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History

Under the direction of the Illinois State Board of Education, this Special Populations Project began in 1977. Originally housed in the Home Economics Department at Illinois State University, the grant moved to Special Education in 1985 where it remained until 2001 when it relocated to the Educational Administration and Foundations Department, its current home. The Special Populations Project started under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Batche, Project Director, and Toni McCarty, Research Associate. When Dr. Batche moved on to become a university vice president in 1995, Toni McCarty succeeded her as Project Director. In 1998, Donella Hess-Grabill became the new Director of what came to be known as The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support. In 2002, the project formalized an affiliation with the Illinois Community College Board, and Lynn Reha and Stefanie Lee Berardi were hired as Research Associates. Upon Hess Grabill’s retirement from the University, Lynn Reha and Stefanie Lee Berardi progressed into Codirector positions. With the addition of Research Coordinators Aime’e LaFollette Julian and Lisa Matejka in 2005, the project became what you see today.

Previous Funding Streams

Throughout the years, ICSPS has worked with various organizations and acquired many grants to accomplish our mission of improving the performance of Special Populations learners. Listed below are many of these funding streams from throughout our 30-year history:

  • Career Planning for Adult Probationers
  • Special Populations: Staff Development and Activities To Improve Services
  • Local Vocational Network for Criminal Offenders
  • Vocational Student Services Network
  • Special Populations: Staff Development and Activities To Improve Services
  • Illinois Vocational Student Services Network (IVSSN)
  • Ninth Linkages Conference: Serving Special Populations in Education (DORS)
  • Ninth Linkages Conference: Serving Special Populations in Education (DSE #1)
  • Ninth Linkages Conference: Serving Special Populations in Education (DSE #2)
  • Tech Prep for Special Populations
  • Black Hawk College
  • Illinois Vocational Student Services Network (IVSSN)
  • Improving Services for Special Populations Students
  • Building Fairness Consulting Team
  • Staff Development and Activities to Improve Programs and Services for Special Populations Students
  • Illinois Professional Development Partnership Center
  • Serving All Learners
  • Chicago GED Marketing Project
  • Networking Equals Results Conference
  • Peoria Project
  • Training for Local Education To Careers Partnerships (Year 1)
  • Training for Local Education To Careers Partnerships (Year 2)
  • Special Populations Training and Technical Assistance Project: Secondary
  • Special Populations Training and Technical Assistance Project: Postsecondary
  • Assessment for Nontraditional Programs: The Nontraditional Look
  • Civil Rights Self-Assessment: A Tool for Illinois Community Colleges
  • Civil Rights Self-Assessment: A Tool for the Illinois Education Community
  • Chicago Women in Trades
  • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Brochure and Website Design
  • Forum for Excellence Conference
  • Even Start Evaluation
  • Michigan New Look Project
  • Kansas Nontraditional Project
  • Midwest Girls Collaborative Project through Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Early School Leaver Transition Program
  • Literature Review on Root Causes through National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
  • Kansas Nontrad 101
  • Minnesota Nontraditional Project
  • 2010 COABE/ProLiteracy/IACEA National Conference
  • North Dakota New Look: Technical Assistance and Provisions of Professional Development
  • The Computer Science Collaboration Project
  • Partnership for Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC)
  • Curriculum Alignment:  Bridging the Gap Professional Development
  • STEM College and Career Readiness Grant
  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships National Conference