Identifying best practices to recruit and support a more diverse pool of teacher candidates. To accomplish this critical goal we launched a statewide initiative: Project LEAD: Leaders in Education Advocating for Diversity that is developing an infrastructure and toolbox.
Identifying, developing and sustaining programs for teacher leadership pathways and vesting teacher leaders with the knowledge and skills to impact policy and practice and promote impactful professional learning in their schools and districts.
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 Summer Institute for Educators featuring national and state education leaders.
PROGRAM ASSESSMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, ACCREDITATION AND POLICY
Promoting understanding of, implementation, and sharing of best practices and resources associated with new commission reports, federal initiatives, measures of accountability, CAEP standards and Accreditation, and adopted policies including the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment, which evaluates teacher candidates for state licensure. This task force provides a voice to advocate for the profession, evidence-based practices and national and state initiatives. Sub-Committees of this task force develop recommendations to address critical challenges in education-currently there is a focus on recommendations to address issues associated with teacher shortage particularly in urban and rural communities.
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING AND LEADING STANDARDS TASK FORCE
The Culturally Responsive Teacher and Leader Task Force is meeting to unpack these new state standards and share ideas about implementing the standards in teacher preparation programs in order to strengthen their programs and prepare candidates to integrate them into their teaching.