June 12, 2003

       Contact: Michelle Green


Media Advisory




What:                          The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Project Minority Student Support for Teaching, 14th Annual Summer Conference. Dr. Robert Schiller, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, and Dr. Jack E. Daniels, president of Lincoln Land Community College, will speak.


When:                         Conference begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 3 p.m. on Friday June 13, 2003

Dr. Daniels will speak on “The Path to Success” at 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Schiller will speak on “A Bright Future for Minority Teachers” at 1:15 p.m.


Where:                        Dr. Schiller’s address will be in classroom GH on the third floor of the Public Affairs Center. The rest of the conference will take place in Brookens Library Building, room 475.


Background:               Project MSS is an effort to assist the Springfield and Decatur school districts to recruit and retain minority elementary and secondary teachers. In addition to UIS, project partners are Lincoln Land Community College, Richland Community College, Springfield District 186, Decatur District 61, and the Springfield Urban League.


It is recognized as District 186’s primary recruitment initiative for African-American teachers.


Students who participate are recruited in their junior year of high school and make a commitment to return to the Springfield or Decatur schools for at least two years after obtaining certification.