Welcome to the 2015 edition of The Statewide Standard.

The College of Education’s educator preparation program develops knowledgeable, globally minded, and socially and culturally competent teachers and administrators who serve all learners. To remain responsive to the needs of the profession, we engage in the continuous evaluation and renewal of our programs, with a focus on equity and preparing educators for our state and nation’s most undeserved populations.

In the College of Education, our world-class faculty and staff are leading efforts to advance the field while producing highly-qualified educators and practitioners. Within this issue, you will read about four of the more than 50 externally funded grant programs focused on the subjects of urban education, early intervention in special education, diverse cultural and linguistic needs, and educational leadership.

You will also read about two alumni who have each been recognized as the best of the best by the state they serve. We are proud of these and the daily accomplishments of Illinois State educators who are transforming the schools and districts where they live and work. In addition, we highlight two dedicated education majors who have “dug deep” to make the most out of their time at Illinois State and ready themselves for the next step in their careers.

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If you have any comments or suggestions regarding The Statewide Standard, please contact me at pschoon@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-2453.

Perry L. Schoon, ’89, Ph.D. ’97
Dean of the College of Education

Inside The Statewide Standard:

Feature Stories
Hood and Hunt redefine principal preparation
TPT, TPTEL, & TPI U-46: Preparing diverse, passionate educators to serve English learners
URBAN CENTER: The next chapter in urban teacher preparation
EL VISTA: Giving new hope to a vulnerable population of learners

Busy ‘Birds
Bringing it to the field
Learning to lead

Alumni Pride
From wrestling coach to Illinois Superintendent of the Year
Naperville native garners California Teacher of the Year honors

Laboratory Schools
University High School ranked nationally by separate evaluators in 2014

The Ferrell Family Endowed Scholarship for Professional Development School in the College of Education
Message from the director of development