Illinois State University's College of Education and Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline (CTEP) have been awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to expand teacher education programs in urban, high-need communities in Chicago and urban districts in Central Illinois.
The new Teacher Quality Partnership grant will develop the URBAN CENTER (Using Research Based Actions to Network Cities Engaged in New Teacher Education Reform), an integrated, comprehensive system of urban teacher recruitment, preparation and induction/mentoring. This will strengthen the Pipeline model that will recruit and prepare 500 high-quality teachers for the highest-need districts in Illinois where teacher attrition is high and student achievement remains low.
The Center for Mathematics, Science & Technology's Director, Dr. Willy Hunter, will liaise for science departments as a specialized High-Need Science Education Coordinator as a strand in the sciences are developed. Dr. Hunter is a campus leader in science teacher education. Since 2001 he has led professional development for science teachers in high-needs urban settings, directing projects, and managing and evaluating funded NSF K-12 projects. Dr. Hunter holds rank in both Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences. He has published well over 100 peer-reviewed publications and edited numerous volumes of STEM teacher education books.
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Illinois State University Colleges (encompassing a total of 28 approved and accredited teacher education programs):
Illinois State University Units:
As its mission, the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline (CTEP) is grounded in social justice and works to cultivate and sustain innovative, resilient, and effective educators for urban schools and their communities. We believe the statistics below provide evidence that CTEP has accomplished just that through the preparation and ultimate success of thousands of ISU students over the past eleven years. CTEP has 1) launched programming to support and recruit youth from high-need schools to continue their education, including at ISU; 2) supported ISU faculty to redesign their courses to include urban field experiences and to implement those redesigned courses and course-embedded field experiences over subsequent years; 3) catalyzed the formation of an urban-education-focused RSO (Urban Needs in Teacher Education, or UNITE) and supported its development at ISU and beyond; 4) developed mentorship programs for middle school youth; 5) created community- and school-based urban summer fellowship experiences for ISU pre-service teachers; 6) developed embedded residency experiences to allow student teachers to inhabit the urban communities in which they are teaching; 7) helped hundreds of ISU graduates to secure employment in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and other high-need districts; and 8) provided induction and mentorship opportunities to alums during their first two years of CPS teaching, along with networking and professional development opportunities thereafter. For this important work, CTEP has been honored with numerous accolades, such as the prestigious Nicholas Michelli Award for Social Justice and Excellence in the Education of Emerging Education Leaders Award. Also, ISU faculty members have won numerous national, university, and college teaching, research, and service awards, often as a direct result of involvement in CTEP programming.
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Because of this track record, CTEP now serves as a national model for urban teacher preparation. So far, CTEP staff and CTEP-supported faculty have author 72 publications or presentations on CTEP's urban teacher preparation work. Universities in other urban areas often seek professional development advice and support from CTEP to help improve their training of future teachers. CTEP staff have consulted and partnered with ISU faculty from colleges across campus to secure external grants, including the College of Fine Arts (John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts); College of Applied Sciences and Technology (Kellogg Foundation); and College of Arts and Sciences (National Science Foundation). Further, the U.S. Department of Education recently invited CTEP's directors to present their undergraduate preparation model to DOE staff and directors of other urban- and rural-based teacher education centers. CTEP's new URBAN CENTER federal grant and CTEP's current no-cost-one-year-extension of its existing TEACHER+PLUS federal grant will foster, among other continuing and expanding endeavors, new action research collaborations between ISU and public school faculty in Chicago, Peoria, and Decatur.
In order to better prepare future urban STEM educators, Illinois State University researched where its teacher education students come from and where they go to teach. This data is available for the years 1997-2009.