Education @UW

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Center for Educational Leadership's website

Center for Educational Leadership

The Center for Educational Leadership helps districts close the achievement gap through effective instruction. But teachers can’t do it alone: both school and district leaders have to create a culture of learning and support for teachers to excel. Our nationally recognized experts, working with research-based methods, help all levels of a school system improve achievement for all students.

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Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)'s website

Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)

CRPE’s research and policy analysis is focused on the complex systemic challenges affecting public education. We develop, test, and support evidence-based solutions to create new possibilities for the parents, educators, and public officials who strive to improve America’s schools. Read more about our approach to research and analysis.CRPE is based in Seattle and affiliated with the University...

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District Leadership Design Lab (DL2)'s website

District Leadership Design Lab (DL2)

The District Leadership Design Lab (DL2) gives districts across the country a hands-on partner with the know-how to help central offices lead to improve results for all students. We partner with school districts across the country to help create high-performing central offices and districtwide systems that enable principals to lead and teachers to teach for student success.

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Norris & Dorothy Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education's website

Norris & Dorothy Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education

At the Haring Center, families, researchers, and students work closely on their shared mission of providing inclusive educational services for children with and without disabilities. The Haring Center is proud to be a leader in developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating strategies to help all students succeed, all teachers be effective, and all parents feel confident and competent.

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UW Office of Research (OR)'s website

UW Office of Research (OR)

Research is foundational for our future, with major impacts on the region and the world. We are investing in our future and enabling research advances that maintain our competitiveness, even in the face of a restricted federal funding climate. One of our competitive strengths is our focus on recruiting top faculty and students.Research strongly supports our educational mission by...

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Education, Equity, & Society (ESS)'s website

Education, Equity, & Society (ESS)

Education, Equity, & Society is an intellectual community within the College of Education that encourages students to explore the meaning, purpose, and significance of education in diverse community contexts with the aim of contributing to local and global educational equity and social change. We are an interdisciplinary group that draws on expertise in several traditions and cultural contexts, including history,...

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Center for Integrated Design's website

Center for Integrated Design

The mission of the Center for Integrated Design is to discover solutions that overcome the most difficult building performance barriers, and to meet the building industry’s goals of moving towards radically higher performing buildings and healthy urban environments.The Center for Integrated Design, composed of the Integrated Design Lab and the Discovery Commons, builds knowledge through discovery, advocacy and...

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Social Development Research Group (SDRG)'s website

Social Development Research Group (SDRG)

For over 30 years the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) has sought to investigate and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development in youth and adults.SDRG is a recognized leader in the field of prevention research. Our efforts to understand how risk and protective factors influence development have resulted in hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and led to the...

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Center For Environment, Education, and Design Studies's website

Center For Environment, Education, and Design Studies

The Center for Environment Education and Design Studies (CEEDS) brings together a culturally diverse, interdisciplinary group of faculty and students to enhance learning and community well-being through participatory research and design with K-12 schools, government agencies, and grassroots organizations. Although our work focuses primarily on communities in the greater Seattle area, CEEDS has established interdisciplinary collaborations that extend nationally.

