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

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.

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.

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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.