Visit ENGAGE! for a listing of the engagement and outreach activities happening on campus.
The P-20 Center manages or supports projects that address the five goals listed below. Follow the links for more information about high-impact P-20 activities.
Interdisciplinary Literacy Projects. Three NIU colleges are collaborating with school districts to raise students' literacy skills through school based projects that integrate arts, technology, and literacy education.
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. School programs include both hands-on Exploration Labs and Demonstration Programs. All school visits are tailored to meet the needs of each site.
STEM Teen Read. NIU's STEM Teen 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 to interact with experts to learn about the STEM disciplines behind the stories.
SmartSpace@NIU. SmartSpace@NIU establishes virtual classrooms to expand educational experiences for school age high-needs learners, and provide a laboratory environment for teachers and future educators to explore innovative teaching, learning, and assessment in virtual classrooms.
Center for Economic Education (CEE). The NIU Center for Economic Education is committed to helping K-12 teachers guide their students in learning about economics and personal finance and prepare students to make wise decisions as consumers, investors, citizens, and participants in the global economy. We deliver teacher workshops and sponsor student activities designed to improve competencies in financial literacy while also improving achievements in reading and mathematics.
Professional Development Schools (PDS). 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.
Online Professional Development Catalog. NIU is one of the region's largest providers of professional development for educators. A comprehensive online catalog of these activities is being created.
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.
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. Find a summary of the fall 2012 survey here or an infographic here. Find the three year report here.
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.
Office of Education System Innovation. OESI 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 as well as school reform projects in Africa.
Illinois Honor Roll. The Honor Roll celebrates the accomplishments of exemplary Illinois public schools.
Data for School Innovation. The Illinois Interactive Report Card works with local districts to build customized data warehouses that empower classroom teachers to use student performance data in ways that will improve achievement.
Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE). A state-wide technology infrastructure, ISLE will advance the personalization of learning and enable students to manage their academic and career pathways.
Presidential Engagement Professors. Annual awards recognize faculty members who extend the university's expertise in local, regional, national, and global collaborations for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.
ENGAGE! Explore this growing database of NIU partnership activities and opportunities.