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Institutes & Centers

Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute 

The Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute strives to enhance real-world learning experiences for students while addressing community needs. The ACES Institute provides support and resources to faculty and staff to promote well-designed service learning opportunities to help students become the change agents of tomorrow. In addition, the Institute will conduct regular research and evaluation as part of its commitment to implementing evidence-based programs that will fulfill the educational and health needs of the community.

Faculty and Staff
Schwartz, Dr. Jonathan: Co-Executive Director, Professor & Associate Dean
McClellan, Dr. Anne: Co-Executive Director & Professor
Fard, Sarah: Program Director

All Kids Alliance (AKA)

All Kids Alliance is dedicated to building “systems” that will improve education for our children and youth. We are the “hub” in a “hub-and-spokes” organization. Our “spokes” are regional partners around Greater Houston that use our framework to plan and execute improvement strategies. We build capacity around the elements of the framework one region at a time across Greater Houston. It starts with convening a multi-stakeholder leadership group that targets points of urgency to begin working for academic improvement for its children.

Faculty and Staff
Wimpelberg, Dr. Robert K.: Professor & Director AKA
Wirt, Candice: Director of Communications AKA

Asian American Studies Center

The AASC is an interdisciplinary academic center, dedicated to the study of Asian and Asian Americans in the United States and abroad. It explores either/or social, historical, educational, economic, political and linguistic characteristics and development of Asian American Culture. Its mission is to generate knowledge, increase awareness and foster appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience in the United States and abroad, and to provide faculty, students and community members with rich opportunities to learn about Asian and Asian American cultures.

Faculty and Staff
Zou, Dr. Yali: Professor & Director 
Gonzales, Elizabeth: Executive Secretary

Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline® (CMCD)

The Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline (CMCD) program combines instructional effectiveness through consistency in classroom organization by the teacher with student self-discipline developed cooperatively in the classroom. The CMCD program is designed to give you and the faculty a plan to improve the quality of instruction and the learning environment, to produce a cooperative, caring, and safe place for children and educators to work and learn.

Freiberg, Dr. H. Jerome: Moores Professor & Director

The Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE)

CREATE is a multi-system educational research consortium focusing on issues of teacher preparation and teacher quality.  CREATE is comprised of 56 teacher education institutions across Texas.  The mission of CREATE is to improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher preparation programs in Texas universities through research and development that focuses on teacher education practices and the effects of these practices on public school improvement.  CREATE has received generous funding from a variety of sources, including the Houston Endowment, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, and The Meadows Foundation.

Catherine Horn: Professor & Director

Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC)

The Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC) is a consortium of over 30 Houston-area school systems with the University of Houston and its College of Education. HATC is the oldest and largest teacher center in the nation, initiated in 1970. The Center is a forum for the College and area school systems to work through issues of common concern such as teacher supply and demand, job placement, and protocols for the placement of student teachers and professional development schools.

Thompson, Dr. Amber: Clinical Assistant Professor & Director

Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE)

The Institute for Education Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE) at the University of Houston’s College of Education is a group of scholars and educational decision makers focused on improving P-20 education. IEPRE engages in evaluation of P-20 educational policy initiatives and translates research into evidence-based practice for decision makers, paying particular attention to the needs of historically underserved populations.  Through its research, policy evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practice, IEPRE hopes to improve educational quality and student success from preschool through college.

Horn, Dr. Catherine: Professor & Director

Institute for Urban Education

The Institute for Urban Education works to link the community with vital urban education initiatives. Through a variety of forums, The Institute provides research, instruction, and services to improve education in urban areas and foster collaborative educational efforts.

Dr. Jacqueline Hawkins: Associate Professor and Director

National Center for Student Success

The National Center for Student Success (NCSS) is a multidisciplinary research institute authorized by the University of Houston's Research Council and the University of Houston's Vice President for Research. The Center focuses on creating an empirically and theoretically-anchored knowledge base regarding Hispanic and African American students from PreK-12 through the attainment of an undergraduate degree. The Center is intended to address the need for a scientifically-driven database on Hispanics and African Americans statewide, as well as nationally, and the need for more longitudinal studies that track minority students throughout their elementary, middle and high school enrollment and on to their undergraduate participation in a post-secondary institution. The mission of the Center is not only to generate quantitative and qualitative empirical investigations that will lead to the identification of factors and processes underlying student adjustment, academic performance, retention and, ultimately, educational success but it will also serve as a research center aimed at informing practice and policy for educational institutions throughout the educational pipeline.

Horn, Dr. Catherine: Professor & Director
Wimpelberg, Dr. Robert K.: Professor