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.


  • Winners of 15th annual MLK contest announced

    Jan 23, 2017, 16:30 PM by the College of Education at Illinois
    Victor Perez, coordinator of operations at the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities at the College of Education at Illinois, said this year’s MLK Creative Expressions Competition drew 109 entries from children in area K-12 schools, with the majority of submissions being essays and poems.
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  • Engaging students in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 12, 2017, 10:56 AM by the College of Education at Illinois
    Every year students from local K-12 schools participate in the MLK Creative Expressions Competition, sponsored by the College of Education at Illinois.
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  • A question for College's 'Those Who Excel' honoree

    Oct 20, 2016, 11:30 AM by the College of Education at Illinois
    Prior to the Oct. 22 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the year banquet in Normal, Ill., Nicole Lafond of The News-Gazette asked some of the honorees: What does it mean to excel as an educator in today’s climate?
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  • Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schools

    Oct 17, 2016, 13:10 PM by Sharita Forrest
    About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the Oct. 20-22 Youth Literature Festival.
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  • Moore, Perez honored by Illinois State Board of Education

    Oct 17, 2016, 12:30 PM by the College of Education at Illinois
    Lila Moore and Victor Perez have received Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education for their work with SOAR (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources), an afterschool volunteer tutoring program that provides literacy support and homework help to emergent Latina/o bilingual/biliterate students in grades 2-5.
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