CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Representatives from more than 120 school districts will be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Thursday (April 8) for the annual Teacher Placement Day.
The recruiting event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in various rooms at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, with activity concentrated in Illini Rooms A, B and C.
Soon-to-be Illinois graduates, as well as veteran teachers, are invited to attend.
Recruiters from school districts throughout Illinois, as well as at least 15 other states, will participate. Among those coming from out-of-state, the strongest showing will be from school districts in California, Florida and North Carolina.
Arne Duncan, the chief executive officer for the Chicago Public Schools, and Susan Fowler, dean of Illinois' College of Education, will be available at the Illini Union for media interviews between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Both will be able to discuss the current state of employment for teachers, including teacher shortages, as well as new initiatives developing between the Chicago Public Schools and the university.
Included among those initiatives are efforts to recruit future education students from Chicago schools, to place Illinois graduates in Chicago schools, and to provide additional training for Chicago teachers, including through online programs.
Teacher Placement Day is organized by the university's Educational Career Services Office. For additional information, contact director Mildred Trent, or Davida Bluhm, at 217-333-0740.