In the Community

Collage of urban community and students in classroom

Through our collaborative research, field experiences, program development, and community engagement, grounded in Baltimore but extending to other urban communities in Maryland, our vision is to work collaboratively to ensure equity in schools in urban communities.

Institute for Urban Catholic Education (IUCE)

(Partnership with the Archdiocese of Baltimore)

Loyola University Maryland's School of Education launched the Institute for Urban Catholic Education (IUCE) within the Center for Innovation in Urban Education with funding from the Raskob Foundation and Archdiocese of Baltimore. The IUCE strengthens our partnership with high-need urban Catholic schools; develops a model of excellence for future partnerships; and disseminates scholarship on effective teaching and leadership, locally and nationally.

Visit the IUCE website

Download the IUCE brochure

Speaker Series

Dean Joshua Smith with speaker Gloria Ladson-BillingsLoyola’s School of Education strives to contribute to the critical conversations on education in urban areas, and to offer a variety of events for university and local community members. 

Recent lectures include:

  • Dr. Adrienne Dixon, Associate Professor of Critical Race Theory, and Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Endowed Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Jason Irizarry, Director of Urban Education and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Dr. David Stovall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Learn more about our Speaker Series

Annual Professional Development

The Loyola School of Education provides a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators in Archdiocese Community Schools.  Recent examples include: Integrating STEM into the Curriculum, Destination Imagination, Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners, and Formative Assessment.

Learning and Leading by Design Workshop

This professional development program is designed to support Archdiocese teachers’ and school leaders’ capacity to build authentic, professional learning relationships and to create transformed opportunities for deep student learning. The program currently includes two schools: Immaculate Conception and Cathedral of Mary our Queen. The program is focused on two integrated constructs: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Understanding by Design (UbD). By integrating these two concepts into a two-year learning process, school principals and teachers become deeply involved in building collaborative and supportive structures both within their own school and in collaboration with other participating schools within the Archdiocese.

Strategic Planning

Faculty from Loyola have been working with administrators and faculty leaders on design and implementation of school-based improvement plans that both meet the strategic goals of the Archdiocese schools as well as attend to the specific learning contexts of each school.

Field Experiences

Understanding the importance of rich, active experiences with learners, our students have intense field experiences and internships in a variety of schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Our goal is to prepare our teachers to specifically meet the needs of all students in today’s urban classrooms.

Read about our Professional Development Schools

Center for Innovation and Urban Education (CIUE)

A teacher reading to students in the classroom and Loyola students with a sign showing they love Baltimore schools

The Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) at Loyola University Maryland is a collaborative space for those concerned with the educational experiences of students, families, and educators in urban schools. The CIUE intends to have a positive impact on education in Baltimore and other urban communities through collaborative research, innovative program development, and community engagement.

Visit the CIUE website

Summer Reading Institute

The School of Education partners with the Institute of Reading Development to offer eight different reading and skill programs for children and adults.

Learn about our Summer Reading Program

Student Engagement “In the Community”

Group of UNITE students

Urban Needs in Teacher Education (UNITE)

UNITE is a student-run organization of emerging educators who work to alleviate apprehensions and shift perspectives on the stereotypes of urban education.

Visit the UNITE website

Gifts for Guildford

Every December our students and alumni join forces to donate Christmas presents to Guildford Elementary School.