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ISBE Briefs, December 2020

  • Date Posted
    December 21, 2020
  • Category
    News

Illinois Educator Preparation Profile
ISBE has created the Illinois Educator Preparation Profile with the goal of supporting continuous improvement in preparation programs to diversify the teacher workforce and meet the needs of school districts across the state. The report provides a view of all approved educator preparation programs within Illinois colleges and universities. It also shows overall scores for preparation programs with strengths in mastery of teaching skills and persistence in the profession. 
 
The Educator Preparation Profile organizes information into four categories: Candidate Selection and Completion, Knowledge and Skills for Teaching, Performance as Classroom Teachers, and Contribution to State Needs. The Profile contains individual reports for each approved teacher preparation program, as well as a statewide overview. The Profile is intended to help identify the placement of candidates in high-need school districts, while reinforcing initiatives to promote partnerships between school districts and higher education institutions.
 
PPE and Cleaning Supply Purchasing
The Education Purchasing Program provided by ISBE offers opportunities for school districts to secure discounted pricing via statewide education master contracts for key categories identified by the State Board of Education. Currently nine vendors are offering PPE and cleaning supplies through Education Purchasing Program contracts. ISBE’s Education Purchasing Program webpage provides a list vendors and the services available through the program.
 
Updating District Learning Format in the COVID-19 Dashboard
ISBE is asking school districts to verify their instructional format is correctly listed within the COVID-19 dashboard. District superintendents are asked to notify ISBE of any changes, including temporary changes, to their instructional model classifications by emailing covid19@isbe.net. The learning format classifications include remote, in-person, and blended remote learning. It is important that this information is kept up-to-date as state policymakers and health advisors use the data to inform the state's pandemic response.