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Alignment A-Team Work 

Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) is all about bringing the best thinking in the community to bear on issues that affect the overall wellness of District U-46’s children.

To that end, ACE is made up of Alignment Teams structured around School District U-46 Strategic Plan. The members of the teams bring diverse perspectives — small non-profit, public school, city government, public health, higher education, large non-profit, and the business community — to create the most aligned, strategic tactical plans to achieve very ambitious goals.



Get Involved


The first step in becoming involved in an ACE initiative is to review our current Invitations to Participate (ITPs), which provide a description of each collaborative initiative as well as examples of how your organization can participate. After reviewing the ITP, you can submit a response online to let the Alignment Collaborative for Education team know how your organization can collaborate. More detailed instructions can be found within each ITP.



Alignment A-Team Membership

Team members are selected by the Chairpersons of the Alignment Team based on their expertise in particular areas relevant to the team's mission and vision. Members are not chosen to represent their organizational interests – they are chosen for their community perspective.


Principles of A-Team Work

  • All committees adhere to the defined committee process and structure.
  • All committees design pilot projects based on specific, measurable outcomes.
  • All viewpoints are heard and valued.
  • The committee process is collaborative.
  • Committee outcomes must align community resources behind Public School Districts goals (resources are defined as personnel, programs, expertise, money, materials, space, and technology)
  • Committees do not determine WHAT to accomplish; instead, committees determine HOW to accomplish what the Public Schools have determined is needed through their strategic planning process.
  • The committee process must engage community organizations (non-profits, business, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, students and families, and faith-based organizations)
  • Committee pilot projects are designed based on data and community research.
  • Participation in committee pilot projects is determined solely by the committee.
  • Agendas of individuals and organizations are left at the door.
  • Outcomes are based on the committee agenda.
  • Committees are accountable to the Operating Board.




Early Learning

Chair: Peggy Ondera, District U-46

Co-Chair: Jennifer Alberts, YMCA


Educational Pathways 

Chair: Terri Lozier, District U-46

Co-Chair: Melissa Bernasek, Gail Borden Library


Trauma Informed Care A-Team

Chair: John Heiderscheidt, District U-46

Co-Chair: Kristine Argue, Illinois Education Association






Our Children, Our Communities, Our Future...

ACE is working towards improvements in outcomes for all

U-46 students.