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Western Union's Science Instruction Enrichment for Teachers of ELL Students program

With the support of the Western Union Foundation, the Center for Science and Math Education is providing a one-year program to build capacity of teachers of ELL students in science content knowledge and inquiry-based instructional approaches. The cohort will consist of teams of two teachers from each participating school who support ELL students learning of high school science. For more information, email science@luc.edu.

Loyola Joins with CPS and Community Partners to Win $1.4 Million Award from NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and a consortium of community partners (Adler Planetarium, Depaul University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Loyola University Chicago) has been awarded $1.4 million to provide CPS high school students and teachers with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research with NASA mission data.

The teachers and students in Loyola's program will work with data from the recently launched Kepler space probe. Kepler will be scanning other stars in the galaxy to search for the existence of orbiting planets.

More information will be coming soon and keep watching the skies!

Scale Up of Math and Science K-12 Education Reform in a Large Urban District

The Loyola University Chicago Center for Science and Math Education hosts a two-year (2007-2009), National Science Foundation DRK-12 "systems research" grant. The research focuses on the systemic reform of math and science education in Chicago from 2002 through 2008. This project engages a research team that includes faculty and educators from Loyola University-Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, UIC and other institutions. In the first year researchers analyzed qualitative and quantitative longitudinal empirical data documenting Chicago reform initiatives during the stages of design, planning, and initial implementation through scale up and adaptation. Now in its second year, the project will be sharing findings widely with additional practitioners and researchers who will be engaged to actively collaborate on shaping the next steps for research and action. A poster describing the project is available. You can read a draft version of our white paper. For more information, or to send comments about our white paper, contact Dr. Stacy Wenzel at 773-508-7330 or email her at swenzel@luc.edu.

Announcing a new M.Ed. in Chemistry Teaching Program

Loyola's Center for Science and Math Education, in partnership with Loyola's School of Education is proud to announce a new degree specifically designed for teachers of high school chemistry. The new M.Ed. in Science Education with an emphasis in Chemistry teaching will provide teachers with a broad range of skills and background needed to teach chemistry in urban high schools. Focused on learners in high-needs districts, the program emphasizes inquiry pedagogy and meaningful laboratory experiences, as supported by the current literature on effective science teaching.

Because of generous funding from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as part of the Illinois Math-Science Partnerships as well as from Loyola University, teachers accepted into the first cohort of this program will be able to earn this M.Ed. in Science Education (Chemistry Teaching) at no cost! For more information about this program contact The Center for Science and Math Education at 773-508-3513 or email us at science@luc.edu. Read more about the M.Ed. in Science Education for Chemistry Teachers and also go to our online application. We will be admitting applicants on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible!

Attention Science Teachers!!

Learn about Loyola's Master's Degree in Science Education! Contact us at 773-508-8352 or by email at science@luc.edu

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