The School of Education is home to more than a dozen centers, institutes, external partnerships, and research initiatives.
Explore how we are shaping education and health — both in Pittsburgh and all over the world.
Our Centers & Institutes
Center for Urban Education
Pursuing education transformation toward freedom and community-building
Office of Child Development
Giving children and families the resources needed to thrive
International Studies in Education
Advancing scholarship in comparative, international, and development education
Our Projects & Initiatives
Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity
Services for organizations involved with children and youth
Community Leisure Learn
Offering youth and adult programs in health and physical activity
Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents
Membership organization for superintendents across southwestern PA
Gym membership and fitness classes on Pitt's upper campus
Justice Scholars Institute
College prep and enrichment for high school students from Pittsburgh Public Schools
Kinloch Commons for Critical Pedagogy and Leadership
Connector and a hub for people pursuing freedom study and praxis
Maximizing All Potentials
Promotes mental health and avoidance of drugs and alcohol among youth
PittEd Justice Collective
Effort to engage the entire school community in anti-racist, justice-directed initiatives
Practices of Freedom
Creating a new teacher education training model that centers Black knowledge traditions
Rural and Community-Based Education
Building networks and partnerships, expanding knowledge, and advancing practice that center rural communities
Tri-State Area School Study Council
Membership group for over 100 school districts across Western Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
Focused on improving literacy among students and teachers
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a consortium of over 100 schools of education across the United States and Canada committed to improving the doctorate in education (EdD) degree.
Professor Jill Perry is Executive Director of CPED.
The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is an academic association with more than 3,000 members from over 105 countries around the world.
Professor M. Najeeb Shafiq is the Executive Director of CIES.
The Council for the Study of Community Colleges is a national organization of university-based researchers and community college practitioners who further scholarship for community colleges.
Interim Dean Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Executive Director of CSCC.
The Community Engagement Centers at the University of Pittsburgh create welcoming spaces in Pittsburgh neighborhoods where the community can access the university’s resources. Centers exist in the neighborhoods of Homewood and the Hill District. We seek to be a strong community partner by being an asset to the community, doing work that is mutually beneficial, and making the commitment to build strong partnerships over time.
The Institute for Learning helps educators bring what research tells us about teaching and learning into classrooms to help students grow their intelligence and reach the high standards demanded by today’s colleges and workforce.
The multidisciplinary Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) allows scientists to study learning in its cognitive, neural, social, and organizational aspects.
Remake Learning Pittsburgh is a network of people and organizations aiming to spark learning practices for young people that are engaging, relevant, and equitable in our era of rapid social and technological change. The organization includes academics, artists, educators, technologists, and parents who are working together to think differently about 21st century teaching and learning.
The MuseumLab is a place for older kids (ages 10+) to work with makers to create everything from woodworking, to art, to software. The MuseumLab is located at the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny in the Northside, which is located next to the Children’s Museum in the Northside neighborhood. We are an active partner in the project, as students in our graduate program and faculty researchers are exploring the impact of learning through the informal, out-of-school environment of the maker lab space.
The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) is a University-wide matrix organization that encompasses centers for area studies and centers on topical specializations in international studies. It coordinates international education curricula and provides support services such as the Study Abroad Office.
Environmental Justice Pathway: Empowering Students Through Relevant and Agentic Data Science Lessons is a project that seeks to provide teachers nationwide with actionable lessons for the K-8 classroom.
Funded by the Grable Foundation, it is part of a research-practice partnership involving the Pitt School of Education and others.
The goal of Grappling with AI, Education, and Our Speculative Futures is to engage educators and students within the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, in critical discourse about the purpose of education, and technology’s role within it.
Justice-Focused Computational Thinking Pathways for Middle School English Language Arts is a project that seeks to infuse computer science principles into middle school English Language Arts classrooms.