Teaching Laquan McDonald

By Rob Schroeder   “The situation isn’t peaceful; a young person was murdered. We can’t … …»Read More »
Writing Program Empowers Mothers in Shelter

For women staying at Maria Shelter in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, opportunities to write about their experiences may be scarce. A community engagement project is ensuring these women’s voices and experiences are heard. – Read More »
The Mathematics of Urban Poverty

Is stealing ever moral? A student-teacher builds ethical discussions based on math to discuss theft in the context of Hurricane Katrina and urban poverty. – Read More »
Special Ed Squall

In 2013, Chicago Public Schools reported a staggering 349 unfilled special education teacher positions and an improved but still challenging 243 openings in 2014. A longform analysis of the toll on children and the plans underway to reverse this trend. – Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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