.
  • Learn And Discuss With Peers
    As your plan takes shape, you’ll join a cohort of peers. Together, you’ll dive into key topics related to postsecondary readiness. You’ll also have a chance to compare notes and support each other on the path to improvement. These meetings occur six times per year for 3-4 years.
  • Coaching And Implementation Support
    Assessment and planning happen during the first year of your 3-4 year journey. After that, our team will provide regular coaching as you implement your plan. They’ll also help you refine systems related to postsecondary data. Meanwhile, support from your cohort of peers will also smooth your path to progress.
  • Expanding Your Impact
    As your 3-4 year journey draws to a close, the focus shifts to empowering others and scaling impact. Our team will help you share the lessons learned with others in the system.


Your membership in the Postsecondary Leadership Network doesn’t expire when your 3-4 journey ends. You’ll stay connected to the experts and peers who were part of your journey. You’ll continue to have access to the latest postsecondary success resources. And you’ll be able to share the wisdom of your experience with other educators.

Schedule a meeting with OneGoal staff to learn how your district can become part of the Postsecondary Leadership Network.

STEP 1

Application +
Selection

  • OneGoal engages in interest conversations with potential partners
  • Interested districts apply
  • OneGoal reviews applications
  • Application Review meetings scheduled
STEP 2

Application Review + Partners Announced

  • Application Review meetings held with interested districts
  • OneGoal and districts discuss partner expectations, time commitments
  • Districts confirm partnership leadership team
  • District-level MoUs are signed
  • Partners Announced
STEP 3

Program
Launch

  • Partnership Launch meetings held with each district to discuss shared vision and hopes for partnership
  • Rubric assessment training with key stakeholders is scheduled
  • Monthly coaching sessions begin
  • First postsecondary school improvement collaborative session is held
  • District level goal-setting conversations

What Our Districts Say

With OneGoal’s program, we can see our students’ progression after they leave high school. I love numbers and data, and we’re gathering information to help drive our instruction. The timing of this partnership is perfect, because the vision-setting work puts our district in a forward-thinking position as we head into the summer.

Nicole Webb
Instructional Coach
Cahokia High School

ISBE sponsoring the opportunity to partner with OneGoal, coupled with the timing of our new vision and roadmap for the district, made a timely match. OneGoal’s curriculum and student achievement goals align well with our roadmap and their outside perspective and validation have been great assets. Our partnership has given us tools to approach and solve some of our difficult challenges.

Mike Treece
Director of Curriculum
Dupo CUSD 196

The most helpful parts of working together with OneGoal is having dedicated time to analyze data and their thought leadership in helping us understand how we can support our students to strive towards graduation and career advancement and take advantage of opportunities at both Harlem and beyond.

Jacob Hubert
Director of Secondary Education
Harlem SD 122

FAQs

How does this fit into my district’s strategic plan?

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We are not here to create new work for you. Rather, our team helps leaders organize, strengthen, and create coherence across their existing postsecondary readiness work. Our coaching team of former school and district leaders has sat in your seat and know how to provide thought partnership and collaboration to help focus and elevate your work.

How long will ISBE fund a partnership between OneGoal and my district?

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This opportunity provides funding for districts to participate in OneGoal’s Postsecondary Leadership Network through summer 2023. From there, OneGoal will partner with you to help identify funding sources, including Title 1 and Title 2 budgets and local philanthropy.

Is my district obligated to pay any costs after the 2022-23 school year?

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Absolutely not. Our Postsecondary Leadership Network is designed as a cumulative, three -year partnership. It provides deepened support year after year and offers additional opportunities, like the adoption of our Classroom-Based Model. However, there are no requirements past the 2022-23 school year and it is up to each district to choose how they would like to build the partnership.

To address funding barriers, OneGoal is working with ISBE to identify additional funding for districts interested in continuing the partnership for the 2023-24 school year. Additionally, we have applied to IL-Empower as an Approved Learning Partner. We also help partners locate funding streams within their Title 1 and Title 2 budgets that may support a sustained partnership.

What district and school level roles are typically a part of this work?

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Typically, we work with principals, assistant principals, counselors and district level leaders such as Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors/Directors of Secondary or Student Services.

What are the time commitments?

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We generally ask teams for a commitment of approximately four hours per month to meet with our coaching team and another 2-3 hours every other month to participate in our cross-district communities of practice spaces. Zoom fatigue is real and so our team is committed to showing up in person to ~50% of touchpoints.

Tell me more about the data included in this partnership.

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Our collaboration with ISBE grants us access to National Student Clearinghouse data. At the start of a district partnership, leaders receive a unique, district-specific dashboard displaying insights about the postsecondary stories of their graduates. This data explores questions like:

  • How many alumni are enrolled in an out-of-state institution vs. in-state?
  • Which institutions are they attending?
  • Are there trends that correlate student demographics with the postsecondary path they pursue?
  • What percentage of my students are persisting one-year after enrollment?

Let’s Connect

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