Our mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois, especially in schools-of-need.
Our leading-edge education preparation through the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program delivers exceptional teachers who make an impact from day one. We help students - in Illinois and beyond - thrive in the classroom and in life.
Through recognition of master teachers and school leaders with the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership and career support, Golden Apple also advances critical teacher performance and career longevity.
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program prepares highly-effective, diverse teachers to teach in the most challenging school environments in our state. Our Scholars remain in teaching at much higher rates than teachers prepared by any other program.
Despite dwindling enrollment in colleges of education at many universities, each year interest from highly-qualified applicants to our program far outpaces the funding necessary to support expansion of our capacity to prepare more Golden Apple Scholars.