The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education has been awarded a grant of $100,000 by the California Community Foundation to improve the quality of education for underserved students in Los Angeles public, charter and Catholic schools.

The grant will help the school provide high-quality training to preschool-through-high-school teachers and administrators, LMU officials said. The School of Education was one of the 11 nonprofit organizations chosen this year by the California Community Foundation.

During the next two years, the school plans to continue its teacher training, expand its outreach and measure its impact through rigorous evaluation, LMU officials said.

The support from the California Community Foundation will allow the School of Education to achieve several key objectives, including:

— graduate approximately 900 educational practitioners trained in the most effective practices for working with English learners, children with special needs and other diverse student populations;

— enroll 400 Teach for America corps members;

— enroll 720 Catholic educators in its Catholic school programs;

— enroll between 50 and 75 charter school administrators in the new Charter School Leadership Academy;

— create professional development opportunities for teachers in the new Family of Schools initiative; and

— train 25 to 50 childcare and preschool teachers per year in the new Early Childhood Education program.

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