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Five Colleges of Education Create Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network


The Joyce Foundation is proud to support our grantees at Deans for Impact for facilitating and bringing together the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network. The Network is an example of a teacher quality initiative proposed in the "Teach Illinois" policy recommendations released earlier this week by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Leaders of five Illinois colleges of education today announced they are joining forces to create the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network, which will address a need identified by the state’s school superintendents and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to ensure that every child has access to effective teachers.

The founding deans are:

  • Robert Muller, National College of Education, National Louis University
  • Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Goodwin College of Education, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Laurie Elish-Piper, Northern Illinois University College of Education
  • Mindy Sjoblom, Relay Graduate School of Education-Chicago
  • Tom Philion, Roosevelt University College of Education

Participating institutions represent diverse pathways into the teaching profession and collectively prepare 18 percent of the state’s new teachers. The network plans to add additional members in the coming months.

Read the full press release here.