In Spring 2011, legislation was passed by the state of Illinois legislature that changed the principal certification from a K-12 certificate to a P-12 certificate. As a result of this legislation, all principal preparation programs in Illinois are required to incorporate new content and field experiences so principals are capable and effective leaders of school communities and programs that address student learning and school improvement for young children, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities. The LINC project staff has provided technical assistance to principal preparation stakeholders in Illinois in three ways. One of these ways was with providing technical assistance to a consortium of four Illinois principal preparation programs throughout their redesign process. These four programs include Illinois State University, Loyola University, North Central College and Western Illinois University. The results of this level of support are the focus of the “Tool Kit”.
In April, 2013, a symposium was held at The Parke Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The following documents are the breakout sessions/handouts from this symposium.
Due to inclement weather, S. Kwesi Roolins was not able to make the presentation and instead a presentation was given by Melissa Mitchell from the Federation for Community Schools.