Partnerships between universities and local school districts are nothing new – in fact, Northern Illinois University currently has eight such agreements with districts throughout the Chicagoland region.
Drawing on the rich resources of university experts in school administration, curriculum development, special education and technology, local schools are able to expand offerings for students and develop new teaching techniques based on successful partnership experiences. For the university, such partnerships provide real-world clinical practice sites for student teachers and opportunities to develop new approaches in teacher preparation.
The DeKalb/NIU school partnership offers the possibility of a collaboration that extends far beyond anything either partner has been able to accomplish in the past. The proximity of the partnership school to NIU’s main campus permits a level of hands-on involvement that will truly make the facility unique among district schools.
Some examples of that involvement include:
Advantages for students attending the school are many, and district officials hope the partnership will pave the way to make those same advantages available to all districts students in the near future:
Future plans call for the Partnership School to offer student support services such as: