Peer-to-Peer Learning Opportunities
ISBE will host regional peer-to-peer meetings between school districts, ROEs/ISCs, and institutions of higher education to identify effective partnership models in Illinois and to create guidance on developing mutually beneficial partnerships.
More specifically, questions such as the following will be considered:
- What are the elements of a successful partnership between districts and colleges/universities for the purposes of educator preparation?
- How can institutions of higher education, ROEs/ISCs, and districts work together to target high high-needs areas within a district or region?
- What experiences and supports are necessary in order to recruit, prepare, and retain a diverse teacher candidate corps?
ISBE will begin to establish meeting dates and locations imminently. The first meetings will occur in the spring of 2019 and meet quarterly thereafter.
Teacher Residency Grant Opportunity
As ISBE was formulating the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan for Illinois, it identified a competitive grant that provides awards for a school district and an institution of higher education with approved educator preparation programs to partner in order to develop residency programs to prepare teacher candidates. Information about these partnerships will be shared via peer-to-peer learning.
The Teacher Residency grant will be released December 2018. The intent is for planning work to occur in FY 2020 and for implementation to occur in FY 2021. Three successful applicants will receive $50,000 for a planning year and an additional $200,000 if their plan is approved by ISBE to be implemented in fiscal year 2021.