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Aligned with the mission of the University of Illinois as a land grant institution and with the goals of the College of Education, the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities serves as a vital resource to local school districts and educators.  The Center works collaboratively with local education agencies to create sustainable improvement in education.  The core focus of the Center is to collaboratively plan and sustain long-term, job-embedded professional learning experiences for teachers. The Center partners with local schools to conduct research on these collaborative efforts in order to further understanding of what works and to explore ways to grow such efforts. The importance of the research, service, and outreach that the Center provides is based on the critical need to support the success of our schools and its students.  To date, our collaborative work has resulted in expanding the capacity of local schools to deliver quality instruction as well as the establishment of other meaningful partnerships supporting literacy, mathematics, and second-language learning.  


  • Build capacity through supporting teacher professional learning embedded in schools to affect change in student performance.
  • Assist in the generation of research-based understandings of our collaborative engagement in educational improvements.
  • Provide a point of entry for schools and the community to connect with faculty, researchers, and students at the University and in the College of Education.
  • Support the efforts of collaborating educators and schools in addressing their identified needs and aspirations through enabling them to access College of Education and University resources.

Youth Literature Festival Booth: "Everyone Can Be Part of the Story: Accessing the Literacy Tree" - (Adapted Activities and Resources for Children With and Without Disabilities, Parents, & Professions)

Oct 17, 2016, 09:00 by Cheryl Light Shriner, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Department of Special Education)
The Department of Special Education will host a booth at the 2016 Community Day Celebration as part of this year's Youth Literature Festival.

Please plan to attend the Youth Literature Festival on October 22.  You are welcome to visit the booth created by Dr. Cheryl Light Shriner of the  Department of Special Education and several college students.  They will offer adapted story materials, props, and a hands-on interactive activity area for children with and without disabilities and a resource table for educators and parents.  Teachers, parents, and children are all encouraged to come and try out the materials and activities.  This booth area provides college students the opportunity to expand their skills in adapting literature and literacy materials for a wide range of abilities that children have and also the opportunity to interact with children, parents, and professionals.  Children enjoy the activities. Parents and teachers have mentioned in the past that the resources provided give them new ideas and materials that can be implemented in their homes or classrooms immediately.