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
Early Morning Hero: Sonya Moore
UChicago Charter School grandparent Sonya Moore was awarded with an early morning hero surprise from WGN: McDonald's breakfast and a $300 gift card. Each morning she greets students with words of encouragement at Donoghue Campus.
UChicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus Hosts Changemakers Data Fair
UCW 7th grade students presented research and data-driven proposals for solutions to real-world issues at the Changemakers Data Fair on June 14.
What Do Young People Need to Succeed?
Huffington Post explores latest research by Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of the Consortium on School Research, on the developmental framework for adult success.
Schools clear the decks to try step-by-step approach to teaching reading
Tim Knowles is quoted extensively throughout this piece by MinnPost regarding Minnesota's work with UEI and Impact's STEP to improve literacy across the state.
PreK Programs Valuable, Deserve More State Support
The Consortium's Foundations for Young Adult Success report is referenced in this editorial on the importance of early childhood schooling.
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)
Districts Weigh Student Retention with Stigma of Being "Held Back"
Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium on Chicago School Research comments on the multiple issues to consider when analyzing the potential effects of social promotion or retention in the grades.
Study finds increase in academic standards may backfire if students are disengaged
Consortium researcher Julia Gwynne speaks on new findings showing that raising academic standards can backfire if classroom order and student engagement decline.
President Obama Applauds New Commitments in Support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
President Obama announces $10 million in additional funding for the BAM sports-mentoring and Match tutoring programs studied by the Crime and Urban Education Labs.
Mayor Emanuel Announces City To Receive Federal Funds To Help At-Risk Youth
The City of Chicago announces a $10 million expansion for the BAM sports-mentoring and Match tutoring programs, shown by Crime and Urban Education Lab studies to have dramatic payoffs for at-risk youth.
I'm Still Mr. YOU Media - Digital Studios at Chicago Public LIbraries Encourage Students to Cre...
The Consortium's research is cited in this piece examining YOUMedia studios located across Chicago Public Libraries - where students can collaborate, work, and create various art projects.
New UChicago Website Compiles Best 2016 Education Research
Elaine Allensworth and Sara Ray Stoelinga are quoted throughout this piece on UEI's New Knowledge website, featuring research findings from 2016, and their implications for the field of education.
Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students are College Ready
Orrin Murray's US News & World Report op-ed is quoted throughout this piece exploring how schools can make sure students are college ready.
PreK-3 Literacy: A Chat with UEI Director Timothy Knowles
On October 22, 2013, the McKnight Foundation convened an expert panel event focused on how to create a consistent, high-quality educational experience from age 3 to grade 3. Watch a short interview on early literacy with panel moderator, UEI John Dewey Director Timothy Knowles. >>
UChicago Schools' strategies are getting traction in Minneapolis and elsewhere
Beth Hawkins visited the University of Chicago Charter School NKO campus and followed up with this piece on what is working for the south side school.
Charter schools subject of Urban Education Institute talk
UEI hosted Harvard economist Dr. Richard Murnane at a talk for his new book "Restoring Opportunity," featuring the UChicago Charter NKO Campus as a scalable solution for excellent schooling.
The Myth of "Grade Level"
Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium explains why the focus on "grade-level" success may not be the most valuable usage of instructional time to improve student outcomes.
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
Editorial: Ferguson, race and remedies
An editorial urging better supports for African American males cites the Crime and Urban Education Lab's study on the BAM sports-mentoring program, now part of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative after showing dramatic positive impacts for participants.