The Illinois Resource Center (IRC) is the state’s premier provider of technical assistance and professional development for educators of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. Our experienced practitioners combine the latest scholarship and best practices in order to deliver relevant content and meaningful experiences to the communities we serve.

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“The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC) and the JCCC Foundation have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Illinois Resource Center. Both agencies have worked collaboratively in connection to the Student Achievement and Development Grants that are awarded each year by the JCCC Foundation. We look forward to partnering with the IRC for many years to come.”

Tetsuro Mitani, Executive Director of the JCCC and Secretary/Treasurer of the JCCC Foundation

“Attending classes at the IRC was an eye opening experience into the world of EL/Bilingual learners. It has inspired me to teach with strategies and a social justice perspective that ensures all students receive an equitable education.”

Tracy Sohn, Teacher, Chicago Public Schools and featured in the film documentary No Small Matter

“Ten years ago, I took my first ESL/Bilingual endorsement courses with the IRC and attended critical professional development sessions to support my Dual Language teaching career. Now, as the Director of Multilingual Programs for District 59, I have been able to gain a more global perspective on how IRC positively impacts school districts and the field of education as a whole.”

Griselda Pirtle, Director of Multilingual Programs, Community Consolidated School District 59

“Our district has enjoyed an ongoing, supportive relationship with the IRC since 2014. We began with technical assistance to improve our programming and have grown to a professional development series to develop a strong mission, vision, and critical actions to create a system that positively supports our biliterate students and community.”

Melody Becker, EL and Modern Language Director, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201

For the last 5 years, the Illinois Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS) and the IRC have formed a collaborative relationship, which foments not only a deep understanding of the needs of teachers, serving in a multilingual environment, but also administrators serving the needs of their staff in multilingual and multicultural districts. We are proud to call ourselves partners.

Illinois Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS)
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