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The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) is dedicated to fostering open, equitable, and democratic societies through higher education. Located within the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, AHEAD conducts original research and applies a multidisciplinary, research-based approach to address the most pressing issues regarding the societal contributions of higher education in the United States and the world. AHEAD also draws on research to improve institutional practice and public policy by offering technical assistance and professional development activities in the U.S. and around the globe.
The Center for Collaboration, Computation, Complexity, and Creativity in the Learning Sciences (C4LS) investigates learning inside and outside of schools and online communities. C4LS researchers develop innovative models for STEM education, professional and curriculum development with teachers, and afterschool learning with Lilypad Arduino electronic textiles, programmable Scratch games and Starlogo simulations, and augmented reality devices in science centers.
The Center on Minority Serving Institutions at Penn serves as a repository for research, data, best practices, emerging innovations and ideas on and within MSIs. With support from our sponsors, the Center on MSIs supports funders, researchers, policymakers, MSIs and scholars to promote the strengths and address challenges facing these institutions.
Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy examines the severity of social and educational problems and the effectiveness of ameliorative programs.
The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education unites scholars from Penn GSE and other academic disciplines across the University who do research on race, racism, campus climates, and topics pertaining to equity in education. Principally, the Center aims to publish cutting-edge implications for education policy and practice.
The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) examines how college- and career-ready standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation. C-SAIL comprises a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, and American Institutes for Research. The Center is funded through a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
A joint effort of the graduate schools of education at Penn, Columbia-Teachers College, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, Northwestern, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Focuses on school reform, governance, policy, and finance.
Founded in the mid-1980s, the Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE) is a university-wide research institute that conducts research relevant to policymakers and educational practitioners.
National Center on Adult Literacy / International Literacy Institute is devoted to applied R&D and policy on issues of literacy across the life span, on regional, national and international basis.
The Penn Child Research Center promotes the educational and psychological well being of children through the application of informed social and scientific policy.
The Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) is a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods.