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Loyola Professors recognized with Outstanding Book Award

The Curriculum Foundations Reader, co-authors by Drs. Tocci & Moon, were awarded the 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education. Read more

School of Education and Biology collaboration secures National Science Foundation funding

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. Read more

Counseling Psychology student Tiffany Fang’s OP-ED published in Chicago Tribune

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. Read more

EL-Focused Graduate Program Centers Teachers’ Practice Above All

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. Read more

Congratulations to Dr. Seungho Moon on newest book release.

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). Read more

Teaching and Learning Community Recognizes Part-Time Faculty

On December 9th, members of the Teaching and Learning (T&L) faculty and staff gathered in Beane Hall for a celebration of the part-time faculty. Read more

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. Read more

Dean's Welcome to SOE Community

Message from Interim Dean Dr. Markeda Newell welcoming the SOE Community to the new academic year Read more

School of Education students receive DFI Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Sharnequa Hunter and Janese Nolan received the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship (DFI Fellowship)! Read more

Celebrating the work of Loyola University School Partners initiative

The School of Education is honored to celebrate the work of Mitch Hendrickson, Dr. Jon Schmidt and, and Dr. Dave Ensminger supporting community schools. Read more

Loyola Faculty receive BLOOME Award

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 Read more

Dr. Hui Xu awarded grant from American Psychological Foundation

The School of Education is excited to celebrate the continued work of Dr. Hui Xu, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Read more

Meet our 2021 Award Winners

The School of Education is proud to announce the the 2021 winners of the SOE Student Excellence and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please join us in congratulating our winners. Read more

Dr. Eunju Yoon and students publish work in The Counseling Psychologist

3.31.21: 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. Read more

Book Release: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education

3.9.21: The School of Education at Loyola University of Chicago is excited to celebrate the work of Dr. Tavis Jules and colleagues on their publication of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education Read more

Loyola Faculty publish work in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

3.8.21: The School of Education is honored to celebrate the work of Dr. Blanca Torres-Olave, Dr. Aurora Chang, and colleagues. They recently published Fuera de lugar: Undocumented students, dislocation, and the search for belonging in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Read more

Loyola Researchers Receive Spencer Grant: Supporting English Learners and Immigrant-Origin Youth and Families

2.10.21: 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 Read more

LUC-Noyce Scholars launches a new Mentoring Program for Science & Math Teachers

2.5.21: 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. Read more

Critical Scholarship for Social Justice in Higher Ed Through Student-Run Journal

12.16.20: 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. Read more

Greeley Center Thought Leader on Excellence and Equity

12/9/20: 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. Read more

School of Education and School of Law Join Forces to Reform School Discipline

11/17/2020: 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

Administration and Supervision Programs Moving Online

10/30/20: “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.” Read more

School of Education named as one of the nation's top teacher prep programs for strong training in classroom management

10/23/2020: 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. Read more

MEd. and Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction now The 3Cs—Curriculum, Culture, and Communities

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. Read more

Dr. Hank Bohanon of Teaching & Learning program and Loyola Alumni are co-authors of a new book shared on this blog

9/21/2020: Click the link to check out more about this new publication: Implementing Systemic Interventions: A Guide for Secondary Schools

Revamped MEd. in Language, Culture & Curriculum Aims for Advocacy and Change

10.21.2020: “We’re trying to change the system. It’s not just pedagogy for us; we’re looking to raise up educators who can shift the dialogue and be advocates for change,” says Amy Heineke, Professor of Bilingual & Bicultural Education. Together with her colleagues, she took a look at the traditional Master’s program and re-envisioned something better. Read more

Krolikowski Chair Using Video to Combat Trauma from Racism

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. Read more

Pathways Initiative To Bring More Diversity to Evaluation Field

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. Read more

Higher Ed Certificate Announcement

Loyola’s School of Education is proud to announce a new Certificate in Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education that will be coming online in the fall of 2021. Read more

2020 Corporate Woman of Achievement Award Winner - Colleen Reaney

Higher Education program Doctoral student, Colleen Reaney, has been busy since COVID struck. In her role as the Director of Executive & Professional Education Center in the Loyola Business Leadership Hub, it’s her job to analyze corporate and non-profit needs and then put together wins, providing Loyola expertise to address pain points and challenges within those organizations. Read more

A Sense of Community and Family at Loyola

“I wear my Loyola regalia, and there’s a real sense of pride in that.” Read more

Loyola Alum and 2020 Golden Apple Award Recipient Reflects on Her Experience in 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." Read more

Leading with Hope

"As a team, we were having conversations around maintaining Catholic identity and the things that are central to our mission—community, support, and faith development." Read more

Noyce Scholars, 2020

Congratulations to our 4th cohort group! READ MORE

Helping Chicago's teachers go virtual

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced students of all ages to move to remote learning, Loyola's School of Education stepped up to help teachers make the shift. LEARN MORE

The Curriculum Foundations Reader Release

Drs. Ryan, Tocci, and Moon announce the publishing of a new book! READ MORE

2020 Policy Forum

Join us for the Annual CEPS Policy Forum

Congratulations to Drs. Tavis D. Jules and Florin Salajan (Eds.)

Congratulations to Drs. Tavis D. Jules and Florin Salajan (Eds.) on their new book The Educational Intelligent Economy: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things in Education. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution integrates technologies and systems on a global digital scale, stakeholders rely more than ever on data and trends; an intelligent economy. The book draws on this backdrop to open a broader discussion on educational governance and policymaking. Using analysis of the fast-paced, borderless technologies permeating the world, contributors explore the risks and possible rewards of the age of Big Data. It also uses case studies as practical applications and research. This volume is insightful at a time when the rapid advances in technology often leaves reflection in the dust.

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