Research Centers and Projects

Our faculty and students conduct leading-edge research on how people learn and how to teach in the 21st century contexts in order to improve and transform educational practices. Our current research focuses on four cross-cutting themes:

• Innovations in learning with technology;
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning and teaching;
• Language, literacies, and TESOL; and
• Teacher learning and school improvement.

Over the past five years, our faculty members have obtained over $6 million grants from NSF, IES, Spencer, NYS Department of Education, and so forth to support various research endeavors. The quality and impact of these research projects are leveraged through cross-disciplinary collaboration and partnerships among educational researchers, school practitioners, and policy-makers.

Technology-Enhanced Multimodal Instruction in Science and Math for English Language Learners Project (MOP)

The Technology-Enhanced Multimodal Instruction in Science and Math for English Language Learners Project is an innovative program of professional development centered on data-driven strategies for instructing English Language Learners (ELLs) in the academic content areas, specifically science and mathematics via technology-enhanced classroom communication. The rationale for this project is that technology-enhanced instruction in STEM subjects offers multiple modes of communication (speech, text, picture, graph, symbol, gesture) that teachers can strategically draw upon to support and improve ELLs' high school learning by providing them with access to linguistically rich instructional contexts in which to meaningfully and naturalistically use and become exposed to the English language.

Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA)

Since 1987, the Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA) has been conducting research dedicated to gaining knowledge to improve students' English and literacy achievement. The Center’s research and development activities, conducted in schools across America, seek to learn what elements of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are essential to developing high literacy and how schools can best help students achieve success. CELA provides that information (through print and online resources) to teachers, schools, and communities so that they can choose the approaches that will work with their students. Studies are planned to provide definitive information about what works, for whom, and under what conditions.
School of Education
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-5026
Fax: (518) 442-5933
Associate Director: Janet Angelis

Capital District Writing Project (CDWP)

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a network of more than 200 sites in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NWP, founded in 1975, is dedicated to the improvement of writing, teaching and learning in the nation's schools and founded on the principle that teachers sharing knowledge, expertise, and leadership are crucial to ongoing efforts to improve education. Directed by Robert Yagelski, Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice, and Carol Forman-Pemberton, the Capital District Writing Project (CDWP) brings together teachers to write, study teaching and learning, and create professional opportunities for teachers to work toward improving writing instruction in local schools. CDWP offers inservice programs to help schools and districts in the Capital District improve writing, teaching, and learning; an invitational four-week summer institute for selected K-12 teachers; special workshops and institutes for teachers on topics related to teaching writing; and related opportunities to support the professional development of teachers.
School of Education
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-5002
Director: Dr. Robert Yagelski