Research & Centers

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Scholarship, advocacy and leadership

Centers

Advancing the Warner School's mission of "promoting change that can significantly improve education and support positive human development" by working at the intersection of research and practice. 

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Center for Professional Development and Education Reform

The Center for Professional Development and Education Reform partners with organizations and institutions to improve educational practices and policies through professional learning, leadership development, and program evaluation.

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Center for Urban Education Success

The Center for Urban Education Success supports the success of K-12 urban schools in Rochester and beyond. Grounded in the University's partnership with East, the center is creating a model for urban school improvement through a robust clearinghouse of research, practitioner guides, and other artifacts.

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Center for Disability and Education

The Center for Disability and Education provides high-quality information and support to people navigating the world of disability. The Center provides expertise, guidance, and linkage to community members, students, families, school districts, non-profit agencies, and higher education institutions.

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Center for Learning in the Digital Age

The Center for Learning in the Digital Age collaborates with various educational partners to leverage the potential of digital technologies for education, so as to enhance learning and development in K-12 and higher education settings, as well as in a variety of non-traditional settings.

Research projects

 

Motivation in science among students with learning disabilities: Broadening participation and persistence
Motivation in science among students with learning disabilities: Broadening participation and persistence

This NSF-funded project works with experienced science educators to better understand how the motivational beliefs of middle and high school students with learning disabilities influence whether they will pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields.

Project ENGOAL:  Engaging older adult learners as health researchers
Project ENGOAL:  Engaging older adult learners as health researchers

Collaborative community project designed to develop patient partners to help shape current and future geriatric research, as well as clinical services, and a research project involving Warner School of Education and Human Development students.



Intrinsic motivation in science museums: Learning from and broadening participation of visitors with learning disabilities

The Warner School of Education and Human Development is leading a study on the learning and engagement experiences of youth with learning disabilities in informal learning environments, such as science centers and museums.

Project SyncOn: Online professional learning for middle grades mathematics teachers in rural contexts 

This NSF-funded project provides teachers in rural school districts access to innovative online professional learning experiences in mathematics, and studies the online activities to better understand the limitations and benefits.

Freedom Schools as settings for youth development: Identifying community-based assets and accountability criteria

This case study examines varied forms of cultural capital as indicators/criteria for youth development grounded in community goals and standards for their school-aged children. 

Publishing engineering writing: Access and participation in professional practices

This study investigates how engineers write for publication and how students and post-docs learn the professional practices related to disseminating research findings.


Community initiatives

Project READ: A literacy program for at-risk students
Project READ: A literacy program for at-risk students

A partnership with Rochester′s School 33, with a focus on first graders, providing tutoring services, in-class-support, professional development and family literacy activities.

East High School partnership initiative
East High School partnership initiative

In partnership with the East High community, the Warner School of Education and Human Development has assumed a leadership role in an extensive school transformation effort designed to improve outcomes for students and build a healthy and effective learning community.



Step to College program

Step to College, which launched in summer 2018 under the University of Rochester’s educational partnership with East High School, is an innovative pre-college program that aims to prepare Rochester students for admission to — and to persist in — two-year and four-year colleges.

Horizons at Warner: Enrichment program for Rochester City School District students in grades K-8

An enrichment program that engages K-8 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences through a six-week summer program on campus and ongoing engagement throughout the year. 

Genesee Valley Writing Project

This collaborative school-university partnership seeks to improve the teaching and learning of writing in PK-16 schools across the Genesee Valley region through a teachers-teaching-teachers professional development model. Highlights include summer institutes for teachers and a writing camp for youth in grades 6-12. The writing project also has several small grants that support deeper...

Get Real! Science

Get Real! Science is the Warner School of Education and Human Development's science teacher preparation program designed to engage students in real science through an inquiry-based approach. The program includes a comprehensive research program and community outreach initiatives: the Get Real! Environmental Action Camp and Science STARS.