Laura Milas, Central art teacher, represents art educators on the ISBE Illinois Professional Educator Competencies (IPEC)

Milas was selected as one of only three art educators in the state to serve in this capacity. In summer 2019, the ISBE began a multi-phased process to examine teaching and teacher preparation standards, best practices and evaluation tools to develop a system of professional educator competencies, known as the Illinois Professional Educator Competencies (IPEC).  The IPEC will provide a measurable continuum, which defines competency from teacher education candidate to veteran teacher as well as across education employment pathways.  The third phase began in the summer of 2021 and includes core, steering committee and content specialists to provide classroom views of each competency and to identify resources for beginning teachers and evaluators.