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Research & Projects

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients

    This study seeks to identify the role of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) training in enhancing adaptive immune responses and influenza infection in older dementia caregivers.

  • Cognitive Training to Protect Immune Systems of Older Caregivers
  • Cognitive Training to Protect Immune Systems of Older Caregivers

    This study tests the effectiveness and mechanisms of cognitive training for spousal caregivers of patients with dementia in protecting against chronic stress-induced aging of the immune system.

  • PROJECT REBUILD-VL: A Resilience-Building Intervention to Prevent Late-Life Depression with Vision Loss
  • PROJECT REBUILD-VL: A Resilience-Building Intervention to Prevent Late-Life Depression with Vision Loss

    The goal of project REBUILD-VL is to offer a Resilience Building Program which strengthens the capacity of older adults with vision loss to cope with current and future problems in order to prevent new depression symptoms and reduce current symptoms.

  • 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, a very common condition among those 80 and older. As co-investigator, Silvia Sörensen provides support as a community engagement specialist.

  • STEM Teacher Leaders for Urban Schools
  • STEM Teacher Leaders for Urban Schools

    In the fall of 2015, a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Phase II grant was awarded to the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the University of Rochester′s Warner School of Education to enhance and expand current efforts to prepare K-12 master teachers and teacher leaders in math and science in urban settings. Over the course of the five-year project, 17 teachers will assume leadership positions and roles in improving mathematics and science teaching and learning through the UR Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Program. The funding will provide intensive professional development to teachers to engage in school reform efforts and provide leadership in math and science in high-need schools.

  • East High School Partnership
  • East High School Partnership

    On Feb. 11, 2015, the New York State Education Department delivered its final approval to the plan and budget for the University of Rochester to serve as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) for East High School, beginning in July 2015. The University entered this partnership at the request of the Rochester City School District Board of Education and is excited to be working with Rochester educators, families, students and the community to ensure the success of East and its students. The plan is designed to support a shift in the school culture, enhance the academic program, and increase supports for students and staff at East to succeed.

  • Genesee Valley Writing Project
  • Genesee Valley Writing Project

    A collaborative school-university partnership dedicated to improving the quality of student writing and learning in PK-16 schools across the Genesee Valley region through teacher-centered professional development. The Genesee Valley Writing Project (GVWP) is a local site affiliate of the National Writing Project, a federally funded professional development program with nearly 200 sites across the country. The Summer Institute is the heart of the Genesee Valley Writing Project.

  • Institute for Innovative Transition
  • Institute for Innovative Transition

    A partnership between the Warner School and B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, the Institute for Innovative Transition (IIT) is committed to improving the quality of lives for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as they transition into adulthood.

  • The SENT Study 
  • The SENT Study 

    The study, entitled “Sexual Engagements with Networked Technologies by Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (YBMSM),” otherwise known as the SENT Study, examines the sexually-related use of internet sites, smartphone apps, and other technologies by YBMSM. 

  • Nathaniel Rochester Community School Partnership
  • Nathaniel Rochester Community School Partnership

    Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3 is in the process of transitioning into a STEM magnet school. The Warner School is assisting this process through coaching and professional learning to build capacity to provide students with high-quality STEM experiences.

  • Project READ
  • Project READ

    In partnership with John James Audubon School 33, Warner faculty and graduate students, who are training to become reading specialists, offer a comprehensive literacy program for at-risk students in first grade. Privately funded, the program includes direct-targeted tutoring services, in-class support and modeling of best practices for teachers, literacy professional development for teachers, and family literacy activities. 

  • Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community-Based Assets and Accountability Criteria
  • Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community-Based Assets and Accountability Criteria

    The goal of this case study is to examine varied forms of cultural capital as indicators/criteria for youth development grounded in community goals and standards for their school-aged children. In collaboration with Freedom School (FS) participants, we are working to examine FS social and cultural resources that support positive youth development and to understand the relationship of those resources to community-based goals for FS youth social and academic development.

  • Constructive Clinical Supervision
  • Constructive Clinical Supervision

    Welcome to the continuing education site for Constructive Clinical Supervision! This professional development activity is designed to provide readers of the book Constructive Clinical Supervision by Douglas A. Guiffrida with an opportunity to earn continuing education credit for the learning they engaged in through reading the book.

  • Publishing Engineering Writing: Access and Participation in Professional Practices
  • 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 (presentations, publications, etc.). We use a mixed-methods approach (ethnographic, interview, and survey) grounded in a theoretical framework drawing on social practice, social capital, and social network theories.

  • Deepening Everyones Mathematics Knowledge
  • Deepening Everyones Mathematics Knowledge

    The grant aims to increase the math knowledge of teachers, parents, and community members so that they can help K-12 children develop a deeper, more useful understanding of mathematics. The project creates a series of professional development school programs in four local school districts, including the City of Rochester School District.

