SOE Centers and Institutes
The Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS) was launched in January 2018. CPRS is engaged in multi-disciplinary approaches to improve equitable student postsecondary opportunity-with implications for practice, research and policy development. CPRS is committed to elevating the voices of the most vulnerable and underserved communities.
CPRS objectives and goals:
- Ensure that every student has access to a school counselor
- Identify a common set of practitioner competencies needed to effectively guide and support students on their postsecondary path
- Dissect school and community-based factors that influence and contribute to the current gaps and barriers for postsecondary attainment
- Identify and dismantle school-based systems, policies, and practices that hinder equitable postsecondary opportunities
- Reimagine, reframe, and conduct interdisciplinary research to unpack effective counseling practices that support equitable student postsecondary exploration, and planning
- Publish practitioner, family, and student friendly reports to disseminate knowledge, provide tools and increase exposure to foster replication of evidence based practices
The Institute for Innovation in Education (IIE) takes an interdisciplinary approach in its pursuit of conducting educational and translational research and administering research-informed professional development initiatives with the goal of improving teaching and learning in Washington, DC, and beyond. IIE researchers study educational policies and practices using a wide-ranging set of methodological and analytical approaches to the study of educational policies and practices broadly. The complex contexts of learners, schools, and communities call for cross-disciplinary research by investigators from varied backgrounds with a scientific understanding of the processes, policies, and practices in education.
Education-Focused Dual Enrollment Program
The SOE Dual Enrollment program is a partnership between American University, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Friendship Charter Schools. The program is designed with the intent of exposing high school students to both the university milieu and college coursework in the field of education. The ultimate goal of the program is to recruit, retain and graduate local DC students to major in education, and eventually return to DC as credentialed teachers and/or educators.
Graduate Program Partnerships
The School of Education partners with local, regional and national organizations in order to increase access to higher education. These partnerships offer tuition scholarships for partner members and are designed for students who want to make a lasting positive difference in the lives of children and engage in transformative education policy and practice. Current partners include: Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, City Year Alumni University Partnership, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program with Peace Corps.
American University Panamá Bilingüe Program
The School of Education hosts the American University Panamá Bilingüe Program. Panamá Bilingüe is a partnership with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Panamá. Panamanian English teachers enroll in a two-month intensive course at American University in English language development, language teaching, and bilingual methodology, working to achieve the goal of increasing bilingualism countrywide.
Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ)
The Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ, pronounced “seej”) provides professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities. The Institute’s workshops, conducted by experts in the field, focus on educational, legal, and health implications for young people of color. Sessions are designed to change both mindsets and practices. The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live.