Making a Difference
Read the latest stories featuring students, faculty, and alumni, from Loyola's School of Education, who are making their mark in the field of education.
Loyola University Chicago Opportunities in Catholic Education Program–coined LU CHOICE–is a two-year, field-based teacher formation program dedicated to Catholic education. It provides participants with full scholarships as they complete their master’s degrees in elementary education and gain Illinois certification.READ MORE
In an ever-changing world where society is forced to constantly adapt to its new realities, academia, too, faces this same obstacle. Recently, Norma López, PhD, and Demetri Morgan, PhD–School of Education faculty–were awarded funding from the Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage for their research project, Bridging Cura: Faculty of color socialization at a Jesuit institution.READ MORE
The School of Education recognizes that it is invaluable for students to become globally minded advocates, leaders, analysts, researchers, activists, scholars, and educators - this is why Loyola is home to dozens of study abroad programs that promote life-changing experiences for students. Loyola graduate, Laurel Brooks, earned her Masters in Education in Higher Education in 2023. During her time at Loyola, Brooks studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) during the summer of 2022.READ MORE
In the classroom and beyond, Loyola School of Education faculty and students have been forging an important path toward a world without racism. Whether it be in lecture halls, on YouTube, or in nationally recognized news outlets, members of the School of Education community stand on the front lines of developing a more just and equal society for all.READ MORE
Johnnie Campbell is a PhD student in Loyola University Chicago's Higher Education Program with an emphasis in Education Policy Studies. He is a Chicago Native from the South Side, and his predominant research interest is the ways Black men resist the forms of oppression that manifest in college environments. In addition to his studies, he founded his own movement, The Resistance Roundtables, LLC, where he centers marginalized and historically minoritized groups to offer new perspectives and provides a platform and voice to these identities.READ MORE
For Amy Wilkinson, M. Ed., timing isn’t limited to choreographing performances and rhythm, but rather taking advantage of an opportunity that would eventually lead to positively impacting the arts and the educational communities of Chicago. Cue the MEd Dance Residency program, a one-of-a-kind opportunity in the state of Illinois.READ MORE
The School of Education's 2023 student commencement speaker, Michele Helmer, is an Elementary Education major and Reading Instruction minor from Minneapolis, MN. She has been a student teacher in a 3rd grade classroom at Wildwood IB World Magnet School. Teaching young children reading and literacy skills has become a passion for her throughout her time at Loyola and is one of the many reasons she pursued an education degree. Upon graduation, she would love to teach first grade.READ MORE
Chicago native Maeve Donlin began her education online during the COVID-19 pandemic. She found her community within the School of Education, discovering that Loyola's Jesuit mission, with an emphasis on social justice and global community, transformed her perspective. She found her calling to work in urban teaching settings, such as Chicago Public Schools. All of this and more led to her being named as one of the 2023 Presidential Medallion winners.READ MORE
Loyola University Chicago offers a wide variety of organizations that allow students to flourish throughout their academic careers. One of the most prestigious and honorable organizations that select Loyola students have the opportunity to join is Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.READ MORE
School of Education Senior, Aidan Doyle, reflects on his journey at Loyola. From the first time he stood on the Lakeshore Campus, the summer before his freshman year, Doyle knew Loyola was the place he'd call home. The last four years prepared Doyle to be a more responsive, intentional teacher for every student within his future classroom.READ MORE
Early Pride Matters is designed to bolster positive and supportive educators and classrooms. The website, launching in 2023, will include inclusive class activities and lessons, children’s books, tips to foster inclusive communities, and tips for educators on how to be an ally.READ MORE
Dr. Seungho Moon created the ARtS Initiative to promote multiple perspectives and critical thinking through art-based inquiry and to fight against social numbness in education. He uses art in the Chicagoland area and the ARtS principles to help people think about how the artwork’s narrative can be dramatically different if it is looked at through a contrasting social, gendered, or racial lens.READ MORE
Loyola School of Education joined forces with the Illinois Prison Project’s director of education, Renaldo Hudson. The two partners convened to use academic voices in collaboration with lived experiences to tackle issues concerning the American prison system and how society’s systems at large have failed to support its people.READ MORE
The Loyola Future Teachers Club, an affiliate of Illinois Education Association (IEA), engages teacher candidates in professional development, social networking, and service projects with local schools. See what club members have to say about their positive experience with with the organization.READ MORE
In March 2021, author Tiffany Fang was profoundly affected when six Asian women were killed by a white gunman in the Atlanta spa shootings. Writing was her tool to reclaim the narrative and tell the story from her vantage point.
Students have real world experiences embedded in real world needs which fosters real world growth.
Inclusive Texts in Elementary Classrooms demonstrates how to put children’s diverse and storied experiences at the center of classroom curriculum.
Thirteen public high school students had the experience of a lifetime.
This summer, four of our students are working with the McCutcheon Community School Initiative and its Summer Explorers Camp for Pre-K - 8th grade students.
