Task Force on Reducing Achievement Gaps

Envisioning Change:
Improving the Educational and Developmental Outcomes
of Young African American Students in Illinois

Upcoming meetings

All meetings are held at Erikson Institute. Location and parking →

  • Early 2015: The final meeting is being scheduled. Invitees will receive an email later in January with a project update and additional information regarding the final meeting.

Task Force resources and materials

Meeting materials

About the Envisioning Change project

Erikson launched Envisioning Change as a statewide effort to close the achievement gap for African American students beginning in the earliest grades.

The effort, supported by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, seeks to focus state and local leaders’ attention and action on the creation of a practical and targeted blueprint for action.

Erikson articles about the project

About the Task Force

Erikson is convening this task force of some 40 educators, advocates, and other stakeholders to develop a statewide plan outlining specific strategies and a timeline. The group will review the latest research on the achievement gap and promising programs, practices, and policies nationwide and in Illinois.


Principal investigators for the project are Jana Fleming, director of Erikson’s Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy, and Aisha Ray, Erikson’s senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Florence Kimondo is project director.


For questions, contact Tamara Mills at [email protected] or (312) 893-7188.