Centers and institutes
Centers and institutes

The School of Education sponsors a variety of centers and institutes that connect students and faculty to the field of practice.

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  • Center for School Community Collaboration mission is to prevent and reduce youth problems in Virginia by working with school and community leaders throughout the state. The guiding principle of the Center is that community-wide action based on collaboration and cooperation is essential to overcoming negative, destructive factors and to promoting healthy, resilient, productive youth.

  • Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is a non-traditional sport leadership graduate program that focuses on experiential learning through hands-on experiences. Offering both on campus and online paths to program completion, the CSL is committed to the education and preparation of future professionals in the sport industry.

  • The mission of the Center for Teacher Leadership is to promote and support teacher leadership in order to improve teaching and learning by advancing the concept of teachers as change agents; providing high-quality professional development to cultivate passionate, effective leaders; and sharing the knowledge, experience, and insight of teachers with policymakers and other stakeholders.

  • VCU Child Development Center enrolls university employees’ and students’ children from age 16 months to six years.

  • Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium is a partnership of VCU and eight Richmond Area school divisions working together to provide systematic, disciplined inquiry into public education. MERC provides a structure and process for conducting and disseminating applied research that will improve our educational system and enhance student learning. MERC also provides resources and technical capacities to conduct a range of program evaluations.

  • Partnership for People with Disabilities is a federally designated university center for excellence in developmental disabilities education, research, and service. The Partnership works with people with disabilities, their families, state and local agencies, and community providers to enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities.

    With the partnership, the Virginia Department of Education’s Training & Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at VCU offers a variety of services tailored to assist personnel working with students with disabilities in schools, interagency coordinating councils and state-operated programs within Superintendent’s Regions 1 and 8. T/TAC workshops and resources are also available for students within the VCU School of Education.

  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center serves as a center of national excellence dedicated to the employment and advancement of individuals with disabilities.

  • Autism Center for Excellence at VCU is a university-based technical assistance, professional development, and educational research center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCU-ACE is dedicated to improving services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and to the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and the community. VCU-ACE accomplishes this task through a rich array of training, technical assistance, research, collaboration, and statewide systems change initiatives.

  • The Literacy Institute, a partnership between the Virginia Literacy Foundation and VCU’s School of Education and Center for Public Policy, was formed in 2002 to ensure that Virginia’s public policy makers are kept aware of the problem of illiteracy in the Commonwealth and to directly combat that problem through research and development projects.  Read more

    A division of the The Literacy Institute at VCU, the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC) strengthens Virginia’s adult education and literacy system through professional development, resources, and collaborative projects. VALRC provides face-to-face and online trainings for Virginia adult education teachers and program staff; manages the GED® Virginia websiteand GED® Helpline; and supports the development and expansion of the PluggedInVA career pathways program for adults. The largest center of its type in the Commonwealth, VALRC provides services to all Virginia adult education and literacy programs and organizations that receive state funding.

    Excellence in Children’s Early Language and Literacy (ExCELL), formerly Northside Reading Foundations (NoRF), brings together families, early childhood educators, community resources, and early literacy specialists with the goal of ensuring that children receive the learning opportunities (at home, at preschool, and in the community) necessary to develop critical early language and literacy skills known to predict later reading success. Read more