The Center for Educational Policy and Practice serves as a forum for the examination of educational trends and best practices and policies affecting pre-K-16 education in public, private, and parochial schools regionally and nationally.
Ongoing research and assessment, specialized programming, and conferences bring together CNR faculty, teachers, and other education professionals for critical and creative dialogue, in order to improve and promote standards of excellence relative to educational preparation and practice. The Center also furthers the College’s commitment to the essential role of the liberal arts in the preparation of teachers.
CNR is an emerging leader in the field of education by helping to identify and directly address some of the most pressing issues impacting the development and delivery of pre-K-16 school programs. These include:
- the adequate preparation of teachers, especially in the areas of mathematics and the liberal arts;
- the need to engage in more holistic approaches for the professional development of faculty and teachers;
- and system-wide improvements of student outcomes.
The Center fosters collaboration and collegiality among CNR faculty and generates the development of new and interdisciplinary curricula designed to prepare teacher education students to meet the challenges of today’s complex multicultural environment.
Two specific initiatives are underway:
Assisting public, private, and parochial school personnel in conducting assessments of their specific needs and in providing quality education to students
- Establishing Quality Review Teams composed of CNR faculty and external educators who have specific expertise to assist regional, high-need schools.
Impacting educational policy and practice through advocacy and by participating in research at national, state, and local levels
- Creating a Mentor Program to link educational leaders and teachers who have experience and success in implementing programs to improve underperforming schools.
- Increasing the visibility and impact of the Center through advocacy and research; writing letters and op-ed pieces relative to important current educational issues, including standards, quality assessments, and best practices.
- Conducting presentations in specific areas of interest to regional educational groups.
- Visiting two centers which have implemented successful practices: Cornell & Tompkins-Schemung-Tioga “Professional Day,” and Yale University’s program with New Haven Public Schools, “Strengthening Teaching & Learning through School/University Partnerships.”