CORE, the Center for Ongoing Renewal and Enrichment, is the largest pre-service teacher-support program in the nation. It provides professional development and personal mentoring for Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois. The CORE conference is open to all preK-12 teaching professionals.
Each summer, a four-to-five-day-residence CORE Conference is held at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Golden Apple Scholars and colleagues who have completed their student teaching join teaching Scholars from across the state to enrich their professional lives as teachers.
The conference is organized, planned and facilitated by Golden Apple Scholars, Fellows, educational consultants and colleagues. Each conference follows Illinois standards and provides Credits for Professional Development Units for recertification.
Designed to meet the professional and personal needs of classroom teachers, following Illinois standards, CORE offers a chance for camaraderie and professional growth among respected peers.