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. Center announcements can be found below, and additional information about the Center can be found on the left sidebar menu. 

Research Colloquium on Thursday, April 13

The Center for Urban Education at CSU will host its next research colloquium on Thursday, April 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., entitled “Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in Schools.” Presenters include Dr. Sue Bazyk, Professor of Occupational Therapy at CSU and Dr. Shereen Naser, Assistant Professor of Psychology at CSU. Dr. Bazyk will discuss her initiative Every Moment Counts, implemented in schools across the country, which involves embedding mental health promotion strategies throughout the school day. Dr. Naser will discuss universal screening for early identification of student behavioral and emotional risk, as well as her innovative work involving social and emotional learning in schools with an emphasis on helping children gain agency by empowering them to engage in social change. The colloquium will be held in room 225 of the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions on CSU Campus. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

The Center colloquium series is intended to foster conversation about research in urban education and provide an opportunity for CSU faculty and students to present their research. CSU faculty, staff, students, and community members outside of CSU are encouraged to attend. Please contact Dr. Regina Giraldo-Garcia at with questions. 

Center Awarded Research Grant from National Institute of Justice

The Center for Urban Education, as part of a research consortium led by Vanderbilt University, was awarded a $5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice for a five-year study of the impact of social contexts on urban youths' well-being and success. The study, entitled the "Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Well-Being," will combine data from educational, other public, and nonprofit agencies to examine how factors like neighborhood crime, residential instability, and school climate affect urban youths' learning and behavior. Dr. Maury Nation, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University, is the study principal investigator, and Dr. Adam Voight, Director of the Center for Urban Education, is one of five co-investigators. The project began on January 1, 2017.   

Center Publishes Evaluation Report of Tutoring Initiative in Youngstown

Adam Voight, the Director of the Center for Urban Education, and Tamara Coats, Research Assistant in the Center for Urban Education, were authors of a report of the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) that describes the outcomes of a reading tutoring program in Youngstown, Ohio. The program was a partnership between Youngstown City School District (YCSD) and Youngstown State University (YSU) and matched YCSD 3rd grade students with YSU undergraduate teacher candidates. The report shows that the program was generally effective in improving the reading standardized test scores of 3rd grade students. The full report can be found here