The Pathways Resource Center plans, hosts, publicizes, and participates in multiple events throughout the calendar year in order to advance the goals of the Illinois Pathways Initiative. Upcoming events, along with supporting materials, can be found here.

Curriculum Evaluation for the Improvement of STEM Programs of Study – Webinar

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 10:00-10:30 a.m. CDT

Recently, the Pathways Resource Center produced a new module, Curriculum Evaluation for the Improvement of STEM Programs of Study. It complements the Pathways to Results (PTR) process and is meant to guide educators through a series of steps as they evaluate and improve their STEM curricula. The module also includes several templates.

The webinar is designed especially for Race to the Top educators and their partners (e.g., Learning Exchanges, Education for Employment personnel) in mind, yet is open for anyone to attend. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and craft evaluation questions
  • Identify evaluation criteria
  • Effectively secure support for the evaluation, and
  • Develop, organize, and present findings

Joel Malin, who authored the resource, will provide an overview and some tips regarding its use. He will also be available to answer any questions.

Register here to attend.


Individualized Learning Plans Workshop

A workshop for counselors presented in collaboration by the Pathways Resource Center and the Des Plaines Valley Region Education for Employment System.

October 7, 2014
Triton College, 
B Building – Rooms B204/210
2000 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171
8:00 AM: Coffee & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM: Workshop

Individualized Learning Planning is an active, student-center process that builds student career and college reaching through guided career exploration and development plan. this interactive workshop is designed to provide counselors with the knowledge, skills, and tools to implement or enhance individualized learning planning process for their students and to use the data collected in this plans in their programs of study development. This workshop will include:

  • A framework for individualized learning planning processes,
  • Individualized planning processes resources and systems,
  • Practices that support individualized learning processes, and
  • Guidance on utilizing data collected through the process to inform the implementation and development of programs of study.

This a free workshop for personnel from Race to the Top districts. Space is limited and registration is required. We encourage interested districts to register as soon as possible, because once capacity is reached the registration will be closed and interested counselors will be place on a waiting list.

Registrations will be accepted through September 22, 2014
 OR until the event has reached capacity. 

Please RSVP to Denise Yanek at
as soon as possible to secure your seat.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact Heather Fox at


Engaging Students in Career Pathways Though Individualized Learning Plans
Forum for Excellence
Springfield, Illinois
September 23 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) and career pathway development are the result of a student-centered process that recognizes each student’s individual characteristics, interests, and goals, and is reflective of the student’s learning environment. ILPs are one part of a comprehensive school-counseling program that supports students’ growth and achievement by engaging students in a planning process that includes self-reflection, career exploration, goal setting, and planning. This session begins with an overview of ILPs, providing attendees with a solid understanding of a) what an ILP is, b) who it benefits, c) what components should be included, and d) when these components should be introduced. One school’s experience with ILPs will be shared, highlighting how they expanded upon their curriculum map to support ILP development. Finally, attendees will participate in an interactive activity designed to highlight successful practices that support transition from high school to community college use by those present. Presented by Heather Fox and Holly Ravitz.

Illinois Career and Technical Education Enrollments by Gender and Ethnicity
Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) Symposium
Bloomington, Illinois
October 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We examined the distribution of Illinois high school students’ enrollments in CTE programming for the 2012-13 school year, by career pathway and career cluster. We paid special attention to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) CTE programming due to its current policy emphasis in Illinois and across the nation. We found significant gender and ethnicity-based inequities in certain pathways and clusters and found more equitable patterns in others. Of concern, student enrollment in courses fitting within STEM pathways include substantially greater male than female participation (64.1% male vs. 35.9% female), whereas other pathways show the reverse enrollment pattern (45.0% male and 55.0% female). With respect to ethnicity, we found that all subgroups except White students are underrepresented in CTE programming in general. Moreover, when we limited our focus to STEM CTE programming we found the underrepresentation to be exacerbated for all but Asian students. We contextualize these results within the literature surrounding workplace equity and U.S. CTE enrollments. Considering implications for policy and practice, we recommend heightened focus and goal setting, placing enrollment equity front and center, both at local and state levels. Presented by: Joel Malin, Don Hackmann, and Asia Fuller Hamilton

Using Individualized Learning Plans to Support Students’ College and Career Readiness
IASA Annual Conference
Springfield, Illinois
October 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are the result of a student-centered advising process that typically is initiated at the middle level, continuing into high school and ultimately into
postsecondary education. ILPs facilitate students’ career exploration and help ensure that they complete rigorous course sequences that fully prepare them for college and career success. This session describes the ILP process, shares ILP examples, and explains how school district personnel can use disaggregated data from ILPs to identify emerging career interests of students, determine future course needs, and assist the faculty with adjusting the curriculum and instructional practices to support students’ career interests. Presented by Don Hackmann.

 Please visit our Archived Events page for a full listing of past events.