The Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) provides support for the research and scholarship of faculty and graduate students in the College of Education. Its work includes data services, academic editing, survey design and administration, and grant-writing support. In addition, CEDaR regularly sponsors workshops on research related software.
The Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa strives to advance and support equity in early childhood through the generation, dissemination, and application of meaningful research. The ECEI focuses on young children, birth through age 8, and the programs and policies that impact these young children and their families.
The Institute of Child Development, which serves approximately 50 children from the Norman and University communities, has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Working with children from 2–5 years old, the Institute meets a variety of strict standards, including providing activities appropriate for preschool children, having an adequate student-staff ratio, meeting stringent health and safety standards, and providing opportunities for parental involvement. The OU Institute of Child Development was in the first group of licensed child care facilities in the United States to be accredited.
The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal is a consortium of school-university-community partnerships committed to improving student achievement and democratic citizenship through authentic teaching, technology integration, and cooperative networking. The K20 Center proposes a model addressing the needs of children and families through interactive, action-oriented partnerships among schools, families, universities, and community and government agencies.
The Oklahoma Writing Project is devoted to improving the quality of writing in elementary and secondary schools. The program, which has professionally prepared more than a thousand educators and influenced tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers over the past forty years, is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (nwp.org). OKWP Teacher Consultants travel to schools throughout the state presenting workshops to help teachers improve students’ writing performance.
The Zarrow Institute on Transition and Self-Determination studies transition, self-determination, and post-secondary education of youth and adults with disabilities and those at risk for school failure. Masters and doctoral students who conduct research at the Zarrow Institute learn skills to become future educational leaders. Faculty and students disseminate their work through books, articles, teaching materials, classes, workshops, and professional presentations. An endowment from the Zarrow Family Foundation of Tulsa established the Zarrow Institute in 2000.
The John W. Renner Science Education Center’s mission is to continue to be at the forefront of science education research while preparing teachers and professionals for lasting scholarly work and personal development in order to improve upon science education.
The OU CLEC is an affiliate of the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education of the University Council for Educational Administration, a global association of faculty and research associates representing eight international university-based centers and institutes devoted to the support, promotion and dissemination of theory, research, and practice on values and leadership.
The Oklahoma Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project (OKDBTAP) provides technical assistance and training to children (birth to 21) who have both a hearing and vision impairment.
The Leadership and Policy Center for Thriving Schools and Communities (THRIVE) imagines schools and communities as social environments that nurture innate human vitality and agency. Our integrated work situates leadership preparation and development within the domains of social science and policy research. The purpose is to construct within communities theoretical, empirical, and practical knowledge relevant to leadership of social systems for the purpose of creating thriving schools and communities.
The Find Your Future Summer Education Camp is a program hosted by the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. This program is designed to recruit and prepare high school students from historically marginalized and/or underrepresented groups who are interested in becoming educators in order to address the critical shortage of educators from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in the state of Oklahoma and across the country.
TEACH to Transform furthers the mission of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education through its emphasis on increasing inclusion and culturally sustaining teaching. The college recognizes the need for diversifying the teaching profession and TEACH to Transform seeks to recruit, prepare, and retain pre-service teachers from historically underrepresented populations, first generation college students and pre-service teachers interested in culturally sustaining practices.
The University of Oklahoma Transformative Tutoring Initiative is a two-year pilot program providing select high school students with high-dosage math tutoring aimed at closing learning gaps. The program is made possible by a nearly $3 million gift from Randall and Lenise Stephenson. The gift funds both the tutoring implementation, which began in fall 2021, and research analysis of its results.