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


Laboratories of Reform? Human Resource Management Strategies in Illinois Charter Schools (2016-1)

Bradford R. White

This study examines human resource management strategies used in Illinois charter schools. The report describes how these schools recruit, develop, and retain teachers, and explores the relationships between HR practices and school outcomes, including teacher retention, school climate, and student achievement. More


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


Restructuring Principal Preparation in Illinois: Perspectives on Implementation Successes, Challenges, and Future Outlook (2015-3)

Brenda K. Klostermann, Amber Stitziel Pareja, Holly Hart, Bradford R. White, and Michelle Hanh Huynh

Results of phase one of a implementation review study of Illinois’ new policy for principal preparation indicate that a majority of those interviewed support the policy goals and have a positive outlook on its future impact. Concerns about a constricted pipeline and strained resources were also expressed. Future policy implications are suggested. More


The Early Childhood Educator Preparation Innovation Grant: Lessons from Initial Implementation (2015-2)

Eric J. Lichtenberger, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

In this implementation study we reveal the barriers to project-specific goal attainment and the catalysts that allowed the partnerships to meet their objectives. This research is informative for policy development specific to articulation agreements, current and future early childhood innovation grantees, as well as others attempting to build stronger and more authentic partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions. More


The Geography of the New Teacher Pipeline (2015-1)

Eric J. Lichtenberger, Bradford R. White, and Karen J. DeAngelis

This study examines the geography of the teacher labor markets by tracking the distances between the teacher’s home area and college with the location of their first teaching position. This research is informative for teacher recruitment efforts, as well as for initiatives in Illinois to diversify the teacher pipeline. More


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