Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Special Programs

In addition to an array of superior academic degree programs, the School of Education also offers special opportunities for students to enrich and enhance learning:

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a hybrid tutoring and mentoring combination that pairs high achieving (3.0 GPA) and professionally trained college students with at-risk students in underperforming urban high schools for regularly scheduled support.

GEAR UP at Loyola

The Chicago GEAR UP Alliance is a federally funded program that operates as a partnership of Chicago post-secondary institutions and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago has been an active partner in the GEAR UP network for nine years. Programs include direct services to students, parent programs, and professional development for CPS faculty.

Loyola’s GEAR UP network leads professional development efforts for the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in the area of mathematics, participating in annual conference design and implementation, curriculum development, and onsite professional development in area schools. Loyola’s GU network also coordinates a number of direct outreach projects with CPS high-need high schools by hiring and training nearly 50 Loyola undergrads to work weekly as “academic coaches” with small groups of students in those designated schools.

One GEAR UP initiative is MathFLIX, a series of short professional education videos for teachers and teaching students to learn and review math concepts. For more information, see mathflix.luc.edu.

For more information on GEAR UP at Loyola or becoming an academic coach, contact Mary Charles at 773.508.8383 or email at mcharle@luc.edu.

Target New Transitions

Target New Transitions brings high-achieving college students and at-risk high school freshmen together Saturday mornings for three hours of concentrated homework and high school transition support. Loyola students get excellent field experience, while also giving back to their community.