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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.

Library Free Book Jacket and Poster Giveaway

Oct 30, 2018, 17:00 by Nancy O'Brien (
The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library book jacket and poster giveaway will take place Nov. 5-9 at the Main Library on the Illinois campus.

It is time for the 2018 SSHEL book jacket and poster giveaway!

This year the festivities will take place Nov. 5-9 in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (Room 100, Main Library). The giveaway will occur during all hours that SSHEL is open.

The fun begins in the School Collection Room (Room 112) at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Come by and pick up free posters, book jackets, tote bags, and more!

Posters and book jackets are great resources for decorating your classroom or office and also work as book-talk visual aids, art projects, displays, and creative-writing prompts

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested. We will be giving the posters and book jackets away until they are gone.

For questions about this event, please call the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library at (217-244-1864 or email Nancy O'Brien at