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The School of Education hosts two academic centers and labs, each of which focuses attention on a subject of critical importance to the field of education. The centers facilitate cooperation between Loyola and communities on the local, national, and global levels. Our centers include:

Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education

The Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education (GCCE) is co-directed by Dr. Michelle Lia and Dr. Debbie Sullivan. The first organization of its kind, GCCE is dedicated to supporting PK-12 teaching and learning in faith-based schools.

Race, Culture, and Health Equity Lab

The Race, Culture, and Health Equity Lab is directed by Krowlikowski Endowed Chair, Dr. Matt Miller. The lab is focused on the application of counseling psychology science and practice, local community engagement, and social media to address racism at individual and systemic levels.

GEAR UP

The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago has been an active partner in the GEAR UP network for nine years. As a founding partner in the GEAR UP network, Loyola's School of Education has actively participated for nineteen years. Programs include direct services to students, parent programs, and professional development for CPS faculty.

Loyola’s GEAR UP network leads professional development efforts for the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in the area of mathematics, participating in annual conference design and implementation, curriculum development, and onsite professional development in area schools. Loyola’s GU network also coordinates a number of direct outreach projects with CPS high-need high schools by hiring and training nearly 50 Loyola undergrads to work weekly as “academic coaches” with small groups of students in those designated schools.

One GEAR UP initiative is MathFLIX, a series of short professional education videos for teachers and teaching students to learn and review math concepts. For more information, see mathflix.luc.edu.

For more information on GEAR UP at Loyola or becoming an academic coach, contact Mary Charles at 773.508.8383 or email at mcharle@luc.edu.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a hybrid tutoring and mentoring combination that pairs high achieving (3.0 GPA) and professionally trained college students with at-risk students in underperforming urban high schools for regularly scheduled support. Learn more about this initiative as a GEAR UP partner university. Learn more