We work closely with teams from educator-preparation programs to transform how they prepare future teachers. To do this, we create multi-year Impact Networks: groups of five to eight educator-preparation programs that work together toward common goals. Programs participating in an Impact Network:

  • Complete diagnostic assessments to gauge current practice;
  • Collect and analyze evidence of teacher-candidate readiness;
  • Engage with key stakeholders, including school partners and teacher-candidates;
  • Design, implement, and measure the impact of interventions; and
  • Receive ongoing and targeted support from Deans for Impact through network convenings, coaching calls, and learning visits.

At the end of an Impact Network, programs have completed a full improvement cycle and tracked learning outcomes of candidates.


Current Impact Networks:


Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network

Between 2018-2020, five Illinois programs and their P-12 school partners are working together with Deans for Impact to improve the instructional preparedness of beginning teachers, with an emphasis on culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse classroom contexts. Participants include:

  • National Louis University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Relay Graduate School of Education Chicago
  • Roosevelt University

Collectively, these programs prepare nearly 20% of Illinois’s new teachers.


Louisiana Believe and Prepare Impact Collaborative

Between 2018-2019, Deans for Impact and the Louisiana Department of Education are bringing together six educator-preparation programs to improve how they prepare ELA and math teachers. Their improvement work is grounded in data and focused on increasing candidate learning outcomes. Participants include:

  • Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • McNeese State University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • University of New Orleans


Learning by Scientific Design Network

In 2019, Deans for Impact will launch the new Learning by Scientific Design Network to bring together approximately four to six educator-preparation programs committed to infusing principles of learning science into the preparation of teacher-candidates. Building off Deans for Impact’s The Science of Learning publication, this new initiative will enable Deans for Impact to work with participating programs over two years to reimagine and redesign the arc of teacher-candidate experiences.

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