University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Collaborations & Partnerships

“Collaborating and sharing ideas with experienced scholars; having ideas cultivated and contested through critical thinking – your voice becomes stronger when your most important principles are supported and challenged.”
– Chad Barnett

Collaborations & Partnerships

The School of Education is proud to be affiliated with many other collaborations and partnerships. These relationships strengthen the education our students receive while guiding teachers and students in nearby classrooms.

Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE)

Comprised of a group of faculty and professionals working on doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, IISE builds on the school's involvement in educational development projects and research all over the world. Through the institute, faculty and professionals from the U.S. and overseas pursue institutional focus on such areas as elementary and secondary education policy, planning, management and evaluation; higher education policy, planning, management and evaluation; curriculum reforms and textbook production; educational testing and assessment; participatory planning for educational renewal; teacher development through active learning; decision-oriented research; and distance education.

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Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC)

Since its founding in 1963, researchers at LRDC have sought to describe what learning is, where and how it happens best, how it can improve, and how research can help. LRDC scholars from several disciplines have contributed substantially to knowledge about human cognition, learning, and effective schooling and training. Research findings are applied, in collaboration with education practitioners and business and government enterprises, to the reform and improvement of instruction and training in schools and workplaces.

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Institute for Learning

Located at the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh, the IFL works closely with both researchers and educators to translate research findings into practical actions that teachers, administrators, schools, and districts can implement to help close the learning gap and promote high student achievement. The IFL functions as a bridge between the domains of research and practice, bringing educators the best of current knowledge, research, tools, and models related to instruction and district design.

For over 15 years, the Institute for Learning (IFL) has worked to improve the education and achievement of all students, especially those who are underserved.

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Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC)

For each particular grant or project, CEAC develops work groups of affiliates to consider the evaluation and assessment issues. Affiliates include faculty, graduate students, and evaluation practitioners who can add expertise and perspective to the work. Groups may be temporary (by project) or more permanent (by area of study, across numerous projects).
Affiliates of CEAC work together to merge technical, evaluative, research design, statistical, and theoretical expertise to best address practical issues. Clients benefit from our affordable evaluation and assessment alternatives, while affiliates benefit from professional development and a work-study experience.

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The Forum For Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents

The Western Pennsylvania Forum for School Superintendents has accomplished what no governmental or professional organization has. The forum facilitated a relationship among Western Pennsylvania school leaders that is unprecedented. These chief educational officers and school superintendents have examined important ideas together and with experts, learned from each other, confronted new challenges within a professional peer group, and shared their innermost thoughts in a safe and trustful environment.

Nonetheless, the world of public education has dramatically changed since the forum began. Public school choice, the Internet, No Child Left Behind, global competition, declining federal and state support for basic education, reauthorization of IDEA, a deteriorating social safety-net for children and families, and constraining state tax policies have and will continue to challenge even the best school leaders. This is further compounded by inexperience and, sometimes, poor preparation of school superintendents for leadership in these times.

As part of the forum's planning for its second decade of existence, the Department of Administration and Policy studies at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed current forum participants in regard to the value of the organization to these school leaders. These themes emerged.

The forum provides:
  • A focus for leadership: The Superintendent as Advocate for Children and Youth;
  • A network of school leaders who share a commitment to children and youth;
  • A venue in which to critically explore and examine necessary change;
  • A reinforcement of the value of integrity in school leadership;
  • A way to benchmark performance against other top school leaders;
  • A collaborative outlook on school leadership;
  • An insight into the equity of opportunity for all of our students;
  • A venue for professional development of the CEO as lead learner;
  • A collaborative relationship with university and other regional colleagues;
  • A perspective on preparing citizens to compete in a global marketplace;
  • An introduction to experts illuminating conceptual and challenging ideas.
Read more about the Western PA Forum for School Superintendents.