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Vendor Learning Partners are approved as part of the IL-EMPOWER school improvement support network and offer particular services at a specific cost (Blended Hourly Rate).  ISBE works with vendors to establish the specific cost for services so that schools and partners will not need to negotiate rates.  Vendor Learning Partners provide support services for schools identified to receive comprehensive or targeted services as well as any other schools that wish to participate.   

In order to serve as an IL-EMPOWER Vendor Learning Partner, an organization must apply and be approved to offer services in one or more of three areas:  Governance and Management, Curriculum and Instruction, and Culture and Climate

ISBE used a comprehensive vetting process to carefully review each Vendor Learning Partner application.  The process included evaluating each applicant for: 
  • Evidence of success in the delivery and sustainability of school improvement services; 
  • Information on or evidence of the development of services in areas including, but not limited to, Data Competency, Resource Management, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainability; and  
  • Information or organizational capacity. 


The Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric is a part of the school improvement process  that helps schools identify one or more of three Priority Areas:  Governance and Management, Climate and Culture, or Curriculum and Instruction.  School and district officials can click on the corresponding button(s) below to search through approved Learning Partners that specialize a particular Priority Area so that they can easily find an approved Learning Partner that meets their needs. 

IL-EMPOWER is regularly adding to our current list of approved Learning Partners and will continue to update these webpages as new partners are approved.  Please check back to our partner webpages for updates. 

Note:  Several approved Vendor and Peer Learning Partners have been identified as serving multiple Priority Areas and are listed in the All Service Area button.​

By Region​

As part of the application and vetting process, each approved Learning Partner has identified the Regions(s) within the State of Illinois in which they are able to provide support.  Schools and districts can click on the Region in which they are located to view a list of approved Learning Partners that will support that Region.  Please note that schools and districts are to then narrow the list of Learning Partners that specialize in one of the three priority Priority Areas (Governance and Management, Curriculum and Instruction, and Culture and Climate) as identified by the Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric.  

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