Saint Xavier University (SXU) and Morgan Park High School (MPHS) officially launched an innovative MathLab at MPHS on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in an effort to prepare students for their first collegiate mathematics course. During the launch ceremony, Dr. Carolyn Epps, principal of MPHS, and SXU’s School of Education Dean Suzanne Lee offered their remarks along with 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea. The launch of the MathLab was even featured in DNAinfo Chicago by reporter Howard Ludwig, and Patch by reporter Angela Sykora. Reporter Kyle Garmes of the Beverly Review was also present for the launch and wrote a nice feature highlighting the great partnership.
The MathLab will involve two SXU math professors training four MPHS math instructors on implementation of SXU’s highly successful MathLab. SXU professors will train MPHS on how to utilize the selected software as well as assist them in developing processes for selecting, monitoring and assessing all student learning progress. SXU students will be trained as mentors for the before and/or after-school programs.
SXU entered into a long-term partnership with MPHS in the summer of 2014, which was initiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to provide a pathways for students to gain early exposure to college and receive duel course credit. There are five elements to this partnership: Dual Enrollment, Professional Development, MathLab, Mentoring and the Strong Program. Funds for this activity were provided by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded to the Chicago Public Schools Community Schools Initiative.
To learn more about SXU’s and MPHS partnership, please click here.