Research and Sponsored Programs

Research Leading to Better Learning: Rutgers University GSE faculty value and conduct research that is collaborative and interdisciplinary, benefiting from the perspectives of our colleagues across the university community and of scholarly practitioners who work in varied educational settings. Listed below are the various research institutes and centers of excellence that the GSE employs in support of research and scholarship:

Integrating Arts and STEM

Sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, this professional-development program aims to improve teacher effectiveness by integrating Arts and STEM pedagogical practices.  The focus of the program is to promote Arts Education as an integral component of the curriculum, and to facilitate Arts integration with STEM curriculum through teacher professional development. Science, math, and technology teacher leaders from several New Jersey school districts in partnership with New Jersey teaching artists, and Rutgers faculty will engage in professional development designed to increase teacher effectiveness, facilitate creativity and innovation, and fulfill requirements of the New Jersey Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. The program is led by Primary Investigator on the grant, Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology; and Co-Primary Investigator Dr. Penelope Lattimer, Director of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement. Click the corresponding links to view the STEAM Consortium White Paper and Lessons.  Read the announcements here and here.

Upgrading Learning for Teachers in Real Analysis (ULTRA)

Upgrading Learning for Teachers in Real Analysis is an NSF-funded collaborative project to design, implement, and assess an innovative real analysis course for pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. More generally, this project introduces an alternative model to teaching advanced mathematics to current and future mathematics teachers, a model that more meaningfully connects the teaching of secondary mathematics to the advanced mathematics content. ULTRA was developed by Keith Weber and Juan Pablo Mejía Ramos of Rutgers GSE, Amy Cohen of Rutgers Department of Mathematics, Nick Wasserman of Teachers College at Columbia University, and Tim Fukawa-Connelly of Temple University.

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) in the Classroom

Associate Professor Beth C. Rubin is working with co-PI's Mayida Zaal (Montclair State University) and Jennifer Ayala (Saint Peter's College) on a design-based project to implement and analyze the impact of a youth participatory action research curriculum for social studies classrooms. The curriculum, designed by a team of faculty and high school teachers with support from the Overbrook Foundation, is being piloted in 15 New Jersey classrooms during the 2010/11 school year.

Verizon Thinkfinity Technology Training for Teachers

The Verizon Foundation has awarded Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education a $150,000 grant to help equip teachers with the tools and skills needed to prepare students for success in today's digital society.  The grant supports a certificate program called Educational Leaders of the 21st Century.  It consists of three online courses that will enable educators establish a foundation for using technology in a variety of educational settings.  The new program uses Verizon's net-based Thinkfinity (, and the first course will be available to teachers in January 2011.  Verizon Thinkfinity contains tens of thousands of free, engaging educational resources that make learning fun, including K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities and educational videos that can be found quickly and searched by grade level, keyword and subject.  Read the full press release here.  

Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic

Educators and policymakers across New Jersey and the region face critical questions: How can we improve students’ literacy achievement? How can we reduce high school dropout rates? How can we assist low-performing schools in meeting national targets? The GSE provides answers through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) in partnership with ICF International, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Mathematica Policy Research, Analytica, Chesapeake Research Associates, edCount, JDJAssociates Research and Consulting, and Phil Mackey Associates by developing research alliances with education stakeholders to conduct research to improve school practices. Led by ICF International, the team is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and serves New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Learn more.