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Grantee Name:Associated Colleges of Illinois
Project Name:Transition to Teaching Project
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Project Director:Cindy Yang 312-263-2391 x 26 and Josephine Gomez 312-263-2391 x 47

During a five-year period, this program will recruit, certify, and induct as many as 440 new teachers for high-need schools. Building on existing alternative certification models developed by the Golden Apple Foundation, the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), and the Chicago Public Schools, the Transition to Teaching Program will target mid-career professionals and recent graduates of ACI institutions. The use of provisional employment as a condition of admission to the program, immediate placement in high-need schools, and comprehensive induction and mentoring will help these new teachers acculturate and provide them with incentives to remain in service at their schools.

Please Note: This grant has ended.

Grantee Name:Benedictine University
Project Name:Transition to Teaching Project
Project Director:Eileen Kolich

Mathematics and science professionals with at least five years of work experience are being prepared to teach middle and secondary school mathematics and science in Illinois. Candidates immerse themselves in an intensive problem-based summer teacher preparation program followed by a paid, year-long, mentored teaching internship in a local school. Successful candidates receives Illinois teacher certification and, as a result of their teacher preparation program, they are able to implement standards-based learning experiences that foster inquiry, problem solving, and making connections within and among mathematics, science, and real-world situations. New teachers remain connected to Benedictine University for continuing professional development during their critical induction years.

Grantee Name:Chicago Public Schools
Project Name:Academy for Urban School Leadership
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Project Director:Dr. Donald Feinstein 773-534-0129

Annually, the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) recruits 40 to 50 mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to participate in an intensive 12-month teacher preparation program. Program participants, called Residents, are selected through a rigorous application process and spend one year working full-time in the classroom of a Chicago Public School mentor teacher. While gaining clinical classroom experience, Residents also earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Graduates of AUSL commit to working in Chicago Public Schools for a minimum of five years. During their first three years in the classroom, AUSL graduates receive professional development, mentoring, and support from a Professional Field Coach. Each Coach is an expert in the field of urban education, teacher induction, and curriculum development.

Grantee Name:Governors State University
Project Name:GSU Alternative Certification Partnership
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Project Director:Karen Peterson 708-534-4377

The Governors State University Alternative Certification Partnership is a 16-month program preparing elementary teachers to work in high-need schools in seven south suburban districts and the Chicago Public Schools. Participants begin working as full-time provisional teachers in high-need partner Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) five months after they begin the program. Governors State University provides intensive mentoring and assessment components. Participants complete the program requirements while they work; at the end of the program, they receive State of Illinois teacher certification at the elementary level in kindergarten through ninth grade. The program is anticipating expansion to special education. The Partnership was recently named as one of six national finalists for the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation by the Amerian Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Grantee Name:Illinois State University
Project Name:Teachers for All Children
Project Director:George Torres 309-438-3257

The Teachers for All Children: Developing a Model for Bilingual Certification for Paraprofessionals Program is designed to provide 60 educational teaching assistants from high-need school districts an opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with Bilingual Education teacher endorsement in the state of Illinois (for kindergarten through sixth grade). Teachers for All Children resulted from a partnership among Illinois State University, the University Center of Lake County, and the School Districts of Waukegan, Zion, North Chicago, and Diamond Lake. The Illinois Education Association, the College of Lake County, and the Lake County Regional Office of Education also provide support for the project.

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