As the Illinois State Board of Education issued preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, many field experience, aspiring teachers were unable to complete field observation hours in local private and public schools as part of the program.
Lewis University’s middle and secondary education faculty began to explore other options and reached out to Illinois Virtual School. IVS is an approved supplemental online learning provider of the Illinois State Board of Education and administered through the Peoria Regional Office of Education #48.
In a newly established agreement, IVS Illinois licensed instructors are working alongside Lewis University teacher candidates to help them learn best practices in teaching online. With the support of IVS, Lewis University teacher candidates are gaining valuable experience and will be in a position to join schools in applying best practices for e-learning and utilizing digital tools in traditional learning environments.
The candidates are engaged in designing online lessons, creating assessments and learning best practices in communicating and providing feedback in the online learning environment.
Illinois Virtual School offers a complete catalog of full-service and credit recovery courses for middle and high school students. Enrollment is still open for IVS’ Summer Term. IVS also offers Professional Development courses for Illinois Teachers.