Centers in the School of Education work toward education and community access for all, innovative teaching and learning, and cutting-edge research across our signature strengths.

Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development (CAASD)

McNair scholars at a university receptionThe Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development houses seven Academic Opportunity programs that serve all Syracuse University students, as well as students in local K-12 public schools.

Center for Experiential Pedagogy and Practice

The Center for Experiential Pedagogy and Practice (CEPP) engages faculty and students in basic and applied research and design initiatives across Syracuse University and beyond to advance experiential teaching, learning, and professional development for educators, counselors, school leaders, and others. Our work rests on one foundational principle: immersive experiences advance learners’ preparation for complex professions.

Center on Disability and Inclusion (CDI)

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The Center on Disability and Inclusion (CDI) at Syracuse University is a disability-related research center that works to develop and implement initiatives promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society—both locally and globally.

CDI units include:

News from Our Centers

Thomas Wilson Unsung Hero 2023

InclusiveU Student and Journalist Thomas Wilson Is a 2023 Unsung Hero

The 38th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee has announced the 2023 Unsung Hero Award winners. Joining InclusiveU student Thomas J. Wilson are Syracuse University staff member Nichole Henry, student Candice Ogbu, community activist Oceanna Fair, and high school students Trinity Brumfield and Camille Ogden. The Unsung Hero Award is given...
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InclusiveU Director Brianna Shults Discusses SCSD Partnership with Urban CNY

Special Education Students Experience College—and Independence—through SCSD and SU Partnerships (Urban CNY | Dec. 17, 2022) Each morning last year, Emilio Smith got on the bus at his house and was dropped off on the Syracuse University campus. There, his SU mentor met him, and he began his day. Emilio, a 2022 Corcoran graduate and...
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HEOP/SSS: Setting Up First-Generation College Students for Success

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This ancient proverb has been used by everyone from teachers to elected officials to describe the important role a community plays in creating a safe, healthy environment where children can grow and thrive while realizing their hopes and dreams. Though they are not children and their needs...
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Through Intelligence++, Domenic Gallo ’24 Reimagines Augmentative and Alternative Communication Tech to Empower Individuals with Speech Disabilities

“I have always been drawn to creative problems, yet I have always solved those problems in technical ways. I am very left-brained. But people need to know being left-brained can be just as creative as being right-brained. In fact, if you are forced to pick the perspective of just one side, you lose the overlap...
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Rev. Terrance Antwon King: Breaking Down Barriers with Inclusive Education

At her confirmation hearing, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke about perseverance—a theme that resonates with the Rev. Terrance Antwon King, a graduate student passionate about working with students with disabilities. King recently completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in special education and is finishing his work on a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership through...
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Sara Jo Soldovieri ’18, G’19 Contributes to “Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom” Documentary

Disability advocate and Syracuse University School of Education doctoral student Sara Jo Soldovieri ’18, G’19, has contributed to a new, award-winning documentary that follows a couple’s journey as they look to secure inclusive education for their disabled son. Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom (Cinema Libre Studio) is directed by Olivier Bernier. He turns...
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