Early Childhood: A Special Ed Entrance
Can iPads close the digital divide?
An Oasis in an Autism Desert
FEATURES
A Placement Test for Schools

Should students attend school in their own neighborhood, or should parents seek the best educational opportunity wherever it exists? College faculty, students and alumni explore the meaning of space and place in America's schools. – Read More »
Longform
Early Childhood: A Special Ed Entrance

An IEP can stick with a child for life. Early childhood special education teachers share their thoughts on the challenges of diagnosing and providing special education needs at the youngest levels. – Read More »
Schools
Secondary Special Education: The Urban Challenges

CPS high school case managers take in students with IEPs from around the city and are charged with ensuring diagnoses from years ago are accurate and appropriate. – Read More »
Opinion
Op-Ed: Analyzing Early Childhood Funding

Catherine Main calls for a focus on strengthening leadership from the 3% budget boost towards early childhood spending in Illinois. – Read More »
Alumni
Early Childhood Needs More than Baby Steps

Alternative certification programs are addressing the need for more culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood educators in urban environments. – Read More »
Alumni
The Second Second Language Battle

Chicago's immigrant population from China's Ganghzou Province features Taiwanese, Cantonese and Mandarin speakers. The battle to learn English begins in the early childhood classroom. – Read More »
Research
Challenging CPS’ Closing Count

How CPS's initial count of students impacted by school closings was mis-estimated by 42%, with special education students particularly misrepresented. – Read More »
Schools
Filling the Void of a Closed School

When CPS' Yale School closed, Harvard School principal Aisha McCarthy was charged with combining two distinct neighborhood schools into one. – Read More »
Community
A Court Case on Closings

Pauline Lipman advised a U.S. federal court on what research reveals about school closings--and now is leading an ambitious undertaking to better understand the aftermath of CPS closures. – Read More »
Research
Strengthening STEM Learning for Black Students

Why reinforcing strong identities as math and science learners is nearly as important as curriculum itself for African American learners. – Read More »
Schools
Why Safe Spaces Matter

How College faculty and students are equipping Chicago-area schools with capacity to address gender and sexuality-based bullying. – Read More »
Longform
Can iPads close the digital divide?

iPads and digital apps are bringing new tools for teaching literacy into the urban classroom. A longform analysis of the efficacy of digital technology in closing the literacy gap for urban students. – Read More »
Community
An Oasis in an Autism Desert

A diagnosis of autism in a child can be stunning for a parent. The UIC Center for Literacy's Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays is equipping parents with tools to boost their child's learning potential and to navigate complex special education environments. – Read More »
Alumni
A Placement Test for Schools

Should students attend school in their own neighborhood, or should parents seek the best educational opportunity wherever it exists? College faculty, students and alumni explore the meaning of space and place in America's schools. – Read More »
Opinion
Op-Ed: Supporting a Difficult Transition

By now, the switching of schools is complete for CPS students. The challenge for teachers, administrators and parents, argues the College's Aerika Brittian, is to build successful supports for the lingering effects of this transition. – Read More »
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