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Project Background

In 2019, 27 percent of newly enrolled undergraduate teacher candidates across Illinois identified as people of color. In the same year, only 18 percent of undergraduate education program completers identified as people of color, indicating an opportunity to improve enrollment and retention rates for candidates of color.

Educator preparation programs (EPPs), districts, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and policymakers all play a critical role. ISBE is working in partnership with EPPs to take concrete steps to recruit and retain more teacher candidates of color to reach more equitable outcomes for students in Illinois.

ISBE and EPPs conducted a diverse pipeline pilot in 2021 that informed work that is continuing and expanding to all EPPS by supporting them to consider methods they should use to ensure educator preparation programs have developed and implemented quality plans for increasing the diversity of their educators.

After the pilot, EPPs requested more support with developing and implementing recruitment and success plans. ISBE is partnering with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to continue efforts in developing comprehensive diverse educator recruitment and success plans. ​

Diverse Educator: Project Timeline- January 2024- January 2025

Timeline note: If you wish to submit unofficial draft action plan for the optional opportunity for review, chose one of the available windows.

  1. Jan. 2024: Kickoff Meeting
  2. February: Data Analysis Workshop
  3. Mar. - Apr.: Coaching Session: Problem Statements, Root Causes and Strategies
  4. 30 Apr. - 30 June: Optional Opportunity to submit unofficial draft action plan for feedback
  5. Apr. - Oct.: Strategy implementation opportunity
  6. 1 Sep. - 31 Oct.: Optional Opportunity to submit unofficial draft action plan for feedback
  7. Apr. - Oct.: Coaching Session: Progress Monitoring and Continuous Improvement
  8. 1 Jan. 2025: Strategy implementation opportunity

 Diverse Pipeline Pilot Historical Information and Resources

Pilot Participants

  • Augustana College
  • Benedictine University
  • Blackburn College
  • Chicago State University
  • De Paul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • ​Eureka College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville University
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois State University
  • Lewis University
  • National Louis University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rockford University
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of St. Francis
  • VanderCook College of Music
  • Western Illinois University​​

Review Team Members

  • Ann-Katherine Kimble
  • Janelle Scharon
  • Elissa Rabin
  • Ivette Dubiel
  • Jason Dones
  • Jennifer Hernandez
  • Josh Kaufmann
  • Keisha Rembert
  • Linda Wilson
  • Mary Yeboah
  • Maurice McDavid
  • Noemi Cortes
  • Violeta Cerna-Prado
  • Talib Becktemba-Goss
  • Kelly Cox
  • Kimberly Garrett
  • Jan Fitzsimmons
  • Rebecca Navarro
  • Erika Mendez​

Peer Collaborative Meetings

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