The Loyola Marymount University School of Education presents its 2015 Impact Report – Connections: Linking Educators to Build a Brighter Future for Schools and Communities. Grounded in the real world of schools and communities, the Loyola Marymount University School of Education reaches across the divides to engage stakeholders through unique partnerships across all sectors to produce the changes our schools and our children deserve.
The 2015 Impact Report has been honored with the Gold award in the category of Institutional Relations Publications: President’s Reports and Annual Reports on behalf of the CASE District VII Board of Directors and the CASE VII Awards of Excellence Committee.
Some highlights from our 2015 Impact Report include:
- This year LMU continued to rise in the U.S. News rankings, moving 72 positions since 2011 to 59th in the nation. LMU is tied for the second-ranked Jesuit school nationally and third private, independent institution in California.
- Our faculty and staff received numerous awards and distinctions and published books and journal articles. The SOE and university’s education unit secured nearly $6.4 million in sponsored research and contracts.
- SOE’s determination to transcend traditional boundaries in pursuit of common goals serves as a springboard for the next generation leaders who posses the energy, talent and ability to unite disparate groups across public, charter and Catholic schools, including Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools and 2013 graduate of SOE’s doctoral program, Kevin Baxter, senior director and superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and recipient of SOE’s 2015 Educator of the Year award, and Laura McGowan-Robinson, senior vice president, Regional Advocacy, California Charter Schools Association and student of SOE’s doctoral program.
- Two LMU Center for Catholic Education programs celebrate important milestones that continue to strengthen Catholic school education in Southern California and across the country. This year marks the 15th anniversary of PLACE Corps as well as the 10th anniversary of the CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers) program.
- SOE initiatives continue to win grant support and build strong partnerships with local schools, districts and communities while improving educational outcomes through the innovative work of four SOE centers: the Center for Equity for English Learners, LMU Family of Schools, the Mathematics Leadership Corps and the Center for Math and Science Teaching.
- SOE continues to tackle the complex set of challenges that educators face today by taking the lead in assembling stakeholders from all settings to engage in critical dialogue. This year, the SOE convened a wide array of events to discuss challenges and find solutions that will allow all learners to succeed, including a Global Summit on the Education of Individuals with Disabilities and the inaugural Better Together: California Teachers Summit.