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Loyola Receives $1.3 Million Contract from Chicago Public Schools
Supporting Programs Related to City’s High School Transportation Project
CHICAGO, December 12, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Science and Math Education (CSME), along with its partner, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has been named the recipient of a $1.3 million contract from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as part of Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago’s highly touted high school transformation project. Under the guidelines of the contract, Loyola and UIC will receive a guaranteed $1.3 million this year, and potentially receive a total of $3.5 million over the course of the three-year agreement with CPS.
As one of four universities taking part in the transformation project, Loyola’s responsibilities focus on curriculum alignment and enhancement, professional development for teachers, and embedded assessment in the inquiry-based science curriculum being implemented at the following CPS high schools: Crane Technical Preparatory High School, Dyett High School, Fenger Academy High School, and Michelle Clark Academic Prep High School.
Implementation of the CSME’s program is currently under way and has been aided by the addition of staff members Martha Robinson and Patrick Daubenmire (project manager). Robinson, hired as a full-time “coach” to be stationed at each of Loyola’s targeted schools, is a CPS employee on loan for the duration of this project and spends her days working with CPS faculty on their own professional development while also working to improve each school’s science curriculum.
“We’ve partnered with the CPS on a variety of initiatives throughout the years, but being selected to work with the City of Chicago on this groundbreaking high school transformation project is a true honor,” said David Slavsky, director of Loyola’s CSME. “When it comes to science, CPS students have historically lagged behind their peers in other urban cities, and we’re excited to play a major role in reversing that trend.”
The City of Chicago’s broad, new high school transformation plan was first unveiled in September 2005 by CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan. The plan, boosted by a $21 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will improve classroom instruction, provide parents and students more school options and opportunities, and make school performance more accountable to parents by giving them new tools, such as a “scorecard” to track school performance in a range of areas, including graduation, school climate, teacher information, and student achievement.
“We are very happy that Loyola is among the area colleges and universities making our ambitious and comprehensive high school transformation plan possible,” said Duncan. “These kinds of partnerships will help us accomplish one of the biggest challenges of the plan–making our high school curriculum more rigorous, so that more students are prepared for college and the world.”
About the Center for Science and Math Education
Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Science and Math Education represents a cooperative effort between the University’s School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. Dedicated to improving the quality of science and math education in area schools, the Center and its faculty have developed a number of well-respected programs to achieve this goal. In addition to its direct work with the CPS, CSME offers a number of science and math-related teaching programs to educators at all levels.
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 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 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 also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. 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 69 undergraduate majors, 77 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” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.