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
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
Dropout Prevention: A Previously Intractable Problem Addressed Through Systems for Monitoring and Su...
A decade ago, high school dropout was viewed as a problem that was almost impossible to address, particularly by the time students were in high school. Its causes were located in myriad factors affecting students outside of school and in the years prior to high school. In recent years, research has
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
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
Warrior Spirit: UChicago Charter Creates School Song with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Last spring students at the University of Chicago Charter School’s Woodlawn campus (UCW) undertook the creation of a new school song, “Warrior Spirit.” Opened in 2006, UCW serves approximately 500 students in grades six through twelve. A representative from each of those
UChicago Charter School Visiting Scientist Program Connects Classroom Learning with Life
Always innovating to ensure students are immersed in a college-ready, college-going culture, this year the University of Chicago Charter School introduced a new program explicitly linking classroom preparation with college and career aspirations in the sciences. The UChicago Charter School Woodlawn
Birth-to-College Collaborative Releases New Case Study, Highlights Professional Learning Communities
University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and Ounce of Prevention Fund Demonstrate Model for Practitioners and Policymakers Interested in Bridging Divide Between Early Education and K-12 to Close Achievement Gap The newest in a planned series of case studies on building a Birth-to-College Mod
UChicago CCSR Report Highlights Critical Importance of Consistent Preschool Attendance
Students who attend preschool regularly are significantly more likely than chronically absent preschoolers to be ready for kindergarten and to attend school regularly in later grades, a new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research finds. “The signi
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
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 Case Study Honors Parent Voice in Educating Children from Birth-to-College, Highlights Need for ...
Final case study from Ounce and UEI partnership addresses how parents can help bridge the divide between early education and K-12 For Immediate Release Contact: Seong-Ah Cho University of Chicago Urban Education Institute 773-834-8684 CHICAGO, IL—Through the candid n
Preschool Attendance in Chicago Public Schools: Relationships with Learning Outcomes and Reasons for...
This report highlights the critical importance of consistent preschool attendance. Students who attend preschool regularly are significantly more likely than chronically absent preschoolers to be ready for kindergarten and to attend school regularly in later grades, the report finds. “The sig
Targeted tutoring can reduce ‘achievement gap’ for CPS students, study finds
City and Urban Education Lab announce expansion of tutoring and mentoring effort For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Jann Ingmire University of Chicago email@example.com CHICAGO, IL — High school students who were at risk for dropping out greatly improved their math te
Woodlawn Campus Student Finds Her Voice, Impacts School and Community
Jerlan Payne speaks with a soft, unassuming confidence that immediately impresses her listeners and captivates her audience. One would not be surprised, then, to learn that this inspiring University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus sophomore can already list performing with renowned cellist
UChicago CCSR Report Finds Teens Flock to YOUmedia Digital Learning Center to Create, Innovate, Hang...
As new initiatives to exploit technology and digital media for learning sweep the country, a learning center for teens at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago demonstrates both the challenges and opportunities that these efforts present, a new report from the University of Chicago Conso
The Back on Track Study: Using Online Courses for Credit Recovery
Failing core academic courses during the first year of high school is a strong signal of trouble to come; course failures during ninth grade are associated with notable declines in four-year graduation rates. To get back on track, students who fail classes need opportunities to recover credit. Histo
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
Q&A: Tim Knowles on Making Education an Evidence-Based Profession
By Tom Vander Ark, education advocate and founder of Getting Smart. This article originally appeared in Education Week. It was a shocker when Tony Bryk announced that he was leaving University of Chicago for Stanford almost a decade ago. Bryk ran the best research shop in the countr
CLTV Coverage of High School Bound Website Launch
CLTV coverage of Impact and CPS High School Bound website launch
Give Clemente a Look, Bucktown Parents Say as High School Imrpoves
The Consortium's Selective Enrollment study is cited in this piece on neighborhood schools.