The Faculties of Nursing, Optometry and Education of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and the School of Social Work have joined forces to create projects with non-profit schools in the area. This collaboration was successful due to the dedication and leadership of all involved, which focused on what is best for all children. School districts, nonprofit educational organizations, civic organizations, and legislators were able to come together and work as a team with parents to improve learning conditions. The STL Community LAB is a platform that brings together community development training from various organizations and universities in St.
Louis. Its mission is to increase participation in the community-building process by educating and supporting everyone in the quest to build strong and complete communities. Saint Louis University (SLU) has been striving to strengthen and promote educational programs and operations in these schools. To do this, they have been enhancing their partnerships with the SLPS district, neighboring suburban public school districts, the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, Kansas City, and other organizations such as The Opportunity Trust, School Smart KC, Quality Schools Coalition, the Missouri Public Charter School Association, and the Missouri Education Policy Research Center (PRiME).
SLU also carries out regular evaluations of sponsored charter schools. Independent, non-parochial educational institutions serve a considerable portion of Missouri's students, particularly in urban settings. These institutions provide parish education at St. Louis, Kansas City and all of Missouri in multiple educational environments and formats. To guarantee that charter school funding remains constant even as local funding increases, Rep.
Aldridge of St. Louis proposed a formula that has resulted in more options to improve schools in both public and private education sectors. Saint Louis University also favors an interdisciplinary approach when it comes to conceptualizing and implementing a comprehensive vision for the advancement of primary and secondary education. This approach acknowledges the fact that education in schools complements and depends on a series of social, cultural, political and economic forces. Finally, faculty research efforts take advantage of the curricular, organizational, economic, and cultural breadth of Missouri schools to conduct advanced comparative research in urban community education.