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Erika Hunt, a senior policy analyst and researcher at Illinois State's Center for the Study of Education Policy, presented with University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Shelby Cosner December 12 at a Wallace Foundation meeting.

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Elgin Area School District Unit 46 has implemented play-based curriculum in their all-day kindergarten classrooms. The district shared the curriculum's development, implementation, and initial results.

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There are currently 47 National Board Professional Development Schools in Illinois led by administrator leaders. The NBRC is expanding this program to include an additional 25 schools/districts to take part in this opportunity during the 2017-2018 school year.

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Teaching & Leadership

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