IWERC complements DPI’s ambitions to improve education and training for in-demand tech jobs as well as conduct applied research.
IWERC sits at the center of both initiatives; it conducts research on early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education, and examines the intersections of that research with job-readiness.
Modeled on other research-practice partnerships, like the Consortium on School Research at University of Chicago, IWERC’s agenda is driven by stakeholders across Illinois.
IWERC is working with state agencies, school districts, early childhood programs, colleges, workforce development initiatives, and other educational partners to research and solve critical issues.
Work with community partners across the state to research and co-construct solutions to the most pressing issues in the cradle-to-career, education-to-workforce pipeline.
Illinois education and workforce development organizations have reliable, relevant, actionable research on which to base decisions.
IWERC’s research addresses field-initiated questions from across the state.
IWERC’s approach to research prioritizes equity, forges collaboration with practitioners, and seeks to uncover and extend successful practices.
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John Q. Easton (Chair), UChicago Consortium on School Research
Jo Anderson, Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)
Judy Erwin, Kivvit
David Figlio, Northwestern University
Lula Ford, Former Member, Illinois State Board of Education
Chris Koch, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Jeff Mays, City of Quincy
Geoffrey Nagle, Erikson Institute
Robin Steans, Advance Illinois
Jose Torres, IMSA
William Trent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, Latino Policy Forum