Blackboard, WE's policy newsletter, provides regular updates on our work to improve the college system in Illinois to ensure that adult students achieve success.



  • Jun

    RSVP to our #GetSmart Twitterstorm and More

    In this issue of Blackboard, RSVP to our #GetSmart Twitterstorm, get updated on MAP funding, and RSVP to the Pathways to Careers Network June 11th webinar on Elevating the Needs of Adult Learners in State Policy and to the College Changes Everything Conference on July 17th.
  • May

    Let's Talk Advocacy and More

    Join us for a webinar on advocacy, see how students made their voices heard in Springfield, check out the latest in our audio-conference series on developmental ed reform, and more!
  • Apr

    Taking Your Ideas for Low-Skilled Adults to the Top

    Learn how WE is helping to shape a national plan to improve the foundation skills of millions of U.S. adults and mobilizing students to call for increased financial aid funding through March for MAP. Then download new bridge program lesson plans and save the date for The Working Lunch.
  • Feb

    Help Shape a National Action Plan, and More

    Join our webinar and help us shape a national action plan to improve basic skills for American adults, download our new MAP fact sheet, check out a new policy brief on low-income working moms in Illinois, submit your session proposals for the College Changes Everything conference, and more!


  • Nov

    From Lesson Plans to Baby Photos - Many New Releases at WE

    WE's new healthcare bridge lesson plans are now available for download, plus learn about our policy recommendations on how to improve developmental education, join the fight for college affordability, and meet Mary Kay Devine's new twin girls!
  • Aug

    New Webinar Announced and Conference Updates

    Read about our recent College Changes Everything conference and what we're doing to make Pell grants more effective for non-traditional students. Plus, save the date for an upcoming conversation on creating support for wide-scale changes to Developmental Education.
  • Jun

    Legislators Respond to WE Advocacy, Lesson Plans Released, and More

    Read about our success advocating for increased MAP funding, check out our new curriculum for bridge program instructors, and learn more about our statewide survey of developmental education programs.
  • Apr

    MAP Cutoff, the White House Scorecard, and More

    In this issue, read about our March for MAP campaign, get updated on the Pathways to Careers Network, and learn about how the White House Scorecard is helping students. Don't forget to save the date for our 40th anniversary luncheon, The Working Lunch, on May 14, and the College Changes...
  • Feb

    Women Employed's 2013 Legislative Agenda Prioritizes Low-Income Students

    Join WE for our 40th anniversary kick-off event, It's Still Up to Us, learn about our next Pathways to Careers Network webinar, and read about the final report of the Illinois Monetary Award Progam (MAP) task force.


  • Dec

    Latest Meeting of the MAP Task Force is a Win for Low-Income Students

    Learn more about WE's Pathways to Careers Network, an initiative to increase college and career success for adult learners with low basic skills, in this issue. Plus, read our Vision for the Future and hear real stories of how WE is helping to create brighter futures for women.