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The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every ten years for the purpose of ensuring fair representation and distribution of resources. The U.S. Census Bureau will carry out the census this spring, and Census Day is on April 1, 2020. The decennial census provides foundational information that will be used to make policy decisions for ten years.

ISBE is doing its part by making sure that schools recognize their important role in this process. Schools and educators are in constant contact with hard to count populations.

Upcoming Webinars

The Statistics in Schools program is hosting a webinar on December 11 at 6 p.m. to show educators how they can use their free SIS resources to bring census data into their classroom. Register to attend this webinar regarding free SIS resources​.


​Join Asian Americas Advancing Justice for a Webinar on Engaging K-12 Students and Teachers on the 2020 Census on Tuesday, at 3 p.m. on December 17. This webinar will focus on how students from K-12, teachers, and organizations can help ensure that young children and students are counted in the 2020 Census. The webinar is recorded, and a recording and the presentation will be shared following the webinar. If you cannot join the live webinar, you can still RSVP to receive the recording afterwards. Register for the webinar on Engaging K-12 Students and Teachers on the 2020 CensusGo To Meeting Link.​​

 Census EDU Summit

  • December 4, 2019: Census EDU Summit
    ​​​ISBE co-hosted Census EDU, a half-day summit convening 250 education leaders, practitioners, and partners to learn more about the 2020 Census and how schools can play a central role in helping Illinois reach hard to count populations. Panels, speakers, student performances, and interactive presentations equipped attendees with the knowledge and tools to engage students and their families in the state’s 2020 Census efforts. ISBE hosted the event in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Illinois 2020 Census Office, and the U.S. Census Bureau at 9 a.m., Dec. 4 at Malcolm X College in Chicago.

​​Census Nights

​How to Host a Census Night FlyerPDF Document

ISBE is encouraging schools and districts to host Census Nights where families and community members can gather in a safe and trusted space to fill out the census online. Make sure to register your census night below!​

Register Your School's Census Night Event

Thank you for registering you Census Night!

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