|For Immediate Release
May 30, 2006
Website offers career path information
Prospective teachers, current teachers
can benefit from information on www.TeachIllinois.org
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education
has unveiled a new website aimed at helping those who
want to pursue careers as teachers or teachers’
Information on the website www.TeachIllinois.org
has been assembled for two groups of people: current school
personnel and those who want to pursue certification as
an administrator, teacher or paraprofessional. The site
is organized so that high school and college students
who are looking for information about teaching in today's
classrooms, out-of-state applicants who want to teach
in Illinois, and current teachers wanting to add endorsements
can get to the information they need with only a few mouse
clicks. The site features authoritative links to the State
Board of Education website that will direct users to exactly
the information needed. The State Board website (www.isbe.net)
is updated as needed to remain accurate, including the
Directory of State-Approved Programs.
For those who are not yet teachers, most of the information
that might be sought is concentrated under "Preparing
to Become an Educator," "Resources," and
"Today's Classroom." That last link lets the
prospective teacher listen to and watch students and teachers
describing classroom settings and teaching in their own
Out-of-state teachers and new graduates will find useful
information under "Being Certified in Illinois,"
"Required Testing," "Resources" (which
includes a glossary), and "Employment Opportunities."
Information for paraprofessionals is included under "Being
Certified in Illinois." Illinois certified teachers
and administrators will find useful links under "Continuing
as an Educator," "Required Testing," "Resources,"
and "Employment Opportunities."
“We are confident that this website will be a useful
tool for those who may be considering a career in teaching
and for those educators who want to continue to advance
in the profession,” said State School Superintendent
Randy Dunn, who began his professional education career
as a classroom teacher in Gibson City, Ill.