The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a pilot program with public Illinois colleges and universities to increase the number of teachers of color. Pictured, State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala speaks at a previous meeting at South Elgin High School.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that 24 colleges and universities in Illinois have volunteered for a pilot that plans to recruit and retain future teachers of color.

The program  will require all 54 Illinois educator preparation programs to prepare to develop plans for next year. 

The recruitment and retention efforts are part of ISBE’S three-year strategic plan enabling the goal of increasing teacher diversity in public schools across Illinois.

Statistics from Learning Policy Institute show that teachers of color boost the academic performance of students of color. Studies were able to point out that students are less likely to be chronically absent and less likely to experience discipline. 

While there has been an increase in teachers of color in recent years, the plan also aims to address barriers to increasing candidate diversity.

Illinois State University is one among many schools to participate. For more information on schools that are participating in the pilot, visit  

ASHLEY DANIELS is a News and Features Reporter for The Vidette. Daniels can be contacted at Follow Daniels on Twitter at @RTV_Ash210  

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