The CEC, an affiliate of the Illinois Education Association, was awarded a contract with the Illinois State Board of Education to exclusively provide the state mandated teacher evaluation training (Growth Through Learning). The training and corresponding assessments are not only required for all principals statewide, but also for principal candidates and principal preparation faculty throughout Illinois. Funds from this SLP grant will pay for principal preparation candidates in the three IL-PART university programs to complete the Growth Through Learning training modules and assessments. Failure to successfully complete the assessments will render a candidate ineligible for the Illinois Principal Endorsement and will preclude him or her from holding a principal or assistant principal position in an Illinois public school. Upon request from the districts, CEC also offers some additional customized work, including new principal mentoring in QPS.