Teachers and Instruction
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement. With a portfolio that spans from in-depth studies on the successes and flaws of real-world teacher evaluation systems to a teacher education program with 90 percent of graduates remaining in urban schools after five years—far exceeding the national retention rate of 50 percent—UEI works across its different domains to illuminate, model, and share what schools and educators need to succeed.
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement.
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) is featured in the book Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools as a highly successful program designed to prepare educators for lifelong careers in urban education. The book investigates the "context-specific" approach to teacher education and shows how programs like UChicago UTEP can help teachers develop the understanding, commitment, tools, and strategies they need to teach in specific settings.
- Nationally, just 50 percent of teachers remain in the classroom after five years. In urban contexts like Chicago, a 70 percent attrition rate is not uncommon.
- Over 80 percent of teachers and principals in Chicago Pubic Schools reported that the new REACH teacher evaluation system—based on the Danielson Framework and implemented in 2012-13—is changing practice, improving communication, and encouraging collaboration »
- "Collaborative Teachers" is one of the 5Essentials for school improvement. Past research found that schools strong in at least three of the five Essentials were ten times more like to improve than schools weak in three or more of the Essentials »
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Teacher Evaluation in Chicago: Differences in Observation and Value-Added Scores by Teacher, Student...
A brief research retrospective, Teacher Evaluation in Chicago: Key Findings from Consortium Research, is availale here. If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This report finds teachers with the lowest scores on the REACH Stude
Teacher Evaluation in Practice: Year 2 Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of REACH
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. As part of UChicago CCSR's ongoing study of Chicago Public Schools' new teacher evaluation system, this report looks at teacher and principal perceptions in the second year of impleme
Why Chicago UTEP
A five-year experience Aspiring, novice, and experienced teachers each have specific professional development needs. To prepare candidates for the rigors of teaching, UChicago UTEP provides two years of preparation—a foundations year, residency—and up to three years of post-graduatio
UChicago UTEP Grad ‘Learns by Doing’ How Plants, and Teachers, Grow
At the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program, Masters of Teaching candidates are guided by John Dewey’s philosophy of “learning by doing.” Jenny Sarna, a UChicago UTEP graduate and second-year Chicago Public Schools teacher, is the embodiment of putting this philoso
Urban Teacher Education Program Clinical Instructors Foster Growth for Both Teacher and Student
The interns don’t wear white coats, and the Clinical Instructors (CIs) aren’t doctors, but in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP), the intensity of instruction and attention to detail is not unlike how medical students hone their craft. They may not be in the business of
UChicago UTEP Awarded $11.6 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education to Support Exceptional T...
In March 2010, it was announced that the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute was awarded nearly $11.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The news brought with it great celebration; the program is now able to refine and expand upon its su
UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary in the Tradition of Inquiry
This autumn the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program celebrated its tenth anniversary, inviting experts, future educators, and local media to join in an open house and panel asking hard questions and developing answers for the toughest issues facing urban education today. With on-t
New Secondary Certification Program in Mathematics and Science Focuses on Classroom Experience, Urba...
In the fall of 2009, individuals of diverse backgrounds joined together to become the first cohort of students trained by the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) to teach high school math and science. Participants in UChicago UTEP's new Secondary Mathematics and
At UEI's Summer Accelerated Math and Science Camp, CPS Students Learn Deeper Math from Chicago ...
Instead of spending the summer morning sleeping, a group of high school students inspected, tested and traded a hodgepodge of items during an experiment at the Summer Accelerated Math [and science] Camp (SAMC), sponsored by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI). As part of the mo
North Kenwood Oakland Campus Director Honored for Exceptional Leadership
When Tim Knowles, director of the Urban Education Institute, identified Tanika Island as a leader—asking her to become a campus director at the University of Chicago Charter School—she resisted. At the time, Island was the literacy coordinator at the North Kenwood Oakland Campus (NKO). S
UChicago UTEP and the Urban Teacher Education Consortium Continue a National Dialogue on Teacher Pre...
This year, the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program hosted the sixth annual gathering of the Urban Teacher Education Consortium (UTEC), bringing together over 50 educators from 16 universities around the country to continue a uniquely candid and national dialogue between practitione
UEI Names Tanika Island Director of Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP)
Tanika Island, an exemplary teacher developer and school leader, has been named Director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island will bring her wide-ranging expertise from almost two decades of teaching and leading to continue developing UChicago
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Program How long is the UChicago UTEP master’s degree program? What teaching certification do I receive through UChicago UTEP? Can I receive certification to teach in a particular subject? Why should I enroll in a two-year masters degree program instead o
UChicago Charter School Builds Upon Early Lessons
What You Need to Know about Illinois' Replacement for No Child Left Behind Law
Impact's 5Essentials survey is mentioned as part of how schools will be evaluated on the new ESSA plan.
What Comes First? Good Teachers or Good Schools? Researchers Say: Yes
Elaine Allensworth and the Consortium's research are quoted in this piece which examines research on whether school context matters more for teacher quality than the teachers' skills.
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.
Developing a Middle School Model: Video Showcase and Instructional Rubrics
What if schools were truly designed around the needs of children? At the Carter G. Woodson Middle School Campus of the University of Chicago Charter School, we have built curriculum, programs, practices and classrooms that are developmentally appropriate for urban middle school students. In nearly
"Double-Dose" Algebra as an Alternative Strategy to Remediation: Effects on Students'...
Link to article: Here Expanded instructional time has become increasingly popular as a strategy to improve the academic outcomes of low-skilled students, particularly in the 9th grade. We evaluate the efficacy of a double-period algebra policy initiated in the Chicago Public Schools in 2003. Th
Foundations for Success: Young People Learn Best Through Active and Reflective Experiences
Read the article online (Login Required) Succeeding at learning, and at life, takes more than academic ability. This article draws on our 2015 report, Foundations for Young Adult Success, which synthesized decades of research, theory, and practice from the fields of youth development, psychology, s