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The P-20 Center serves many roles in working with NIU organizations and external partners - participating, supporting, managing, or leading. P-20 initiatives all address one or more of the following goals. Click on the links for more information about high-impact P-20 activities.
Center for Economic Education (CEE). Committed to helping K-12 teachers guide students through today's complex financial landscape, the CEE delivers teacher workshops and sponsors student activities designed to improve competencies in financial literacy while also improving achievements in reading and mathematics.
edcamp Northern Illinois. As part of a national movement of "unconferences," edcampNI provides a free professional development session to educators where the participants drive the content. Sessions can be scheduled in advance or on the fly as topics of interest rise to the surface.
Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Interfaith works to support a safe and welcoming campus environment in which students, faculty, staff, and community members gain a better understanding of cultural similarities through service opportunities and the discussion of belief systems.
Professional Development Schools (PDS). P-20 Center staff work with PDS participants in five school districts to evaluate progress toward the goals for each PDS school site. PDS partnerships with school districts across the region improve the clinical preparation of beginning teachers, enhance professional development, and use practice-based research to improve instruction. The result? More success for teachers and higher-performance by K-12 students.
STEM Outreach. NIU's STEM Outreach delivers off-campus programs and on campus activities designed to increase STEM literacy and enthusiasm among students, their families, and educators. Community programs include the Bright Futures Program, STEM Saturdays, STEM Cafés, and Summer Under the Stars, not to mention the annual STEMfest. School programs include both hands-on Exploration Labs and Demonstration Programs. All school visits are tailored to meet the needs of each site.
STEM Read. NIU's STEM Read program strives to foster knowledge and enthusiasm about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through science fiction. Online and in-person activities and events allow teens and young readers to interact with experts to learn about the STEM disciplines behind the stories.
SmartSpace@NIU. SmartSpace@NIU delivers online educational experiences that integrate the arts into reading, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for P-12 learners, and provides a laboratory environment for teachers and future educators to explore innovative teaching, learning, and assessment in virtual classrooms.
Broadband Network Utilization. The P-20 Center works with partners to increase efficiency and effectiveness of education organizations through applications, research, and innovations that use the region's new broadband network capacity.
Regional College Readiness Partnership. NIU, community colleges, and high schools work together to improve the transitions from high school to higher education, so that students succeed and graduate in a reasonable amount of time.
Northern Illinois P-20 Network. NIU, community colleges, high schools, state agencies, and business leaders across northern Illinois work collaboratively to address issues related to raising educational achievement.
Schools Partnerships. The P-20 Center provides support for partnership activities with Altus Academy in Chicago, DeKalb, Huntley, Rockford, St. Charles, and Sycamore school districts.
Education Systems Center. (ESC) The ESC manages and supports state-level, education reform policy initiatives for the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Commerce and the Economic Opportunity. Projects involve the STEM Learning Exchanges and governance of the Illinois Longitudinal Data System, as well as school reform projects in Africa.
Illinois Honor Roll. The Honor Roll celebrates the accomplishments of exemplary Illinois public schools.
Illinois Report Card. (IRC) IRC works with local districts to build customized data warehouses that empower classroom teachers to use student performance data in ways that will improve achievement. MyIRC provides a customized view into the IRC through a password protected portal, developed by Data for School Innovation (DSI).
Illinois Shared Learning Environment. (ISLE) A state-wide technology infrastructure, ISLE works to advance the personalization of learning and enable students to manage their academic and career pathways.
Center for Child Welfare and Education. (CCWE) CCWE aims to assist the education and development of children and youth, with special emphasis on those who are educationally at risk including those who have been abused or neglected. Its work contributes to the body of knowledge and influences training and practice to positively affect educational outcomes of these populations.
Econ Illinois. Stemming from a belief that all children should be able to benefit fully from and contribute meaningfully to the economic system in which they live, Econ Illinois works to help all children in Illinois become effective participants in the economy, enabling them to benefit themselves and society throughout their lives.
ENGAGE! Explore this growing database of NIU partnership activities and opportunities.
Transfer Student Summary. Transfer students to NIU provide feedback on the transition to NIU. Results are dispersed across NIU departments and to the institutions students transfer from. Read the 2013 NIU Transfer Student Survey Summary or the Three Year Transfer Student Survey Report.
Summer Camps. Each summer, NIU offers over 40 summer day and residential camps for students in 1st through 12 grades. Camps are run by various departments and colleges across the university, with coordinated marketing efforts managed by the P-20 Center.