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Welcome from the Executive Director

My name is Janet Holt and I joined the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) as its Executive Director in August 2012. I am excited to be part of the IERC with its dedicated staff and with the impact they have made on educational policy in Illinois. The previous Acting Director, Brenda Klostermann, has made this an especially smooth transition for me, as the IERC has been thriving under her leadership. Dr. Klostermann continues on at the IERC as the Associate Director for Administration.

The IERC is an independent research organization at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) that conducts education policy research on issues of import to the state of Illinois. Since 2009, we have been the legislated research arm of the Illinois P-20 Council. Our policy research follows important educational trends in Illinois and is disseminated through our research reports, presentations to the Illinois P-20 Council and its subcommittees, and through conference presentations.

Readers of our policy reports have come to expect high quality research on issues relevant to Illinois. As the Executive Director of IERC, I will continue to uphold a high standard for rigorous, independent research that has been the hallmark of the IERC. Our dedicated research staff have a strong presence in the State and frequently partner with other research centers and university faculty in collaborative projects.

The IERC is fortunate to be one of the research centers at SIUE under the direction of Jerry Weinberg, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, whose support has provided collaborative opportunities and has strengthened the IERC.

Please take a minute to visit the links to our policy reports, the bios of our research staff and our ongoing research projects to see how the IERC contributes to the educational community in Illinois.

Janet Holt

The Mission in Action

The Illinois Education Research Council, housed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was established in 2000 to provide Illinois with education research to support P-20 education policy making and program development. The IERC undertakes independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, that informs and strengthens Illinois' commitment to providing a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens. Through publications, presentations, participation on committees and an annual research symposium, the IERC brings objective and reliable evidence to the work of state policy makers and practitioners. It has legislated responsibility to provide and coordinate research to inform the work of the Illinois P-20 Council, which is composed of representatives from the Governor's office and the General Assembly, designees from the three education sectors (elementary, secondary, and higher education), and business, union, and community leaders.

Administrative Structure

The IERC is led by its Director, who appoints and receives advice from an Advisory Board drawn from Illinois' educational researchers, education providers, state education agencies and other stakeholders. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to review progress and advise on priorities and projects. The IERC is administratively housed in The Graduate School at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Staff of the Illinois Education Research Council

The Illinois Education Research Council has a small cadre of research and professional staff; they are well equipped as quantitative and qualitative researchers and policy analysts to undertake major research projects, policy analyses, and research reviews. The work of the IERC is extended through collaborative partnerships with other researchers. The IERC also seeks to leverage the state investment in the IERC through grant funding.

Janet K. Holt
Executive Director
Professor of Educational Leadership

Brenda K. Klostermann
Associate Director
Assistant Research Professor

Eric J. Lichtenberger 
Assistant Research Professor

Bradford R. White
Senior Researcher

Jennifer S. Barnhart
Research Associate

Jacqueline Twitty
Office Manager

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