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The Forum on the Future of Public Education

The Forum on the Future of Public Education strives to bring the best empirical evidence to policymakers and the public.

The Forum draws on a network of premier scholars to create, interpret, and disseminate credible information on key questions facing P-20 education. The Forum pursues original research and facilitates collaboration between researchers and policymakers to examine the pressing issues shaping the future of public education. Key constituencies of the Forum include scholars who influence research, policy and practice; policy makers and policy making bodies at all levels; members of the media who influence public opinion; foundations, organizations, business groups and others who support, criticize and advocate for reform; and citizens who make choices about education for themselves and their children.

America is witnessing a drastic redefinition of the policies and practices associated with “public education.” Too often, discussions around the future of public education are strong on passion but short on actual evidence. The Forum for the Future of Public Education is filing that gap by building a resource of objective, research-based insights on key educational issues. We are establishing an open venue- a true public forum to debate controversial and consequential policy issues that will shape American’s future.

2017 Beginning Teacher Conference/Illini EDge

Apr 27, 2017, 14:00 by Illinois New Teacher Collaborative (
The 2017 Beginning Teacher Conference/Illini EDge will take place July 17-18 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

Engaging Communities and Developing Relationships

New teachers move from the community of their teacher preparation programs to the new ones of their professional lives. Learning to navigate local, school, and professional communities is a vital part of sustaining professional growth. This year’s combined Beginning Teacher Conference and Illini EDge Conference asks ‘How do we develop relationships within and across our communities that help us grow and our students flourish?

Join us as we explore these questions through sessions, keynote, panels, and extended learning opportunities in the local area. New teachers who are about to enter their first year and those who have just finished their first year will be in attendance, working together to systematically think about their practice and look ahead to next year.  

The Beginning Teacher Conference, in its 8th year, offers a valuable midsummer opportunity for new teachers to connect with others across the state, reflect on lessons learned in their first year, and prepare for a successful year ahead. The Illini EDge (formerly called Boot Camp), a conference targeted at UIUC grads about to enter their first year of teaching. This year’s conference will be held July 17-18, 2017, at the iHotel in Champaign, IL. You can find details about both conferences on our website.