Higher Education

IERC Publication: Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Johnna C. Darragh Ernst, and Nancy I. Latham (Eds)

Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation is jointly published by the IERC and IBHE, and highlights the accomplished work of many of our state’s two- and four-year faculty to redesign early childhood educator preparation programs to meet regional and state workforce needs.   More

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IERC Publication: Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016-3)

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

This qualitative implementation study provides a systematic review of the innovations and strategies EPPI grant recipients utilized in addressing common barriers and practice-oriented issues experienced in early childhood educator preparation.  More

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IERC Presentation: Research for Impact – Invited Presentation to Division H

Janet K. Holt

This talk focuses on how education policy is influenced by research and other factors and what scholars can do to make their research more impactful. This presentation also highlights research from the Illinois Education Research Council that has been influential in Illinois policy and practice.  More

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IERC Presentation: Postsecondary Institutional Rankings for Assessing Economic and Social Mobility

Janet K. Holt, Steven Lawton, & Mary Frazier-Meyers

As students and parents navigate the important decision of where to apply and attend college, institutional rankings provide an important source of information to sway their decisions. Yet how often does the student or family consider the factors that underlie such a ranking system or consider alternate ranking systems. These considerations motivate this study of the current college ranking systems and how these ranking systems measure the economic mobility of disadvantaged students. In this presentation, we report of the methodology of 16 institutional ranking systems. Additionally, we describe a ranking system that was created to highlight success for the St. Louis Graduates project that brings to the forefront access and completion for students of color, first-generation students and low-income students.   More

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IERC Presentation: Innovative Pathways to Degrees and Capacity-Building for Illinois’ Early Childhood Workforce

Brenda Klostermann, Debra Baron, Bradford White, Janet Holt, and Daniel Duffy

Much attention during the past decade has been given to the need to develop a well-trained early childhood education workforce. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council call for greater collaboration between two- and four-year institutions Recognizing the importance of these relationships, IBHE provided Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation Grants to 20 2-year and 4-year partnerships, to further develop models for early childhood educator preparation and to build capacity in key areas of need. Using a case-study approach, the research team identified innovative practices put in place by the grantees to enhance articulation and alignment of curriculum among early childhood educator preparation programs in Illinois. Results of this study inform Illinois early childhood education stakeholders regarding promising practices to increase the quality of the early childhood workforce.  More

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IERC Presentation: Leveraging Workforce Credentials as Pathways to Degrees

Stephanie Bernoteit, Nancy Latham, and Brenda Klostermann

This presentation at the College Changes Everything 2016 Conference focused on strategies for engaging faculty, agency personnel, and credentialing advocates to embed industry-recognized credentials in degree programs.  Workforce data, implementation surveys, and program assessments were used to inform a technical assistance project for institutions of higher education.  This presentation also highlighted preliminary results of an IERC study of two- and four-year institutional partnerships to create flexible pathways for degree and credential attainment. Promising practices were highlighted.  More

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IERC Publication: Navigating the Shift to Intensive Principal Preparation in Illinois: An In-depth Look at Stakeholder Perspectives (2016-2)

Bradford R. White, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, Brenda K. Klostermann, Michelle Hanh Huynh, Mary Frazier-Meyers, and Janet K. Holt

The report summarizes findings from a two-year study of Illinois’ principal preparation redesign efforts.   More

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IERC Presentation: An In-Depth Examination of Principal Preparation Redesign in Illinois

Brad White, Brenda Klostermann, Janet Holt, Mary Frazier-Meyers, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, & Michelle Hahn Huynh

This presentation for the Illinois P-20 Council summarized findings from a two-year study assessing the progress of Illinois’ ambitious principal preparation redesign efforts and describes the changes that occurred as a result of the new policy.   More

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IERC Presentation: An In-Depth Examination of Principal Preparation Redesign in Illinois

Brad White, Brenda Klostermann, Janet Holt, Mary Frazier-Meyers, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, & Michelle Hahn Huynh

This presentation to the Illinois Council of Professors of Education Administration summarized findings from a two-year study assessing the progress of Illinois’ ambitious principal preparation redesign efforts and describes the changes that occurred as a result of the new policy.   More

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IERC Publication: The Impact of Faculty Development on Teacher Self-Efficacy, Skills and Perspectives (FFR 2015-1)

Melodie A. Rowbotham

IERC releases its inaugural faculty fellows report by 2013/14 IERC faculty fellow, Dr. Melodie Rowbotham. This study examined the relationship of faculty development on teaching to faculty self-assessment of teaching skills and their teacher self-efficacy.  More

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