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

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School of Education Awarded $3.7M Department of Education Grant to Recruit Special Education Leaders

Syracuse University School of Education has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to prepare—along with two partner institutions—a new generation of leaders in special education, early intervention, and related services. Specifically, Project IMMERSE (Inclusive, Multicultural, Multilingual, Effective, and Responsive Special Education) aims...
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School of Education Faculty Publish “Lesson Study with Mathematics and Science Preservice Teachers”

Lesson Study with Mathematics and Science Preservice Teachers: Finding the Form (Routledge, 2023) is a new overview of the fundamentals of lesson study edited by Syracuse University School of Education Dean Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Professor Sharon Dotger, and Jen Heckathorn G’22, Director for Experiential Learning and Partnerships and an instructor in teacher education, along with Gabriel...
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National Science Foundation Renews Funding for Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program

Funding for operating the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) program has been renewed, permitting Syracuse University to continue leading a seven-institution initiative to broaden educational opportunities for students from underrepresented communities to study and pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award of $2.5...
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“I Don’t Put Limits on My Students”: Leonese Nelson Reflects on Two Decades Chairing STEP/CSTEP Conferences

The 2023 Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) spring conferences were bittersweet for Leonese Nelson. Once again, she worked 18-hour days to present two statewide showcases of student work, timed just a few weeks apart. But this year, she also announced that she is stepping down from...
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Spectrum News Features Clinical Simulations for Teacher Preparation

Syracuse University Preparing Teachers for Challenging Scenarios Through Simulations (Spectrum News | June 13, 2023) Every simulation brings Erika Schanbacher, a student taking part in a simulation, one step closer to her goal of becoming a science educator. “I didn’t realize that I wanted to go into education at all,” she said. “Specifically science educators...
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Professors Beth Myers and Mike Gill Publish “Creating Our Own Lives”

A new book edited by School of Education professors Michael Gill and Beth Myers gives voice to young adults with intellectual disability and their experiences of higher education. Creating Our Own Lives: College Students with Intellectual Disability (Minnesota, 2023) offers a powerful challenge to assumptions that intellectual disability is b met with protection or segregation....
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