Conferences, Research, and Outreach
The Institute collaborates with the Loyola University Chicago School of Education and other institutions to present conferences, trainings and other special events on education law and policy issues. The Institute also works together with other University publications and platforms to disseminate research regarding the most pressing contemporary issues confronting education law and policy.
Early Childhood Education
On March 15, 2013, the Institute co-sponsored a symposium with Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development entitled Early Childhood Education for the Future: The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective High-Quality School Readiness Programs.
In 2006, the Institute held the first national interdisciplinary conference on The Law and Policy of Universal Preschool, an event organized in conjunction with the Loyola University Chicago School of Education and Erikson Graduate School of Child Development.
Special Education and Charter Schools
The Institute has been involved in a number of ways in activities designed to enhance the ability of charter schools to meet the needs of students with disabilities. In 2011, the Institute organized a pathbreaking symposium on Special Education and Charter Schools. The Institute has also collaborated with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools to organize a series of trainings on special education for charter schools. Training materials and presentations are posted here.
Education in the Context of Poverty and Homelessness
The Institute has also focused its outreach on issues relating to education for low-income and homeless children. In particular, the Institute co-sponsored the 2009 Public Interest Law Reporter Symposium entitled Separate and Unequal? The Socioeconomic Realities of Public Education in America.
Scholarship and Research
The Institute publishes its research in the ChildLaw and Education Institute Forum and in the Journal of Early Education Law and Policy. Moreover, the Institute partners with the Children's Legal Rights Journal and the Public Interest Law Reporter to publish its conference papers.
The Institute's faculty also publishes highly regarded and influential scholarship in the field of education law through leading books and articles.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law operates a Street Law program that brings law students to urban high schools to teach legal concepts.
The Institute works with Loyola University Chicago's Center for Comparative Education to conduct international research regarding global education issues. The Institute also sponsors field projects and experiential learning on education issues throughout the world, including in Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Chile and India.