UEL affiliate Dana Suskind to be part of a $19 million initiative supporting research on early childhood language development, funded by the PNC Foundation
April 2014 – Thirty Million Words (TMW) is directed by Dana Suskind, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, and affiliate of the Urban Education Institute. TMW is an evidence-based intervention that combines education, behavioral strategies and technology to help narrow the language gap between children from low-income and wealthier households. Through an interactive, multimedia curriculum, parents learn to enhance their home language environment to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn.
March 2014 – The Thirty Million Words Initiative, an effort founded by Dr. Suskind, was covered in an article titled "Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word."
Pilot study of BAM and Match-style intensive math tutoring covered in multiple media outlets
January 2014 – The pilot study evaluated the effects of high-dosage, intensive math tutoring, modeled on the approach of Boston's Match Education. It also evaluated the effects of BAM. The Crime Lab's 2009-10 study of BAM had found that just one year of programming with youth at greatly elevated risk for gun-violence involvement reduced rates of violent-crime arrests by fully 44%. Following encouraging results from the first six weeks of last year's pilot, the Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab worked to launch a larger-scale study of these two interventions, bringing Match Education to Chicago to work in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and Youth Guidance on a larger-scale study of BAM and Match, which began in August 2013.
January 2014 – Researchers at the Urban Education Lab and the Crime Lab release NBER working paper with results of 2012-13 pilot study of BAM and Match-style intensive math tutoring. The paper details encouraging new findings from a pilot study focused on helping reduce the risk of school dropout and violence involvement among youth in Chicago
December 2012 - After a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed an epidemic of truancy and chronic absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools, a new report shows that viable solutions to the problem are being implemented. One program that received Tribune coverage was "Check and Connect," an anti-truancy program being evaluated UEL Co-Director Jonathan Guryan.
July 2012 - A UChicago Crime Lab study provides evidence that a violence reduction program resulted in a sizable decline in violent crime arrests and increased school engagement. UEL will conduct the second phase of this research as it expands to over 2,000 CPS students in the next three years.
January 2012 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Urban Education Lab will partner with the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools to study the effects of the full school day initiative in Chicago.
October 2011 - UEL Affiliates Daniel Aaronson and Bhashkar Mazumder's paper on Rosenwald Schools and black achievement was featured as the lead paper in the October issue of the Journal of Political Economy.
September 2011 - The UEL was recently featured in a press release on the White House's new "Digital Promise" initiative to advance the use of technologies in teaching and learning.