Using Research Based Actions to Network Cities Engaged in New Teacher Education Reform (URBAN CENTER), is a partnership, including a consortium of high-need schools within these high-need LEAs (Chicago Public Schools District 299 [CPS], Peoria Public Schools District 150 [PSD], Decatur Public Schools District 61 [DPS]); Illinois State University (ISU) a four year public university including its Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences; and nine community partners.
Together, the URBAN CENTER is creating an integrated, comprehensive system of urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction/mentoring to strengthen a pipeline model that will recruit and prepare 500 high-quality teachers for the highest-need districts in Illinois where teacher attrition is endemic and student achievement remains persistently low.
The project, guided by the Governance Council and Management Team, is divided into six Work Teams: Recruitment, Urban Teacher Preparation (UTP), Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation (STEP-UP) Fellowship, Pipeline Immersion Community Schools (PICS)/Professional Development Schools (PDS), Induction/Mentoring (I/M), and Assessment.
Work Team 1: Recruitment
Chair: Ellis Hurd
Work Team 2: Urban Teacher Preparation (UTP)
Chair: Monica Noraian
Work Team 3: Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation (STEP-UP) Fellowship
Chair: Matthew Miller
|February 20||5:30 PM||CTEP or Zoom|
|October 22||10am-12pm||CTEP office|
|December 10||10am-12pm||CTEP office or Zoom|
|January 28||10am-12pm||CTEP office or Zoom|
|April 2||10am-12pm||CTEP office or Zoom|
Work Team 5: Induction/Mentoring (I/M)
Chair: Apryl Riley
|December 4||10am-11:30am||CTEP office or Zoom|
Work Team 6: Assessment
Chair: Brent Showalter
||10am-2pm||External Evaluator's Office|
If you are interested in attending a Work Team meeting, but are not currently serving on that Work Team, please contact and notify the chair in advance. Work Team documents, including agendas and minutes, are available by contacting the respective Work Team chair.