Research Centers & Projects
- Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
A generous gift from Graduate School of Education alumna Jean Alberti (Ph.D. ’70, Educational Psychology) established the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention in 2011. The mission of the center is to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes, and behaviors of educators, parents, students, and society. The center will be a national resource on the prevention of bullying and other antisocial behaviors among school children, as well as provide research and information that address these behaviors.
- The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps
The Anatomy of Achievement Gaps project offers a critical analysis of underachievement problems in American P-16 education from the perspectives of excellence, equity, accountability and globality. Through multilevel and longitudinal analyses of U.S. national and international datasets, the project provides new evidence on the status and trends of achievement gaps, causes of these gaps, and the effects of policy interventions. It explains why and how American education is losing (but can still win) the war on underachievement.
- Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education (CCGSE)
The Graduate School of Education has several programs, centers, institutes, and scholarly initiatives for students and visiting scholars wishing to study education in its international, comparative, and global contexts. The most internationally and comparatively focused are the general master's and the Ph.D. in the social foundations of education with concentrations in comparative and global studies in education. These programs are housed within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. The department also offers a general master's, as well as the Ph.D. and the Ed.D. in educational administration, and the Ph.D. in higher education, as well as the master's and Ph.D. in social foundations with concentrations in the sociology or history of education. Many of the international students—or U.S. students with international interests—take these degree programs, but buttressed with courses from the international/comparative/global program.
- Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE)
As one of the UB's thirteen professional schools, the Graduate School of Education has faculty and staff dedicated to offering a variety of learning experiences, grounded in research and practice for the lifelong learner. The Center for Continuing and Professional Education extends our reach beyond the traditional classroom and invites you to join us in our discussion of the latest topics in teaching, educational administration, counseling, and information science. Courses are offered on-site, as well as online.
- Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction (CLaRI)
The Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction has been serving children and teachers in Western New York since 1963. Through research, instruction, and professional development, our goal is to create success for children who are struggling to read or write. We support children, their parents, and their teachers through evaluation, instruction, and planning for reading and writing using traditional print-based literacies and newer digital literacies. Our research focuses on issues of cultural diversity and equity, multiliteracies and multimodality, and teacher education and professional development. Numerous projects and initiatives are carried out through the Center for Reading and Literacy Instruction at the UB campus. We also have several off-campus sites in collaboration with local schools where we conduct research and professional development.
- Center on Rehabilitation Synergy (CRS)
The Center on Rehabilitation Synergy is designed to address the broad range of organizational development (OD) and human resource development (HRD) needs shared by rehabilitation organizations, agencies, individual programs and other entities throughout the country. Begun in October 2004, CRS is the umbrella organization for a variety of OD, HRD initiatives, projects, and activities. CRS is designed to offer a broad range of services that focus on improving the skills of rehabilitation personnel, advocates and consumers; and increasing the capacity to provide effective rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. In close partnership with national, state, and local entities, CRS promotes the expansion of meaningful employment outcomes, consumer choice and control, and increased independence for individuals with significant disabilities.
- City Voices, City Visions (CVCV)
The City Voices, City Visions project, a partnership between UB and the Buffalo Public Schools, provides teachers in grades 6-12 with innovative approaches to integrating digital video arts and communication technologies into the curriculum to better enable students to achieve challenging academic standards. Thus far, more than 100 teachers have received professional development, and their students are producing videos on a wide range of subjects, from social studies and science concepts to book trailers for novels. This unique project, sponsored by the John R. Oishei Foundation, aims to increase student achievement.
- English Language Institute (ELI)
The English Language Institute, founded in 1971, offers English language instruction, cultural orientation, and preacademic training to international students, scholars, and professionals on an intensive, as well as on a per-course basis.
- Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC)
The ECRC preschool is one of the few preschool programs in the country to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center conducts cutting edge research exploring the development of cognition, language, social/emotional connections, physical skills, and perception in the first few years of life.
- Gifted Math Program (GMP)
The mission of GMP is to challenge able students in the same way that standard school curricula challenge average and above average students. The emphasis is not on the development of professional mathematicians, but rather on providing strong mathematical background for students who may pursue future university work in mathematics, other sciences, or the humanities.
- Mixed Methods Working Group
The Mixed Methods Working Group was comprised of a small group of senior scholars and foundation officers who use or support the use of multiple methods in education research. Funded by the Spencer Foundation, the project examined the ways in which mixed methods can be thoughtfully and rigorously employed in the service of research on broad and enduring questions in education. The group produced two documents that contribute to an important and timely conversation on methods and education research, including the complexities of actually engaging this increasingly popular research form.
- MusicPlay for Infants and Toddlers
Musical sounds surround a child, even before the moment of birth. Whether a child is listening to music, singing a song, or moving creatively to the sounds around them, music is a vital part of a child’s life. Young children often create music as a part of their play experiences, thus sustaining imagination and creativity. Furthermore, music enables children to express feelings and release energies and emotions in new and novel ways.
- Neurocognition Science Laboratory (NCSL)
The University at Buffalo's Neurocognition Science Laboratory (UB NCSL) is a world-class research facility designed to investigate the massive changes in brain and behavior during learning, across the lifespan. Research associates conduct studies using tools from neuroscience, psychology, education and computer science. NCSL truly stands at the cutting edge of research, integrating electroencephalogram (EEG), eye/head-tracking, virtual reality (VR), and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).
- New Literacies Group (NLG)
The mission of NLG is the advancement of knowledge about and innovative uses of multimodal literacies in the context of an increasingly diverse society.
- Satsanga Center for Wellness and Positive Psychology
The Satsanga Center for Wellness and Positive Psychology is dedicated to research that helps those who struggle with eating, the experience of their body, and, for some, eating disorders. The website is here to share with others some of the work and to encourage all to continue to work toward wellness, connectedness, and the authentic experience of self.
- Summer Music Education Institute
UB Summer Music Education Institute offers tools you need to be an extraordinary music educator! We have a variety of offerings for teachers and professionals, as well as for graduate students. Come for a great summer of learning at UB. Don't miss out on an excellent opportunity to learn and network with new colleagues who share a similar passion for teaching music.
- Teacher Education Institute (TEI)
The Teacher Education Institute offers the university's initial teacher certification program at the post-baccalaureate level and is dedicated to preparing qualified, committed, and caring teachers who can work effectively with students from various cultures with a wide variety of abilities and needs. TEI coordinates the coursework, field experiences, and student teaching required for New York State initial teacher certification. In addition to providing the professional knowledge and instructional strategies essential to teaching, TEI collaborates with numerous school districts and teachers to prepare preservice teachers to be problem solvers and critical thinkers who strive to self-reflect and improve their teaching.
- Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center, Region 2 (TACE)
The mission of TACE, formally known as RCEP II, is to offer consultation, technical assistance, staff development, choice of existing/developed training, and individualized training for agencies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The vision of the center is to create a seamless collaborative system that offers flexible, responsive, and accountable human resource development and systems change to state vocational rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, centers for independent living, client assistance programs, and Native American rehabilitation programs in Region 2, which will improve competitive employment outcomes and increase community inclusion for individuals with severe disabilities.