  • Motivation and College Success
  • Motivation and College Success

    This work is expanding the cultural motivation theory model, which currently includes only self-determination variables (which state that people do better when they are motivated by their own intrinsic interests, instead of external interests like power or prestige), to also incorporate cultural orientations to explain students’ intent to persist (IP) and GPA.

  • Urban-Suburban Student Transfer Program
  • Urban-Suburban Student Transfer Program

    This study examines Rochester, New York’s Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program (USITP) which began in 1965. USITP voluntarily reduces racial isolation in elementary and secondary schools of New York State by allowing minority students to transfer from the Rochester City School District to participating suburban school districts.

  • Research Evidence in Struggling Schools
  • Research Evidence in Struggling Schools

    Finnigan and Daly are exploring the organizational learning processes of schools designated as needing improvement under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The study focuses 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. Finnigan and Daly’s goal is to affect change in practice and policy that will have a direct impact on traditionally under-served youth who are disproportionately represented in low-performing schools.

  • The Hidden Cost of School Security
  • The Hidden Cost of School Security

    As education policymakers press for additional security initiatives in schools, it is important to understand the costs borne by school systems for these programs. Thus far, the scholarly literature is silent on this issue and the professional literature and mass media offer only anecdotal accounts. In this study, we use financial data from Texas and the National Center for Education Statistics’ School Survey on Crime and Safety to examine how much districts spend on security, how they use those resources, and the extent to which spending differs across districts. Our intent is to provide a comprehensive and more refined account of school security costs than is presently available.

  • Attrition and Mobility of School Principals in Illinois
  • Attrition and Mobility of School Principals in Illinois

    This study examines the career movements of Illinois school principals during the 2001 to 2008 period. Using a population dataset constructed from annual administrative files, we determine the rates at which principals stayed in the same school, moved to another school within the same district, moved to another school in a different district, changed to a non-principal position, or left the Illinois public school system altogether during each year of the study. In addition, we examine the personal and school-based factors associated with those decisions.

  • Department Chairs: School Leadership
  • Department Chairs: School Leadership's Missing Link

    This study strives to frame the skills that secondary school department chairs need to manage effectively their programs. Using a survey of New State Principals, our analysis should provide much needed insights into the nature of the position (e.g., do chairs get course release) and principals' perceptions of the relative importance of a set of leadership skills (e.g., visioning, communication, and resource management).

  • Leadership Coaching Certificate Program
  • Leadership Coaching Certificate Program

    The Leadership Coaching Certificate Program is the result of a partnership between the Warner Center and McArdle Ramerman, Inc., a local executive leadership development firm.

    Leadership coaching assists the leader in developing specific leadership skills, enhances individual effectiveness, and ultimately secures organizational performance. There are two fundamentals beliefs in leadership; it’s a learnable practice and all leaders have the responsibility to develop others. This program creates a better understanding of ones self as the foundation for leading change and transformation.

  • Get Real! Science
  • Get Real! Science

    Get Real! Science is the Warner School of Education’s science teacher preparation program designed to engage students in real science through an inquiry-based approach.

  • Freedom Market Transformation Project
  • Freedom Market Transformation Project

    The Warner School has partnered with several community partners in the city’s northeast section to transform and rebuild one of Rochester’s most impoverished communities—the Beechwood neighborhood. The team of community-university researchers aims to critically and holistically address the complexities with community urban transformation and its related issues through collaborative participatory action research.

  • Horizons Program
  • Horizons Program

    This six week summer enrichment program engages K-8 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences. This program creates a unique opportunity for the members of the Warner School to interact with students on the university campus in a non-traditional school setting.

  • Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learner Success
  • Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learner Success

    The Western New York Collaboration for ELL Success (Project CELLS) is a collaborative partnership among the Warner School; the Rochester City School District; Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN); and Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne-Finger Lakes, and Genesee Valley BOCES that aims to provide students who are learning English with access to high-quality instruction across academic subjects and prepare them for success beyond high school. Project CELLS is dedicated to helping school personnel—including teachers, counselors, and leaders—better serve English language learners (ELLs), as well as increase the number of highly-qualified teachers certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Funded by a five-year (2012-17) National Professional Development grant,  Project CELLS offers the following: 1) scholarships for new and veteran teachers to earn TESOL certification; 2) professional development programs for Warner School faculty as well as current ESOL and content-area teachers, counselors, and school leaders; and 3) curriculum to help refugee and immigrant students with little experience of formal education understand their choices within the U.S. educational system.

  • Factors Affecting the Supply of and Demand for Educational Administrators
  • Factors Affecting the Supply of and Demand for Educational Administrators

    This study uses survey data from Illinois to examine the factors that influence individuals’ transitions into educational administration. With job application and job offer information from the survey, we are able to estimate separate supply and demand models and thereby assess the separate decisions of both stakeholder groups – prospective employees and employers – in this labor market.