Education/Southern Illinois Future Teachers Coalition (SIFTC)

The Partners
The Southern Illinois Future Teachers Coalition (SIFTC) is a partnership between John A. Logan College, Shawnee Community College, Southern Illinois University, the Illinois State Board of Education, and nine Southern Illinois high schools which include Anna-Jonesboro, Carterville, Cobden, Johnston City, Joppa, Massac, Meridian, Vienna, and West Frankfort.

The Mission/Purpose
SIFTC is working to address the teacher shortage that is being experienced state-wide with targeted programming at the local level in Southern Illinois. For a comprehensive overview of the efforts please review the current grant application at this link: SIFTC CTE Educator Career Pathway Grant.pdf.

Instructor/Coordinator-Education
SIFTC is lead by instructor/coordinates Brooke May (brookemmay@viennahs.com) and Hannah Middleton (hannahjmiddleton@viennahs.com). Both Mrs. May and Mrs. Middleton are highly motivated and passionate people that are working to lead the work and fulfill the mission and purpose of creating an effective and diverse educator pipeline in Southern Illinois by addressing the teacher shortage with long-term aligned solutions.
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Job Description
Instructor/Coordinator-Education SIFTC Education Career Pathway Job Description.pdf.

History
How we started...
https://news.siu.edu/2019/05/052919-teachers-start-grant.php

ISBE Education Career Pathway Grant
Illinois State Board of Education informational page on the Education Career Pathway Grant. Follow the below link and then scroll the dark blue bars near the bottom and select Education Career Pathway Grant...
https://www.isbe.net/cte


Press Releases
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ISBE Awards Grants for Teacher Shortage in Southern Illinois
-ISBE awards $1.5 million in Education Career Pathways Grants to recruit future educators

Media Coverage
-https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/coalition-of-southern-illinois-schools-gets-1m-grant-to-address-teacher-shortage/article_2102262e-8dcc-11eb-84ce-4bba9df1309c.html
-https://news.siu.edu/2019/05/052919-teachers-start-grant.php
-https://thesouthern.com/news/local/1m-isbe-grant-to-teacher-coalition-aims-to-create-pipeline-for-homegrown-educators/article_994e79ea-f422-5b28-97bb-808f69e17562.html

Additional Resources
-IARSS Educator Shortage Dashboard https://iarss.org/educator-shortage/
-NIU Education Systems Center Scaling Education Pathways in Illinois (SEPI) https://edsystemsniu.org/scaling-education-pathways-in-illinois/
-Golden Apple https://www.goldenapple.org/
-Advance Illinois Data Desk on Teacher Shortage https://www.advanceillinois.org/datadesk-teachershortage/
-ISBE College and Career Pathway Endorsement https://www.isbe.net/pathwayendorsements

Photo Package

The photo package below captures Vienna students in Mrs. Leslie Bradley’s dual credit education courses fulfilling the observation requirements of the dual credit education courses taught at Vienna. The students in these courses are meeting the requirements for Human Development and Learning (EDUC214) and Diversity in Education (EDUC211) at Southern Illinois University.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wZ83yUY5-x9rsxI2s7wu-2gcE9vZW0wA?usp=sharing

Vienna senior Brady Rudluff is currently enrolled in the educator dual credit program with instructor Leslie Bradley. Brady is pictured playing Uno with Mrs. Vinson’s kindergarten students.

Harmony Womack, a senior, is enrolled in the dual credit educator pipeline program at Vienna. Harmony is pictured helping a Vienna first grader practice her reading skills.

Alli Knaak, a senior, is assisting in Mrs. Quertermous’ 1st grade class. She is pictured helping the student with his Scholastic work.

Maddie Thorton, a junior, starts her observation work each Friday at recess with the 5th grade students.

Heather Trambley, a senior, is helping an 8th grade student in Mrs. Douglas’ class with preparing for an upcoming test over The Outsiders.