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. 

John Q. Easton to Speak at Center Colloquium on April 25

The Center for Urban Education at CSU will host a special research colloquium on Thursday, April 25 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the first floor atrium of Mather Mansion on CSU’s campus with Dr. John Q. Easton. Please join us for a presentation and discussion entitled “From Last to Leader: How Building Partnerships between Education Researchers and Educators Helped Chicago Schools.” Dr. Easton is a Senior Fellow at the UChicago Consortium, a research-practice partnership between the University of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools. Prior, Dr. Easton served as Vice President of Programs at the Spencer Foundation where he developed and led a new grant program for research-practitioner partnerships. From June of 2009 through August 2014, he was Director of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to his government service, Easton was Executive Director of the UChicago Consortium. Dr. Easton will describe his experiences working in and with research-practice partnerships as both a researcher and as a funder.  He will discuss the history and development of the "on-track to graduate" indicator at the UChicago Consortium and how it came to influence practice and policy in Chicago Public Schools. He will compare this use of evidence and research to other approaches. The Center colloquium series is intended to foster conversation about research in urban education and showcase the work of CSU faculty and students. CSU faculty, staff, students, and community members outside of CSU are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by clicking here

Center Collaboration with Cleveland Schools Spotlighted by U.S. Department of Education

A video of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences features the work of the Center and the Cleveland Alliance for Education Research and highlights how administrators in Cleveland Metropolitan School District are using resources from the What Works Clearinghouse, or WWC, to support school principals and help them make informed decisions about programming. The WWC provides educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers the information they need to answer the question, “What Works in Education? Laura Fogarty, Research Policy Fellow in the Center, led the development of the report card system described in the video. 

Center Staff Publish Study of School Climate

Center for Urban Education staff, led by Steven Sanders and including Laura Fogarty, Regina Giraldo-García, and Adam Voight, published a study in the journal School Psychology International entitled "Does a Rising Climate Lift all Boats? Differential Associations of Perceived Climate and Achievement for Students with Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency." Using data from approximately 26,000 students in an urban district, the study found that students who perceive their schools to be safer and more supportive peform better on tests of math and reading. This corroborated previous research on school climate and achievement. A novel finding was that the association between climate and achievement is stronger for students with disabilities at all levels of schooling compared to students without disabilities. This suggests that a positive school climate may mitigate well-documented achievement gaps based on disability. A similar moderating effect was detected for English language learners but only for reading achievement at the high school level. The full study can be found here

Center Releases Report on Greater Cleveland K-12 School Performance

The Center for Urban Education released a report of the performance of Greater Cleveland Public and Charter Schools, in Context, 2017-18. Based on a methodology used in a prior Center report on the progress of the Cleveland Plan that was featured in the 2017 State of the Schools address by Eric Gordon, superintendent of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, this new report adjusts schools' Performance Index scores based on student and school demographics.