North Central College - Naperville, IL

Fitzsimmons administering professional development program for math teachers

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Jan Fitzsimmons
Jan Fitzsimmons

North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is administering a professional development program to help math teachers better serve children in high-need schools.

Fitzsimmons is featured in a July 8 story in the (Springfield) State Journal-Register about math teachers participating in a professional development program in Jacksonville and Beardstown.

Fitzsimmons, who is operational coordinator of the program and director of the Associated Colleges of Illinois Center for Success in High-Need Schools, told the newspaper the program helps educators learn the latest best practices and other tools to better serve children.

“Providing professional development is one way to retain teachers in these high-need schools,” she said.

At North Central College, Fitzsimmons is executive director of the College’s urban education laboratory, which develops partnerships with high-need schools and connects North Central education students with early and ongoing clinical experiences and rigorous internships in high-need schools. She also is director of the Junior/Seniors Scholars Program, which serves children who attend high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora and Chicago.

North Central College is one of three institutions of higher education partnering with Associated Colleges of Illinois and the Illinois Math and Science Academy to administer a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership Program that provides the summer training program for math teachers.