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Homeless Rights Advocacy Project
Seattle University
The Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) engages Seattle University School of Law students in effective legal and policy research, analysis, and advocacy work to advance the rights of homeless adults, youth, and children.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has, since its inception in 1985 as a research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.We do this through policy research—by developing and testing new ideas, generating and analyzing information, and examining policies, programs, and practices across a wide range of service systems and organizations.Chapin Hall takes a broad perspective, embracing an interest in policies that promote the well-being of all children and youth while devoting special attention to those facing significant problems. Our perspective also encompasses their families and their communities, recognizing that we cannot improve circumstances for children and youth in isolation. The community context in which children and youth live influences their well-being in important ways. We are interested as much in preventing problems as in ameliorating them, and this broad perspective affords us the opportunity to do both.Chapin Hall’s impact derives largely from a distinctive marriage of the most rigorous academic research with innovative partnerships with the public systems, institutions, organizations, and programs that are in a position to best deploy that research. Taken together, this broad perspective and commitment to working in partnership form the cornerstone of our efforts.
Research, Education, and Advocacy to Combat Homelessness (REACH)
New York University
Research, Education & Advocacy to Combat Homelessness (REACH) is the law school’s primary student organization dedicated to directly serving the local homeless community and raising the profile of poverty law issues within the law school. REACH operates 2 weekly clinics in soup kitchens near NYU, where law students provide advice and referral on a wide range of issues including housing, public benefits, and health-related matters. REACH also publishes a comprehensive manual and organizes speakers and panels on issues relevant to poverty law.
Centre for Urban & Community Studies
University of Toronto
The Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) was established in 1964 to promote and disseminate multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on urban issues.The Centre's activities contributed to scholarship on questions relating to the social, economic and physical well-being of people who live and work in urban areas large and small, in Canada and around the world.
Moreau Center
University of Portland
Inspired by the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, rooted in Catholic social teaching, and guided by the mission of the University, Moreau Center programs center on direct service. Service is one of the key components in a Catholic education.Direct service involves directly connecting with people and programs through service.It addresses real community needs while allowing students to encounter and critically examine issues of poverty and injustice. Students engaging with people whose life experience and perspectives may be different from their own helps to break down fears, stereotypes, and apathy and often inspires people to do more.
Child Homelessness Initiative
Lesley University
The mission of the CHI is to prepare Lesley University graduates---next-generation teachers, policy advocates, therapists and child care providers--with a trauma-informed asset model that enables practices and policies consistent with maximizing infant and toddler health, happiness and well-being, securing their protection from injury and insult, and advancing their educational opportunities and citizenship.
Y.E.S. - Youth Educational Services
Humboldt State University
Homelessness Network is a program designed to offer assistance to homeless families in Humboldt County. The focus of attention is centered on the children to offer additional stimulus and educational exposure that may serve to peak their interests and nurture creativity and a love of learning.
National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services
University of Albany
Launched in 2013, the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, located at the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, partners with social work programs, providers, and policymakers to strengthen services that transform the lives of all homeless children and adults. We emphasize: increasing homelessness content within our social work curriculum, expanding field placements in homeless services, educating policymakers, and supporting leaders in the homelessness field.
Institute of Urban and Regional Development
University of California, Berkeley
Through collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practice, Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) supports students, faculty, and visiting scholars to critically investigate and help improve processes and outcomes that shape urban equity around the world."The future of IURD will be to position itself as a global leader in research and policy that aims to answer how 21st century urbanization and cities can be the sites of innovation and opportunity, sustainability and democracy, health and social justice." - Director Jason CorburnAdvancing multidisciplinary, collaborative and action-oriented urban research and policy analysis that addresses urban issues, not just analyzes them. Acting as the intellectual hub on the UC Berkeley campus for all things ‘urban equity’ Building long-term, university-community action-research partnerships (avoiding the ‘extraction’ model of research) Establishing and fostering a vibrant network of researchers, community partners & policy makers to support leadership & innovation for urban equityIURD & Urban Equity We define urban equity as focused efforts to address avoidable inequalities by targeting resources and improvements for populations and places that have experienced socioeconomic, racial, gender and/or other injustices.
West Philadelphia Landscape Project
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The West Philadelphia Landscape Project has worked in the Mill Creek Watershed since 1987, with a focus on the Mill Creek neighborhood. Throughout our more than 25-year history, we have worked with the people of Mill Creek to address the opportunities and challenges posed by the urban landscape.For more than twenty-five years, the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has worked in the Mill Creek watershed and neighborhood. Our mission is to restore nature and rebuild community through strategic design, planning, and education projects. Through our experience in Mill Creek, we seek to demonstrate how to create human settlements that are healthier, economical to build and maintain, more resilient, more beautiful, and more just.A key proposal of the West Philadelphia Landscape Project is to manage the Mill Creek watershed as part of a broad approach to improving regional water quality and as a strategy to secure funds to rebuild the neighborhood. We employ landscape literacy as a cornerstone of community development.During the past quarter century, hundreds of students, teachers, residents, and public officials have been part of WPLP. WPLP has worked with numerous partners, including the Philadelphia Water Department, Penn’s Center for Community Partnerships, Aspen Farms Community Garden, Sulzberger Middle School, the Mill Creek Coalition, the Philadelphia Urban Resources Partnership, and Philadelphia Green. WPLP is led by Anne Whiston Spirn, a professor of landscape architecture and planning at MIT, founded WPLP in 1987 when she was at the University of Pennsylvania.
Centre for Urban Research and Innovations
University of Nairobi
Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI), formerly Urban Innovations Program (UIP), is a think tank based at the University of Nairobi's Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The Centre seeks to create a forum for exploring innovative methodologies for enabling planners and professionals in the built environment to be more responsive and effective in addressing urban challenges in contemporary and future African urban settings.This initiative began in the year 2007 as part of rethinking by urban planners on the relevance of current planning education and the effectiveness contemporary urban planning practice. The initial funding was provided by The Rockefeller Foundation. CURI is composed of a team of researchers who work towards seeking new and innovative approaches by which the planning school and faculty of built environment can better engage policy makers, communities, urban authorities, private sector and partners to foster greater awareness and appreciation of collaborative planned interventions to local urban challenges.To promote capacity building through empowerment of urban communities for effective community participation; linking and networking with NGOS, government agencies and parastals working within informal settlements and municipalities through provision of technical assistance.The overall objective of CURI is to create a forum for exploring innovative methodologies for enabling professional planners and designers, civil societies, local communities, governments/government ministries and African planning schools to be more responsive and effective in addressing challenges in contemporary and future African urban settlements.
UChicago Urban Labs
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago's Urban Labs comprises 5 units: Crime Lab, Education Lab, Energy & Environment Lab, Health Lab, and Poverty Lab.Working in partnership with policy makers and practitioners worldwide, Urban Labs help evaluate and implement the most effective urban policies and solutions around the world, bringing improvements to people's lives in real time.Our deep partnerships with government and nonprofit agencies help us translate our research into direct policy action. We provide decision makers with persuasive empirical evidence and understanding to guide their actions and their use of public and private resources.Today, Urban Labs provide analytic support and strategic guidance to policy makers across the United States and India, carrying out large-scale experiments, shaping public policy, and improving the quality of life for urban residents on a broad scale. In the decade ahead, Urban Labs aspire to significantly improve public policy and human life worldwide.