Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The partnership between Loyola University Chicago (LUC), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Center for Curriculum Analysis (CCA) is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and housed in LUC Office of the Provost. The goal of this partnership is to create a three-tiered system of professional learning (PL) to build a sustainable network of PL facilitators within CPS.  The partnership will enhance the capacity of the PL facilitators in CPS by deepening their understanding of the Amplify Science curriculum, supporting reflective instructional practices, and developing a coherent PL approach that attends to equity.  This project will develop a collaborative exportable professional learning structure.  Project activities include intensive support of five geographically distributed “model schools” serving as laboratories/showcases of high-quality implementation of Amplify Science in CPS.  Model schools will be supported through LUC and CCA coaching in addition to the PL, providing rich, local exemplars of quality implementation for videos and/or site visits.