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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dominican's School of Education collaborated this summer with Power of Partnerships on a program designed to help close the achievement gaps in local second through eighth graders. Participating students had registered low Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) during the past school year.

The four-week program, held at the Oak Park Public Library, was a collaboration between the School of Education, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, the Excellence with Equity (E-Team) and the library and was funded through a $50,000 grant received by the E-Team from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation's Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy.

The free program engaged about 80 students Monday through Friday, between July 16 and August 10, in developing literacy and math skills, researching projects revolving around social justice issues and participating in a variety of hands-on activities. The day began with 30 minutes of yoga to prepare students for learning.

Dominican provided alumni who are certified reading specialists as well as current teacher candidates. In addition, through a grant from the John and Frances Beck Foundation, the university brought in teachers from area Catholic schools who had been trained in technologically enhanced learning.

You can read an article about the PoP program in the Wednesday Journal.