Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Instituto del Progreso Latino Cyber ESL Evaluation

(2015 - Ongoing)

Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) has developed a new model for providing ESL training to its community of learners. They are combining the best of online educational practice with intensive one-on-one and in-person classroom mentoring to fully meet the needs of their students. CURL will be evaluating this pilot program which is funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Research Team

  • Dr. Malcolm Bush, Ph.D., Evaluator
  • K. Thomas, Graduate Fellow
  • L. Vargas, Undergraduate Fellow
  • H. Camilo Sadeghian

Community Partner

Chicago Public Schools Civic Engagement Evaluation

(2015 - Ongoing)

Chicago Public Schools launched the Global Citizenship Initiative (GCI) in 2012-2013. GCI provides rigorous curriculum aligned with high standards, supports high quality pedagogy that meets the needs of diverse learners and reflects best practices in civic education, and generates multiple external learning opportunities throughout the city of Chicago. In short, GCI seeks to move civic education beyond merely rote memorization of facts to fully engage students as active participants in civic life – now and in the future. CURL will be evaluating the 2014-2015 school year as CPS seeks to strengthen and grow the program.

Research Team

  • D. Van Zytveld, CURL
  • Z. McNealy, Undergraduate Fellow

Community Partner

Lawndale Christian Safety Net Learning Collaborative Evaluation

This is an evaluation for a consortium of safety net health care centers in Chicago and northern Illinois, led by the Lawndale Christian Health Clinic. We plan to assess the implementation of a new training and leadership program in relation to management and staff. We will also assess if the project has improved patient reports of satisfaction and impacted their wait times among other measures.

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Strategies for Using Whole School Climate Prevention to Support the Morale of Staff

The purpose of this proposed research is to develop specific strategies for using whole school climate prevention to support the morale of staff when experiencing unexpected change which increases teacher’s stress and may have a negative impact on student’s learning.  These findings will be the result of a mixed method study of an urban middle school that was targeted for downsizing in a large urban district and is now implementing school-wide prevention for behavior problems. 

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