The partnership between the Illinois State Board of Education, Peoria Regional Office of Education 48, and Lurie Children’s Hospital to provide free trauma training for all Illinois educators seeks to increase students’ mental health support amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the virtual training here.

Some schools and districts are using the federal Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief funds to hire additional teachers and counselors. Will they be able to sustain the new positions when ESSER funds are expended? Read about the funding cliff schools and districts are facing here.