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Loyola Receives $3.5 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education
CHICAGO, April 19, 2006 Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education (SOE) received a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and prepare new teachers to work in local high-need schools. Entitled CHAPTER; Chicago’s High-Need Area Partnership for Teacher Education Recruitment, the grant is intended to improve educational opportunities for children K-12 by encouraging recent Loyola graduates to work in high-need school districts where they can foster learning and student success.
With the new grant, Loyola undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in teacher preparation programs in the SOE who agree to teach in high-need schools upon graduation/certification can be awarded up to $9,000 in merit-based tuition funding; graduate students are eligible for up to $5,000. CHAPTER participants, called CHAPTER Scholars, make a commitment to teach in high-need schools for a minimum of one year. CHAPTER also offers scholarship recipients an innovative mentoring and networking system to support them in their first years of teaching.
“The CHAPTER grant allows the SOE to strengthen our commitment to preparing students for the classroom and to serving communities who are in need of teachers,” said David Prasse, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s School of Education. “It provides us the opportunity to further take advantage of our city location and help bring educational opportunities to the local community.”
A pilot group of 17 Loyola CHAPTER Scholars was recognized earlier this year. Loyola has nearly doubled the number of scholarship applications since that time, and remains dedicated to its goal of increasing the number of CHAPTER scholarships significantly by Fall 2006.
Members of the CHAPTER program will create positive classroom environments that encourage critical thinking and help students develop a love of education and life-long learning. Loyola students may apply for the CHAPTER program in their sophomore year to receive funding during their junior and senior years; graduate students and transfer students may apply as soon as they are admitted to a School of Education teacher education degree program.
Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education will join several other educational agencies in this shared commitment to promoting social justice in the education system. CHAPTER unites Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences; Chicago, Evanston and Des Plaines Public School Districts; and Oakton Community College in its mission.
“We are fortunate to have such dedicated partners working towards our goal to bring educational opportunities to all children,” said Prasse. “Educational inequality is a nationwide problem. However, under CHAPTER, we can begin to improve the schools in our own community.”
About Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education
Located in the heart of Chicago, on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the SOE offers undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degree programs. As part of a major university in a world-class location, the SOE provides high-quality programs that develop professional skills and knowledge both for the classroom and for diverse urban environments. Loyola’s School of Education also maintains strong partnerships with local Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Archdiocese Schools, as well as with suburban schools, to provide extensive opportunities for clinical experiences and research.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.