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Faculty, students and alumni making good on the promise of urban public education

The Crawford Generating Station, a now-retired coal plant in Chicago.  A rusted orange smokestack rises above a series of boarded up window panes on a large red brick building.

Environmental Justice is Chicago Teens' Mission

Alumnus Daniel Morales-Doyle facilitated a Dean's Community Engagement project providing forums for Little Village teens to investigate issues of environmental justice.

A teacher is looking at examples of student art on a bulletin board in a school hallway, surrounded by young Black male students.

Teaching Profession Under Attack, Says Alumnus

Alumnus Dave Stieber, MEd Policy Studies '12, responds to Governor Bruce Rauner's allegation that the Chicago Teachers Union's 40,000 teachers comprises a dictatorship.

Teacher Amani Ghusein stands behind two students who are running a science experiment, in which one student throws a cotton ball at the face of the second student, to test the second student's blinking reflexes.  The second student is wearing safety goggles.

Science Identity for Urban Students

When alumna Amani Ghusein asks her students to draw a picture of a scientist, most draw a mad scientist. Few draw self-images. Check out Amani's strategies to strengthen science identity.

Janice Jackson poses for a photo in a school hallway, with a number of teachers and students walking in the hallway in the background.

School Budget Debate Features Alumna CPS CEO

Alumna Janice Jackson, new Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools and former CPS principal and network chief, was featured on Chicago Tonight discussing CPS' school budget crunch.

The cover of Jessie Ann Foley's new book,

Story Workshops for Teaching Creative Writing

At CPS Taft High School, Jessie Ann Foley teaches creative writing using story workshops, the same techniques she employed in publishing her award-winning young adult fiction novel, "The Carnival at Bray."

A kindergartner uses her finger to spell out the word

Digital Literacy in the Urban Classroom

Alumnus Michael Manderino thinks providing students with an iPad is not enough to achieve digital literacy. The literacy part needs to come first.

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Restorative Healing Addresses Urban Black Trauma

MEd Youth Development alumnus Danton Floyd is re-imagining how urban institutions and spaces can foster restorative healing from trauma in Chicago's Black communities.

Teacher Dayo Harris stands at the front of a classroom, in front of a whiteboard and a map of the continent of Africa, delivering a lesson to a classroom of students.  In the foreground of the image, two Black female students are listening to Harris talk.

Racial Identity and its Role in the Classroom

Dayo Harris, MEd Language, Literacies and Learning student, works with students at Village Leadership Academy to understand racial identity within the context of current events.

Three students sit at a row of computers, typing and working on a computer coding task. Two of the students are elementary students working with the third student, who is a high school mentor.

Computer Science Program Builds Access

College student Brandon Strawn, resident assistant principal at Lindblom High School, built a computer science workshop to attract neighborhood students to the selective enrollment school.

The Ragdale House, where Rachel Harper is completing her fellowship studying student reverie.

Student Reverie Focus of Ragdale Fellowship

Do students need time for daydreaming and singing in the school day? PhD Curriculum and Instruction student Rachel Harper's research argues spaces for student reverie are critical to the learning process.