About the Center for P-20 Engagement

Since its beginnings in 2002, the Center for P-20 Engagement has collaborated with NIU and community partners on activities that improve education and bring innovation to schools, community colleges, workplaces and other community settings.

Our focus on engagement requires relationships between the university and its partners that serve all of the partners. We learn from each other, discover new knowledge together and enjoy the fruits of collaboration. Benefits include meeting community needs, increasing economic vitality and improving quality of life across the region.

The P-20 Center includes:

  • NIU STEAM sparks curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
  • Illinois P-20 Network gathers organizational partners around innovative education initiatives to promote college and career readiness and completion for students of all ages.
  • Continuing and Professional Education provides in-person and virtual opportunities to earn industry credentials, build skills and move your career forward.
  • Illinois Migrant Education Program provides supplementary educational services to children ages 3-21 and families of migrant farmworkers while they are in Illinois.
  • Illinois MTSS Network provides high quality professional learning and coaching for schools and districts to develop and sustain a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).

To serve students, educators and community members, we promote P-20 engagement through effective operations, communications and accountability

Contact Us

P-20 Center
307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115


Our Impact

The P-20 Center brings in more than $1,000,000 in external grants and contracts annually. Yearly, we engage:

  • About 2,000 NIU students
  • Over 450 NIU faculty and staff members
  • About 3,600 P-12 teachers
  • More than 30,000 P-12 students
  • About 15,000 community members
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