School of Education's Dr. Lara Smetana will present at the National Science Teaching Association's web seminar in the series, Preparing the Next Generation of Science Educators.
The Curriculum Foundations Reader, co-authors by Drs. Tocci & Moon, were awarded the 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education.
Congratulations to Drs. Mike Grillo (Biology) and Lara Smetana (Education) on securing funding from the National Science Foundation for the 5-year project entitled Pre-service Teacher Research Experience in Biodiversity Studies.
The Language, Culture, and Curriculum MEd program is an online degree program seeking applicants from the United States and around the globe for its next cohort, slated to begin in August 2022. This program prepares educators for multilingual learners, commonly referred to as English learners, in a variety of contexts from prekindergarten through higher education.
The School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago is excited to celebrate the work of Dr. Seungho Moon for his book publication entitled, The Flows of Transnationalism: Questioning Identities and Reimagining Curriculum (Routledge, 2022).
Grant awarded to Big City Social Studies Group (BCSS) which was co-founded by Loyola professor Dr. Charles Tocci.
Big City Social Studies Group (BCSS), co-founded by Loyola’s own Dr. Charles Tocci, receives grant from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
We are pleased to announce that Sharnequa Hunter and Janese Nolan received the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship (DFI Fellowship)!
The School of Education is honored to celebrate the work of Mitch Hendrickson, Dr. Jon Schmidt and, and Dr. Dave Ensminger supporting community schools.
The School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago congratulates Drs. Mike Grillo (Assistant Professor in Biology) & Lara Smetana (Associate Professor in the School of Education) on their Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education (BLOOME) Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists
The School of Education is excited to celebrate the continued work of Dr. Hui Xu, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago.
The School of Education is honored to celebrate the work of Dr. Eunju Yoon and her students. They recently published - A meta-analysis of acculturation and enculturation: Bilinear, multidimensional, and context-dependent processes in The Counseling Psychologist.
Join us in celebrating the work of Dr. Tavis Jules and colleagues on their publication of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education
Loyola Researchers Receive Spencer Grant: Supporting English Learners and Immigrant-Origin Youth and Families
The School of Education is excited to announce that Dr. Amy Heineke and Dr. Liz Vera were award a grant from the Spencer Foundation. The grant is titled: English Learner and Immigrant-Origin Youth and Families: A Comparative Case Study of Learning Experiences During and Following the COVID-19 Pandemic
Loyola is one of the recipients of the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program’s competitive grants, thanks to the hard work Dr. Lara Smetana, Associate Professor in the School of Education, put into securing it.
Graduate students across the country, under the leadership of current editor and Loyola PhD student Sydney Curtis, are running a successful peer-reviewed journal that takes aim at power, privilege, and oppression in higher education and student affairs, providing actionable scholarship that can affect meaningful change in higher education. They are also running the journal in a way that embodies the Jesuit value of cura personalis.
Michelle Lia and Debra Sullivan, newly appointed co-directors of the Greeley Center, are delighted to be taking the reins as COVID and a renewed focus on equality in the US has put Catholic schools in a unique position to deliver on their mission as never before.
Pamela Fenning and Miranda Johnson move in two different worlds, but their passions intersect around reforming school discipline—moving from a punitive to a restorative model and addressing practices that disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. So a few years back, they decided to join forces and bring the best of both the School of Education and the School of Law together to offer a certificate in School Discipline Reform—the first interdisciplinary certificate to be offered at Loyola.READ MORE
“Schools are open, leaders are leading, and the business of school is still going on,” said Debra Sullivan, the Administration and Supervision Program Chair for the School of Education. “The whole crux of this program, regardless of how it’s delivered, is that it’s grounded in job-imbedded learning. The core assignments are all real-world leadership activities that real principals do, and so online coursework is a really valid delivery method.”
School of Education named as one of the nation's top teacher prep programs for strong training in classroom management
Loyola’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program has been named among the top in the country for strong training in classroom management strategies by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization.
For years, Loyola has maintained strong partnerships with neighborhood schools and community organizations in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhood. Through insight gained from that work and the fundamental question they were considering, Seungho Moon and David Ensminger have transformed the traditional Curriculum & Instruction programs into what they’re informally calling The 3 Cs—an MEd and EdD in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities.
Matt Miller, the newly named recipient of the Father Walter P. Krolikowski, S.J., Endowed Chair, has a deep passion for making mental health services relevant and accessible, and an equal passion for addressing the impact of racism on People of Color.
Loyola is one of five Chicago-area universities bringing to life the Pathways Initiative (PI), a new program designed to strengthen the diversity of the Chicago-area evaluation field.
Loyola Alumna and Golden Apple Award Recipient Reflects on Her Experience with the School of Education
“Rome changed me,” Perry recalled. “It hit me the hardest in the best way possible and made me a more reflective person. Loyola taught us to stay balanced."