Center for Urban Education

Center for Urban Education

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The mission of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State University is to promote academic success, wellness, and equity in P-20 urban education in Northeast Ohio and beyond through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. The Center is a founding member of the Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (CAER), a research-practice partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the American Insititutes for Research supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Center announcements can be found below, and additional information about the Center can be found on the left sidebar menu. 

Center Releases School Climate Improvement Guidance during the Pandemic

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Center has created a list of ten strategies that Ohio K-12 schools can use to promote a positive school climate during this unprecedented year in education. The strategies derive from research on effective schooling during crises and transitions and practices that support equity and racial justice in schools. They include: (1) state a school vision and mission that includes values of community and inclusion; (2) use data to provide support for students, teachers, and families; (3) integrate multi-tiered systems of support; (4) establish positive relationships amongst school staff and students; (5) promote social and emotional learning; (6) foster a positive school racial climate; (7) engage students in social action to address problems; (8) address experiences and emotions tied to the pandemic and to equity and inclusion; (9) incorporate trauma-informed practices and staff professional development; and (10) provide behavioral health support and interventions.

Center Awarded Research Grant from Institute of Education Science

The Center, as part of the Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (CAER), was awarded a $1.4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to develop and study a youth participatory action research (YPAR) program in Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools. YPAR engages young people in original research that generates evidence to inform change in their schools and communities. A team of CAER researchers, CMSD teachers, and CMSD students will collaboratively design a school-based YPAR program and study its impact on participating students and schools. The study is being led by Center Director Adam Voight, and the co-principal investigators are Molly Buckley-Marudas of Cleveland State University, Matthew Linick of the American Institutes for Research, and Joshua Terchek of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. 

Center Awarded Research Grant from William T. Grant Foundation

The Center, as part of a collaborative with the Univeristy of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado, was awarded a $500,000 research grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study youth participatory action research (YPAR) in several school districts in California (Hemet, San Francisco, Stockton), Colorado (Denver), New Jersey (Kingsway, Delsea), and Ohio (Cleveland). YPAR engages young people in original research that generates evidence to inform change in their schools and communities. This study will focus specifically on how and whether the research evidence created by young people is used by adult decision-makers. It will examine whether contextual factors in schools and districts and characteristics of adults, youth researchers, and the research itself make it more or less likely that YPAR evidence be used. The study is being led by Emily Ozer at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-principal investigators are Center Director, Adam Voight, and Ben Kirshner at the University of Colorado, Boulder.