Centers, Clinics and Labs

Center for Literacy

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The UIC Center for Literacy is a public service and research center that works to improve literacy education, policy and research at the local, state and national levels. The Center provide leadership and technical assistance to Chicago area schools and community-based organizations for the purpose of enhancing the quality of literacy services. The Center works with public and private entities to formulate policies that support effective literacy programs, responding to issues in literacy education by serving as a public clearinghouse for literacy information; establishing partnerships with university departments and external agencies; contributing to enhanced graduate education for future leaders in literacy education; and creating innovative, research-based programs that serve as exemplary models for public practice. Its activities are especially focused on helping to reduce literacy as a barrier to full societal participation for all individuals.

Center for Urban Education Leadership

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The Center for Urban Education Leadership researches the best ways to prepare visionary leaders for high-need urban schools, advocates for these models of principal preparation at the local, state and national policy levels and serves as a hub for information dissemination to other researchers and to the public on the latest trends and advancements in school leader training.  The Center believes that great school leaders should be the rule, not the exception, and supports the College’s EdD Urban Education Leadership program, which is developing school leaders at scale.  The Center is unique in its goal of demonstrating how colleges and universities must change if they are to produce principals who can routinely improve student learning in schools. For over ten years, UIC has been showing that producing transformational leaders at scale requires a rigorous, practice-based approach.

Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education

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The Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education is a collaborative of faculty members and graduate students and community advisors/partners. The Collaborative produces research that supports engagement and advocacy of school communities toward equity and justice in public schools. CEJE works in partnership with parents, students, teachers, and community organizations to conduct research and policy analysis, produce policy reports, and engage public discussions of education policy. Their work aims to strengthen public education and support public school teachers, democratic teacher unions, parents and students toward schools that provide all children with an equitable public education that is academically rigorous, rich in the arts and physical development, socially and emotionally supportive, grounded in students’ communities and cultures, and that prepares children and youth to participate critically in democratic public life.

UIC Assessment Clinic

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The UIC Assessment Clinic serves the Chicagoland community by conducting comprehensive educational evaluations for school age children (6 to 16 years) who are experiencing academic difficulties in school. Evaluations are individualized to the student’s particular learning needs and are completed by interns seeking their Masters or Certification in Special Education under the guidance of the clinic instructors and the director. These assessments include a comprehensive battery of formal tests, informal measures and both parent and teacher interviews. Observations in the classroom and the clinic assist in exploring the student’s academic profile. A formal report of the student’s educational strengths with recommendations is written for the parents at the conclusion of the semester.

UIC Reading Clinic

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The UIC Reading Clinic provides tutoring support by graduate students to individuals living in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs who struggle with reading and writing. Preference is given to students who are between 11-17 years old. Under certain circumstances, adults are eligible to receive tutoring support at the Clinic.

The Clinic was founded on the principles of providing high quality training for reading professionals who would be able to address the unique needs of struggling readers and writers, as well as providing the opportunity to conduct research for developing effective practices for working with struggling readers and writers.

Since its inception the Reading Clinic has serviced more than 720 children and prepared more than 500 reading professionals, many of whom have served in leadership positions throughout the Chicagoland area. Other trained professionals have become school superintendents, district literacy leaders, and teacher educators at universities throughout the United States. Many of the professionals who received preparation at the UIC Research and Remedial Reading Clinic attribute their success to the intense one-to-one tutoring experience working with struggling readers and writers, particularly working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Please call the Clinic at 312-996-0709 to request an initial screening. The screening takes about an hour and the fee is $10.00.

PRAIRIE Group

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The PRAIRIE Group engages in formative evaluation and applied research of education and training programs, policies, and initiatives with the goal of improving the quality of education and community life in urban settings.

The group provide training and technical support to enhance the capacity of organizations, agencies, and institutions interested in using evaluation and research to improve the quality of their programs and the effectiveness of their organizations.

PRAIRIE Group researchers also engage in several community projects that are based in social justice principles of community education, writing and research.

Educational Technology Lab

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The Educational Technology Lab offers computer lab space, video and audio equipment and technical assistance to students; a full suite of technical and printing needs for faculty and staff; and a community outreach program bringing Chicago area children to the Lab for experiences with technology, robotics, hydroponics, coding and more.

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FACT Lab

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The Faculty Assistance Center for Technology Lab, or FACT Lab, is a service at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Lab works with faculty at the college to develop strategies to leverage technology for teaching, research, and service. With all the new tools that seem to be invented every day in the tech industry, they think about how educators can best use these tools for teaching in K-12 and higher ed. The Lab also explores how new apps, gadgets and tech can illuminate new ways of seeing and collecting data in research.

The FACT Lab conducts regular workshops and professional development seminars that discuss the intersection of technology, teaching, and research. They also publish documents and videos about leveraging technology for teaching and learning. Their facilitators, who are educational technologists, are also available for one-on-one strategy sessions for faculty interested in thinking about technology and how it can be used to align with pedagogical goals.

MESA Laboratory

The MESA Laboratory (MESALab) provides Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment consulting services to College of Education faculty and students enrolled in COE courses at UIC.