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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7 Student Teams Win Prizes to Advance Their Intelligence++ Disability, Inclusion Innovations

Seven student-designed products, services, and technologies meant to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities won recognition and seed funding at the Intelligence++ Showcase on April 25, 2024. The showcase is the culmination of the two-semester Intelligence++ (DES 400/600) course taught by Don Carr, professor and Program Coordinator for Industrial and Interaction Design in the...
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The Mid-State Regional Partnership Center: Supporting Those Who Support Students with Disabilities 

Kayleigh Sandford and Stephanie Spicciati have worked so long and so closely together that they almost finish each other’s sentences. Central New York school districts are lucky to be able to tap their experience and skills, two members of a team of 12 who work for the Mid-State Regional Partnership Center (RPC), which provides support...
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InclusiveU 10th Anniversary Featured on Bridge Street, WAER Radio

Syracuse celebrates 10th anniversary of InclusiveU When it comes to inclusivity, Syracuse University is known all over the world as a leader in disability and higher education. InclusiveU is a program at SU that helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities get a fully inclusive college experience. This program offers real opportunities for these students...
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Addressing Belonging Among Neurodiverse Students, “Dialog” Wins No Code Design Sprint 

Dialog, an application to increase a sense of belonging on campus for student with disabilities, won the fast-paced, seven-day No Code Design Sprint, hosted by Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), and School of Education (SOE), in partnership with Intelligence++.   The final round—a pitch competition—was held in the Whitman...
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Smithers, and Planes, and Bears—Oh My! Reflecting on a Clinical Simulation with EDU 304

“Don’t poke the bear!” Professor Ben Dotger tells his class. EDU 304: The Study of Teaching is meeting in Huntington Hall 070B for group reflection on its final clinical simulation of the fall 2023 semester. It’s a basement classroom, it’s a dull winter morning, and it’s not yet 8:30 a.m. But Professor Dotger’s exhortation has...
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InclusiveU Student Sam Clark ’24 Brings His Dreams to Life Through Los Angeles Immersion Experiences

Sam Clark ’24 has known since he was 9 years old that he wanted to be a film director when he grew up. After a family trip to Egypt where his dad took hours and hours of video, Clark found himself enthralled by the footage and the ability to tell stories through film. When it...
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