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

In a classroom, about 30 students sit in a peace circle, seeking to resolve inter-personal conflicts through peaceful means.

Trauma in School Focus of New Grant Project

Poverty rates are growing in Illinois, as are its effects on schools. Alumna Adenia Linker is managing an innovative grant project seeking to address student exposure to violence and trauma.

Alumna Daisy Zamora poses for a photo with fellow health care workers outside a Ministry of Health building in Costa Rica.

Health Education New Focus for YD Grad

MEd Youth Development grad Daisy Zamora traveled to Costa Rica with the UIC Health-Oriented Latino Association to provide medical care and health education for rural Costa Ricans.

Five wooden boards hang from a fence outside Bowen High School, spelling out the school name with capital letters B, O, W, E and N, painted in purple and yellow, the school colors.

School Improvement Data Day at CPS Bowen

EdD Urban Education Leadership student and principal Nia Abdullah worked with parents and students to take a snapshot of school improvement from a motivational perspective.

Alumna Alexis Cullerton stands behind a podium holding a microphone delivering a speech to educators in Educador on English education for teachers.

Teaching English for Teachers in Ecuador

Alumna Alexis Cullerton is working for the U.S. Department of State in Loja, Ecuador to provide the nation's teachers with professional development in teaching English and literacy strategies.

An aerial view of the UIC campus and Douglas Hall, with the Chicago skyline in the background.

Native American Support Program Led by Alumna

Alumna Cynthia Soto is the new director of Native American support programs at UIC, seeking to recruit Chicagoland Native American students and draw connections to their heritage in the community.

Baltimore citizens march with hands raised as a protest to the police killing of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Protests: Alumnus Responds

Benji Hart, BA Urban Education-Elementary Education '14, argues in a Salon article that calling for peace and order after the Baltimore protests is difficult when "the state breaks its own laws with regards to the oppressed."

Zayoni Torres stands outside the College of Education building, posing for a photo.

Dean's Merit Award Winner: Zayoni Torres

After years of building culturally relevant lessons for English language learners in CPS schools, 2015 Dean's Merit Award winner Zayoni Torres is heading to South Africa to train future teachers.

Principal Kevin Gallick stands next to the logo for George Washington High School, painted on a wall in his school, as he poses for a photo.

School Principal: Poverty and Career Options

School principal Kevin Gallick is building a high school devoted to exposing career options to students from predominantly low-income households in Chicago's post-industrial East Side neighborhood.

Yasmeen Elayyan is teaching a class, holding up a children's book as part of a read-aloud with her students.  One student is answering a question, and the rest of the students are looking at her.

School Segregation: When Students Self-Segregate

What happens when students form their own inclusive groups based on race or gender or learning ability? Alumna Yasmeen Elayyan shares her strategies to address student-caused school segregation.

Teacher Amani Ghusein stands behind a girl who is holding a cotton puff in her hand, ready to throw it at the face of a student a few feet away.  The other student is wearing safety goggles as part of an experiment on reflexes and blinking.

Latino Scientists at Work in Alumna's Classroom

When alumna Amani Ghusein asks her 4th graders to draw a picture of a scientist, she receives comic-like mad scientists. Her challenge: help her Latino students see themselves as Latino scientists.