The Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement (IDEA) in the College of Education is committed to the development of research and outreach activities to improve the academic and social achievement of children and young adults. Through a broad coalition of scholars, educators, and research groups, IDEA supports research and service activities designed to meet three broad goals:
BRT's research focus includes large-scale assessment, student accommodation and educational technology applications. In conjunction with federal, state, and local educational interests, BRT conducts research and implements solutions in the special and general education student populations.
CEPR was founded in 2000 in response to the need for better policy analysis in a time of unprecedented governmental activity in the area of education policy. Major changes in the role of the state and federal governments, in the financing of education, and in the expectations for schooling have created a tidal wave of policy initiatives over the past two decades. The pace and quantity of policy has overwhelmed traditional avenues for policy development, interpretation, and implementation.
CEPR seeks to help policy makers and policy implementers alike do a better job of using educational policy as a tool to improve schooling and student learning. The current emphasis on redesigning education offers a rare opportunity to examine long-held beliefs and traditional practices to determine if there are better ways to organize and conduct schooling, at the local, state, and national levels.
The Center on Teaching and Learning is a community of scholars whose mission is to conduct, translate, and disseminate research focused on solutions to practical problems in schools. CTL is an alliance of faculty members who seek to advance understanding and use of evidence-based practices to prevent and intercept academic difficulties in school-aged children. A primary emphasis of CTL is the role of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in school-wide models of academic reform. CTL's research and outreach include school-based experimental research, model demonstration projects, and large-scale professional development and technical assistance.
Secondary Special Education and Transition programs are aimed at high school-aged special education students who are preparing for the transition into adult communities. SSET atempts to build bridges between special and general education around this concept of transition. The Youth Transition Program develops and evaluates collaborations between special education and vocational rehabilitation programs. A second program teaches high school students how to engage successfully in self-directed transition planning. A third program addresses the transition of severely emotionally disurbed and adjudicated youth.
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