Learn local, teach local

State of Illinois on a red background

llinois faces a dire teacher shortage with 4,500 open education positions across the state. Your Redbirds are rising to meet the challenge.

Promoting growth and change in the COE

DeGarmo Hall in summer

The College of Education GROWTH (COE GROWTH) initiative started in summer 2020 as a coordinated and sustainable professional development program for all COE faculty and staff.

Partners in education

Teacher in class with students

With health and safety guidelines altering traditional student teaching and clinical internships, the College of Education (COE) quickly explored avenues to place teaching candidates in meaningful experiences.

Introducing Dr. Dakesa Piña

Dr Dakesa Pina-DEI officer for COE

Dr. Dakesa Piña joined the College of Education (COE) in spring 2021 as the first college-level diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer at Illinois State.

Learning from disruption

Jennifer Gill with students

As schools cautiously inch toward normalcy, there is no shortage of difficult questions being asked. Redbird Jennifer Gill fields many of them as the leader of Springfield School District 186, where she has served as superintendent since May 2014.

Inspiring future educators

Jerry Barrio

Gerardo (Jerry) Barrio ’98, MS Ed ’00, stresses a team atmosphere to his students. These collaborative efforts have left a lasting impression on his students, who recently nominated him for the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Teacher of the Year.