About the Center for Success
The Center for Success is a non-profit organization that puts collaborating institutions and partnering education stakeholders at the
cutting edge of school reform by convening education partners to share best practices, policies, and initiatives to recruit, prepare and sustain talented and diverse teachers and leaders for PK-12 schools and classrooms, especially those serving Illinois low-income and marginalized students.
Center Partnership and Task Forces
Participate in online monthly Center Partnership and Task Force meetings which convene more than 40 deans, chairs, directors, and education faculty, as well as PK-12 administrators and teachers and leading educators to explore key issues in preparation, practice, teaching, learning, and leadership. Our current work includes advocating for equity and diversity, implementing culturally responsive practices, growing teacher leadership, and effecting rigorous recruitment, clinical preparation and retention policies and practices.
"Voices for Educational Equity" showcases national and international work in education by publishing articles addressing research, clinical practice, and policy matters associated with Pre-K-12 education in under-resourced communities and providing professional development for practicing teachers, leaders and teacher educators.
Professional Development Network
Promoting teacher retention in high-need schools by providing teachers and leaders with a network of colleagues and resources. PDN offers six strands of learning through webinars hosted online and in person by Center colleges and universities. The PDN is open to all teachers and leaders especially those serving in high-need schools. PDN sessions introduce teachers to Center institutions and faculty and address a variety of topics, including personalized learning and differentiated instruction, technology, social and emotional learning, culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogy, teacher leadership and education policy and meeting the needs of Illinois’increasingly diverse student body. PDN concludes each academic year with a full-day Annual Conference featuring national and state education leaders.
Junior/Senior Scholars; Promise Teacher Corps
The Center empowers college students - education majors and others interested in serving marginalized students and families - AND PK-12 students enrolled in high-need schools to engage in experiential education that provides access, resources and opportunities to both groups to grow and learn throughout the academic year and the summer, and from year to year. PK-12 students are provided with weekly and monthly educational supports and enrichment such as tutoring, college visits, book club and literature circles, panels, enrichment events like coding and chess classes, speakers, after school and evening study groups, homework help and summer enrichment camps that support the PK-12 scholars to succeed in their school classes; be curious, creative, and innovative thinkers; and engage in thinking about and planning for college and career.
As a member of one of the Center’s Task Forces you can learn about and share highly successful
programs, policies, and practices; advocate and impact local, statewide, and national policy and
practices. Task forces include Project LEAD (Leaders in Education Advocating Diversity; Teacher
Leadership; Professional Development Network; Clinical Practices; and Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards Task Force.
Help Us Grow Our Mission
We are a non-profit and welcome any and all gifts to support our work in High Need Schools.
Participate in the Professional Development Network
View our calendar for these partnership opportunities
We are very grateful to our wonderful sponsors!
In the past year 27,964 higher education faculty, candidates, PK-12 teachers, teacher leaders,
administrators and students have been reached through Center events.
Given the critical policies the Center reviewed and endorsed are now under consideration at the local and state level, we may positively impact an even greater number of educators, families, and students during these unprecedented circumstances of Covid-19 and beyond.
The Center empowers BOTH pre-service college students in education who will be teaching in high need schools and PK-12 students enrolled in high-need schools with experiential education that provides access, resources and opportunities to both groups to grow and learn throughout the academic year and the summer, and from year to year.
How are leading educators taking action for positive change? Find out at theCenter for Success’ Professional Development Network (PDN).
Become a Donor
The Center is a 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are a tax deductible. Your gift supports collaboration that advances education in High Need Schools. Thank you for your generosity.