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Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Catholic School Effectiveness Partners with Catholic Schools in Principal Preparation Grant
$4.64 Million Grant Will Help Address the Leadership Needs of Catholic Schools
CHICAGO, March 19, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago is one of four Illinois University’s that was recently awarded the Illinois Partnerships Advance Rigorous Training (IL-PART) grant. This $4.64 million U.S. Department of Education School Leadership Grant represents a collaborative effort between districts and universities aimed at improving the way principals prepare and develop in Illinois. The program also aims to better retain future leaders for schools.
Loyola’s Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (CCSE) will coordinate the participation of schools within the dioceses of Springfield, Rockford, and Peoria. The CCSE will directly work in three main areas: talent development, intern candidate support, and building leadership support. CCSE will also work with partner dioceses to assist in creating systems to address the expanding leadership needs of Catholic schools.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the Catholic schools of Springfield, Rockford, and Peoria,” said Michael J. Boyle, PhD, CCSE assistant director and project coordinator. “This grant will allow CCSE to coordinate resources and develop collegial structures to ensure that these schools will continue to have quality instructional leaders for the future.”
The five-year grant will also help future principals meet state licensure requirements and will provide professional development opportunities to current principals and assistant principals.
In addition to the partnership between CCSE and the dioceses of Springfield, Rockford, and Peoria, other IL-PART partnerships include: Bloomington District 87 and Illinois State University, East Aurora District 131 and North Central College, and Quincy District and Western Illinois University.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and GraduateSchool. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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