Scholarship, Advocacy,
and Leadership

Pursuing new knowledge and partnering with schools and organizations to make them and the people they serve ever better.


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. 

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.

Center for Urban Education Success (CUES)
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, CUES is creating a model for urban school improvement through a robust clearinghouse of research, practitioner guides, and other artifacts.

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.

Center for Learning in the Digital Age (LiDA)
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.

Community Initiatives

In addition to exceptional academic programs, Warner offers its students the unique experience of putting classroom learning into practice through numerous community engagement initiatives.


East High School Partnership
East High School Partnership

In partnership with the East High community and other units in the University, Warner 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.

Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Project (Phase 3)
Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Project (Phase 3)

NSF-funded partnership centered on transforming math and science teaching and learning by effectively integrating and supporting instructional technology into K-12 classrooms in six local school districts.

Growing a Healthy Community: Families Building Sustainable Gardens and Community Spaces

The purpose of this study is to work along with parents, grandparents and others who live and work in the Beechwood neighborhood in Rochester, N.Y. to understand and document the co-construction of spaces to grow food, develop a business, and build a community.

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.

Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD 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.

Research Projects

Warner School faculty - renowned researchers and education leaders - are impacting the future of education and our understanding of human development through strategic, industry-leading research inititiatives.

Project SyncOn: Online Professional Learning for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts 
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.

Neurophysiological Aspects of Vision-Based Speed of Processing Cognitive Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Neurophysiological Aspects of Vision-Based Speed of Processing Cognitive Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

This study examines the effectiveness of a vision-based cognitive training module for improving cognition among older adults with mild cognitive impairment. 

Sankofa Communiversity

Sankofa Communiversity is an intergenerational, collaborative community of research, scholarship and social activism.

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. 

Freedom Market Transformation Project

A community partnership and collaborative participatory action research project, it aims to transform and rebuild one of Rochester’s most impoverished communities and critically and holistically address the complexities with community urban transformation.

Research Evidence in Struggling Schools

This study explores the organizational learning processes of schools designated as needing improvement under No Child Left Behind, focusing on the acquisition and use of different types of research evidence as part of that learning process, as well as the extent to which social networks support or constrain these school improvement efforts.