Centers, Outreach & Professional Development

Centers & Partnerships

Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

The Carolina Center for Educational Excellence provides workshops, seminars, Internet-supported demonstrations, graduate classes and other opportunities for study to improve learning environments for students in pre-school through 12th grade, university students and the professionals who support them. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the CCEE facility includes flexible classroom space, ample room for seminars and conferences, a NASA-supported science and mathematics teaching laboratory and a school counseling and psychology clinic.

Evaluation, Assessment and Policy Connections (EvAP)

EvAP is an evaluation unit that conducts evaluations and provides training and technical assistance in evaluation, assessment and strategic planning to educational, community and service organizations across the United States. The mission of EvAP is to build the evaluation capacity and effectiveness of public, nonprofit and private organizations in order to meet the challenges of developing and sustaining successful programs. EvAP specializes in training evaluators and conducting program evaluations and is committed to sharing evaluation expertise, instruments and processes while serving as an evaluation training center for School of Education students and the broader education and service communities.

LEARN NC

LEARN NC is a statewide network of educators using the power of the Internet to improve K–12 education in North Carolina. LEARN NC’s website offers a wide array of resources for K–12 classroom instruction and teacher professional development, all tied to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. All of LEARN NC’s resources, except for online courses, are free and available to educators, parents and other interested persons.

National Research Center on Rural Education Support (NRCRES)

Established in 2004 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NRCRES is working to improve teaching, learning and student achievement in rural schools nationwide. A team of 20 researchers is conducting research studies focused on issues that face children as they begin their education, issues that face students during the transition to early adolescence and the role that distance education can play in rural schools.

Research Triangle Schools Partnership (RTSP)

The Research Triangle Schools Partnership is a collaboration of the School of Education and four neighboring school districts: Chatham County, Durham Public, Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools. The partnership is dedicated to improving schools and enhancing learning opportunities for all children. RTSP engages pre-K-12 public school faculty and administrators, parents, university faculty, staff and students in a wide variety of collaborative activities, such as student transition programs, teacher discussion circles and parent engagement activities.

In addition, although RTSP supports a limited number of specific partnerships, the initiative has also compiled a more comprehensive list of school and community partners from across the School of Education. It includes fieldwork being conducted by faculty and staff in a variety of settings. Please click here to access the 2010-11 version of this database, which is organized by both district and type of activity or research.

Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education supports campus-based literacy programs throughout the United States. SCALE provides technical assistance to literacy programs through on-site training and resources. In addition, SCALE annually hosts a national conference for college literacy programs and their community partners, building a network among their leaders. Other SCALE activities include the N.C. LiteracyCorps Project which placess AmeriCorps members in literacy programs, the America Reads program which places college student tutors with elementary school children and the Collaborative Leadership for Community Literacy Project which develops the leadership skills of those supervising N.C. LiteracyCorps members.