Illinois Record of Service
Great Lakes West State Manager: Nick Pinchok
Illinois Pacesetter Team and Statewide Systems of Support
The Pacesetter Academy was a huge success. The capstone event of a yearlong effort to redesign the Illinois statewide system of support (SSOS) took place on June 14–17 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Illinois presented information about their statewide system of support redesign. The story began with a video that featured Abraham Lincoln (played by Fritz Klein) interviewing State Superintendent Chris Koch and Deputy Superintendent Susie Morrison. The team shared their biggest success, the impact the Pacesetter team has on the statewide system of support, how the Pacesetter work prepared them for the Race to the Top and 1003g School Improvement Grant applications, progress on the SSOS operational manual, and next steps for the state. The primary outcome of the Pacesetter work has been an operational manual, a continued work in progress, created by the cross-divisional team with assistance from Great Lakes West and intended to outline the revised Illinois SSOS.
The Academy of Pacesetting States was a yearlong initiative sponsored by the Center on Innovation & Improvement and designed to help states ramp up their systems of support by developing skilled experts in three areas: leadership, change, and instruction. It began with a five-day Academy last summer and continued with monthly distance learning and team conference calls with their comprehensive center representatives. The Academy of Pacesetting States included nine states from seven regional comprehensive centers. Illinois was one of the nine states along with Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, and Virginia.