Students and Learning
Student learning is the heart of education—understanding what really works and why is essential to fostering and sustaining success. UEI's work addresses questions like what approaches can dramatically improve early literacy, how attendance is critically linked to academic outcomes, and the ways in which different policy decisions have affected student outcomes over time.
Student learning is the heart of education—understanding what really works and why is essential to fostering and sustaining success.
Op-Ed: "What's in a Terrible Name?" 'Non-cognitive' skills are crucial—and they need a much better name: As evidence supporting the importance of non-cognitive skills continues to mount, UEI's Lucinda Fickel addresses the profusion of terms and persistent confusion that surround the buzzword topic of modern schooling.
- Research shows that students learn the most in classrooms that are both very orderly and challenging »
- Both high- and low-achieving students struggle when they enter high school. Grades decline because students’ attendance and study habits plummet across the transition to high school—not because the work is harder. Adult monitoring and support can prevent this decline »
- Despite progress, the vast majority of CPS students have academic achievement levels that are far below where they need to be to graduate ready for college »
Latest from UEI on Students & Learning
UChicago Charter School
The University of Chicago Charter School The University of Chicago’s unique commitment to urban education is clear in its role as operator of four public charter school campuses serving nearly 1,900 students on the South Side of Chicago. The campuses operated by the Urban Education Institute a
Betsy Gidwitz Supports Science Learning at the University of Chicago Charter School
Betsy Gidwitz believes in the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s mission to create knowledge to produce reliably excellent schooling for children growing up in urban American. She expresses this belief through her philanthropy: This past year, Dr. Gidwitz supported UEI&rsq
Baltimore Public Schools Adopt the STEP Literacy Assessment and Instruction Tool to Improve PreK-3 R...
This January, elementary schools in Baltimore will use the STEP™ literacy tool to assess their students, joining national charter networks, top Chicago schools, and other public schools across the country. “This is an important moment for us,” says Timothy Knowles, the John Dewey
Back-to-School Breakfast Remarks from UEI Director Timothy Knowles: How Do We Know UEI is Having Im...
Annually, the Urban Education Institute holds a Back-to-School Breakfast for its staff. These are the remarks given by UEI John Dewey Director Timothy Knowles at the 2011 event. Good morning and welcome. Shaiesha [Woodlawn Campus 2011 Valedictorian], thank you. There are three hundred and fif
NKO Campus Fourth Graders Have Question Asked Live During Special White House/Facebook Bullying Conf...
President Obama, in collaboration with others including Facebook, has been taking on the issue of bullying this past week with a variety of messages, discussions and Q & A sessions. Our North Kenwood/Oakland Campus students have been following the anti-bullying campaign closely in their classroo
UCW Great Debaters Do It Again
At Tournament V, the UCW Great Debaters clinched their AA conference's JV championship and gave an impressive showing in the individual speaker awards. Continuing a strong winning streak, the Great Debaters’ team members Shaiesha Moore and Alaina Reese won the conference team debate, held
University of Chicago Charter School All-Campus Science Fair Develops Students' Love of Science...
Robotic arms, alternative fuels, and heart rates are just a few of the topics chosen by University of Chicago Charter School students for the first All-Campus Science Fair. Students at UCCS explored new ideas, technology, and the principles of science in order to create projects that were displayed
Case Study: Working Together to Build a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) embarked on an effort to form a partnership whose vision is to “. . . build a model of public education for children and their families that begins at birth and creates success in school, college
Yo-Yo Ma Visits the University of Chicago Charter School
On September 9, Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, visited the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus – visiting classrooms, and speaking with students, faculty, and staff from the Urban Education Institute (UEI). Mr. Ma’s visit culminates extended dis
CCSR Policy Briefs on "Double Dose" Algebra and College-Prep for All
As states and districts across the country implement college-preparatory curriculum standards for all students, emerging research on a policy implemented in Chicago suggests that the effects of these efforts could be the opposite of those intended. In 1997, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) was ahe
Why Be Hopeful?
Urban Education Institute director Timothy Knowles explains why there's reason for hope in Chicago Public Schools. Featured in The University of Chicago Magazine.
UEI's Urban Education Lab to Evaluate Full School Day
JANUARY 9, 2012—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard toured Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School to highlight the positive impact and benefits of a full school day. (City of Chicago Press Release)
CCSR Work Takes National Stage
Consortium director Elaine Allensworth talks STEM Education with U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. What Makes for Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Closer Look at Effective STEM Education Approaches (PDF)
Turning Classrooms into Laboratories: The University of Chicago’s high-stakes bid to reinvent urba...
Pacific Standard (formerly Miller McCune Magazine) takes an in-depth look at UEI in Turning Classrooms into Laboratories: The University of Chicago’s high-stakes bid to reinvent urban education (PDF). View complete online at Pacific Standard, excerpt below: The Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicag
New Report on Turning Around Low-Performing Schools
Four years after undergoing dramatic reform efforts such as turnaround, very low-performing elementary schools in Chicago closed the gap in test scores with the system average by almost half in reading and two-thirds in math, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicag
YOUmedia Chicago: Reimagining Learning, Literacies, and Libraries: A Snapshot of Year 1
Report authors Penny Bender Sebring and Eric Brown participated in a connected learning webinar about their findings. To view the webinar, click here. This research report documents the first year of implementation of YOUmedia, a youth-centered digital learning initiative at the Chicago P
College Prep for All? What We've Learned from Chicago's Efforts
As states and districts across the country implement college-preparatory curriculum standards for all students, the report, College Prep for All? What We've Learned from Chicago's Efforts, suggests that these efforts could have the opposite effects of those intended. Specifically, the brief
Are Two Algebra Classes Better Than One? The Effects of Double-Dose Instruction in Chicago
This policy brief explores the effects of requiring students with below-average math skills to take two periods of algebra in a single year. The report, Are Two Algebra Classes Better Than One? The Effects of Double-Dose Instruction in Chicago, found that the policy, when paired with additional supp
Passing Through Science: The Effects of Raising Graduation Requirements in Science on Course-Taking ...
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This report finds that a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) policy dramatically increasing science requirements for all students did not help them learn more science and actually may have hurt thei
The Effects of Tracking with Supports on Instructional Climate and Student Outcomes in High School A...
Tracking has been criticized for impeding the academic progress of low performing students; however, eliminating tracking has also been shown to have negative consequences, particularly for high achieving students. This study examines the consequences of a policy which sorted ninth-grade algebra cla