The Center - Resources for Teaching and Learning


We offer expert professional development and support for
education professionals who, in mainstream classrooms or
specialized venues, serve at-risk students and those from the
most difficult circumstances.

Due to the current situation, we have closed The Center office while the Governor’s shelter-in-place order is in effect. Our primary concern is the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and constituents.  I am fully aware of the challenges we face with this decision, but I truly feel it is in the best interest of all of us.  We are committed to continuing our services through virtual communications.  Collectively, through our various programs, we have developed strategies to sustain our outreach to parents, educators, and communities at large.  Please refer to the various programs links that serve your needs.  The directors of each of these programs are fully aware of these challenging times and are doing everything imaginable to continue serving all of you.

We are in uncharted waters and will continue to monitor this situation as circumstances and events evolve.  We wish you health and safety during these troubled times.  Please continue to access our website for updates or new developments.
— Ron Perlman, President
The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning


For more than 40 years, The Center has been a critically important resource for Illinois education.

The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, is a nationally recognized professional development
and educational services organization dedicated to better teaching and learning in early childhood,
elementary, secondary and adult education.

Our focus is on education professionals who serve distressed and at-risk populations — children at
risk of academic failure, young children with special needs, students from linguistically and culturally
diverse backgrounds, refugees and immigrants. We also serve professionals that work with adults who
seek to advance their position by obtaining U.S. citizenship, a GED, improved language skills, or basic
skills needed to hold and advance from service jobs.

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