About the Center
Loyola University Chicago established the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (CCSE) in the School of Education to respond to the need that elementary and secondary Catholic schools have for high quality, research-based professional development in the context of Catholic identity and mission. With operating grants from Loyola University Chicago and the School of Education, CCSE opened in 2003 and immediately began working with schools and dioceses to design and deliver professional development in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and instructional leadership. To date, CCSE has worked with over 6000 schools, in over 100 dioceses both nationally and internationally, serving over 7,500 teachers - confirming the need for which it was founded.
In collaboration with Catholic educators at all levels, CCSE is working to:
- Empower school staff and enhance school capacity to meet the needs of 21st century students
- Challenge Catholic schools to stay on the cutting-edge by bridging theory and practice in the context of Catholic school identity and mission
- Serve as a national voice for Catholic school effectiveness
- Lead efforts to articulate, measure, and enhance Catholic school effectiveness