Executive Director: Robert Walsh, S.J.
Location: University Hall 1760
Catholic schools are an integral part of the educational systems of urban centers across the United States, serving as pillars for many communities, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. In Los Angeles, more than 80,000 children and their families rely on these schools to provide the moral, spiritual and intellectual underpinnings that have enabled so many Catholic school graduates to become productive, socially conscious adults.
But these schools are facing significant challenges. Enrollment in Catholic schools has declined 12 percent nationally in the last decade. Many schools are struggling financially. Catholic school systems are in need of professional development for teachers and administrators, along with research into the most effective approaches to running the schools and educating increasingly diverse student bodies.
With the Center for Catholic Education, the LMU School of Education will be better positioned to assist the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as Catholic school systems across the country, in ensuring that the rich tradition of Catholic education endures and grows. The CCE brings together a broad range of successful programs at SOE to advance PK-12 Catholic education by training school leaders and teachers, increasing awareness of Catholic schools’ impact on communities, and developing innovative ways to support Catholic schools. The Center for Catholic Education will serve as an anchor for Catholic schools in Los Angeles and nationally so that the rich tradition of Catholic education continues to shape morally and socially conscious men and women.
The Center for Catholic Education is committed to leadership development, teacher preparation, and research and outreach.
The Center for Catholic Education offers programs in specialized cohorts:
- LMU|LA CAST: For teachers employed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- PLACE Corps: Teachers who are part of a teaching service corps in partnership with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
CMAST - Center for Math and Science Teaching
Director: Kathy Clemmer
Location: University Hall 1300
CMAST is dedicated to strengthening science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related fields by transforming the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) provides a national model for middle schools, high schools, and universities to transform math and science education using measurable, data-driven results connected to student engagement and achievement. CMAST is currently implementing the Los Angeles Math and Science Residency (LAMS), a teacher residency program focused on training math and science teachers in urban schools. CMAST also partners with organizations and districts across the spectrum of public, charter, and Catholic schools.
CMAST’s goals are:
- Creating a professional learning community comprised of faculty, teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members dedicated to increasing student engagement and achievement in mathematics and science
- Finding and sharing solutions that increase the number of students who pursue science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and science and mathematics teaching as careers
- Building teacher retention by providing opportunities for shared leadership between transformational teacher leaders, administrators, and parents
- Designing, strengthening, and sharing best practices in teaching and learning to improve teacher quality and college-readiness
MAST Teacher Leader (TL) Certificate
In the CMAST TL Certificate, TLs learn how to demonstrate effective teaching practices, coach their colleagues, and teach their colleagues in Professional Learning Seminars centered around teaching the CCSS through MAST at their respective sites and within their organizations. Throughout each course of the certificate, TLs take on more responsibility in leading their colleagues, through a gradual release of responsibility from CMAST faculty to the TL.
CMAST institutionalizes a combination of university classes, professional development seminars, in-class demonstrations, and virtual learning components to train TLs how to analyze student and teacher data, teach students and adults, share leadership with administrators, design STEM curriculum, and collaborate with faculty and community members to create and sustain the MAST System.
Teacher leaders who meet the following minimum program criteria are invited to apply:
- For Secondary teaching: possess an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA in a STEM or STEM-related field. For Elementary teaching: possess an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.4 GPA and at least 12 units in math and/or science preferred
- Possess a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience with demonstrated student achievement
- Possess current Clear California Multiple Subjects or Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics or Science for grades 7-12 or current Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- Must be currently teaching
- Desire to lead a new generation of effective teachers, commit to utilizing action research to improve practice, and dedicate their energy to uplifting schools that serve children from diverse economic, racial, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds
- Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and openness to feedback and critical conversations that transform mathematics or science practices
- Be a transformative teacher and coach for adult learners: able to establish effective relationships with colleagues, committed to leading courageous conversations with colleagues, able to design and implement effective instruction to increase colleagues’ learning, and model and facilitate data-informed decision-making keeping students at the core
After successful completion of the MAST TL Certificate, candidates have the option of applying their 12 semester hours towards a Master’s in Urban Education (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning).
19 semester hours of additional coursework required.
Center for Equity for English Learners
Director: Magaly Lavadenz
Associate Director: Elvira G. Armas
Location: University Hall 2600
The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) was established in 2006, with support from Bank of America, for the purpose of improving educational outcomes of English Learners (ELs). The Center’s research and professional development agendas will inform leadership and instructional practices for the state’s 1.5 million English Learners and the nation’s 3.5 million English Learners. CEEL’s mission is to pursue equity and excellence in the education of English Learners by transforming schools and educational systems through the Center’s research and professional development agendas. An integral component of this work is the development of advocacy-oriented leadership. Educators who utilize students’ cultural and language resources while developing students’ academic competencies have the potential to significantly transform schools and educational systems.