Illinois has a clear need for a comprehensive educational support system that caters to the diverse needs of students, teachers, and the community. Students require accessible resources, tutoring, and guidance for their educational journey, while teachers need professional development opportunities and a collaborative space. The educational landscape also faces challenges like systemic barriers, teacher shortages, and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Illinois Virtual Partnership (IVP) aims to address these educational challenges by providing a virtual platform that offers equitable access to educational support for students and professional development for teachers. IVP aims to create an inclusive and supportive community that empowers students to reach their highest potential, enables teachers to excel in their roles, and fosters a strong connection between education and the community. Ultimately, IVP seeks to reduce educational disparities, improve teacher retention and job satisfaction, and offer accessible solutions for all stakeholders. The first step to address the overall goal is creating a promotional website to attract sponsors and stakeholders.
IVP's process involves connecting students to tutoring, resources, mentors, and a supportive community, offering student leadership opportunities for autonomy in their education. It provides quality teacher development centered on equity and innovation, bridges the gap between education and the community, and leverages a virtual platform to address unique challenges. Collaborating with the University of Illinois and community partners, IVP serves as an education and innovation hub, aiming to foster growth and excellence for students, teachers, and the community, ultimately bringing positive change to the education landscape.