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Core Projects

The following are multi-year, novel research projects identified by IWERC’s Research Advisory Council, designed to take advantage of state data sets.

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Early Childhood Research Portfolio

Understanding children’s journeys through early childhood programs and services

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Teacher Workforce Research Portfolio

Maintaining a diverse, high-quality early childhood and K-12 workforce

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High School-to-Work Research Portfolio

Exploring the diverse routes from high school to work

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These projects are shorter-term research reviews and syntheses of public data recommended by IWERC’s Research Advisory Council.

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Trauma-Informed Care Research Brief Series

Trauma-informed responses to post-pandemic schooling

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An Examination of Current Measures of Effective Schools in Illinois

Strategies that cultivate effective schools for different purposes and learners

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The Illinois Socio-Demographic Equity Dashboard

Mapping Illinois’ equitable access and opportunity to education and workforce resources

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Emergent Projects

These are projects that were not explicitly recommended by IWERC’s Research Advisory Council but align to IWERC’s core agenda and allow IWERC to expand in meaningful and “just-in-time” directions.

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Dual Credit in Illinois

The current study examines DC participation trends to increase DC opportunities for all students and close participation gaps.

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Learning Renewal

In Partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

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Illinois College-Going Survey Series

Exploring Decision-Making Factors of Illinois High School Seniors

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Exploring Computer Science Education Structures and Pathways in Illinois: An Urgent Research Project to Improve Equitable Access and Outcomes

Research on computer science education in the state

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Research on the Illinois Educator Prep Profiles

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The Illinois Educator Shortage and Employment Project

A research-practice partnership (RPP) to assess the state’s educator workforce

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Latinx Students in Higher Education: A Literature Review Series

A series of literature reviews in partnership with the Latino Policy Forum

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Learning During the Pandemic in Illinois: A Three-Part Research Series

In Partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

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Capacity-Building Work

This project is focused on building IWERC’s and the state’s capacity to do meaningful statewide educational research. It was suggested by IWERC’s Research Advisory Council.

IWERC’s Current Projects

Community Engagement

A Research-Practice Partnership to Understand Community Perspectives of Education and the Workforce

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