» Centers & Partnerships

The educational research centers and programs at Chapman strive to improve educational experiences and enhance academic achievement. The Attallah College of Educational Studies research projects encourage innovation, creativity, and collaboration while focusing on developing global educators-leaders who are distinctively prepared to enhance education by putting theory into practice. 

Excellent Schools ePrize

The purpose of the ePrize is to foster collaboration between Orange County district and charter schools around innovation in order to improve educational outcomes for the underserved students. We need an all out effort by local businesses, academia, government, and our communities focused on excellent schools for all children. These parties need to collaborate, and that will take leadership and new ways of thinking.

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism

The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability and Autism is a think tank that gathers data and develops its own independent research to study. When appropriate, it also advocates on topics surrounding the issues of disability and autism. TPI’s aim is to educate policymakers and decision-makers on these topics in an effort to improve the quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Jack H. and Paula A. Hassinger Chair in Education

The Jack H. and Paula A. Hassinger Chair in Education was established in 1996 to reward distinguished professors who advance and foster education, through teaching and administration, at any level. The chair honors the life work of Paula Hassinger, who had a distinguished career as an educator, ranging from Chapman University to American elementary schools in Japan and South America. The chair further pays tribute to her husband, Jack, also a career educator and administrator who supported numerous teaching efforts in China.

Kathleen Muth Reading Center

The Kathleen Muth Reading Center is a community outreach program that teaches reading and writing to culturally and linguistically diverse elementary students. The program helps train Attallah College credential students to be effective literacy teachers including involving families in the literary development of their children. The program also offers a Home Library Program where young readers are given books in their current and next reading levels for their homes.

Centro Comunitario de Educación

The Centro Comunitario de Educación is a pre-kindergarten through adult learning center run by Chapman University's Attallah College of Educational Studies. The purpose of the center is to promote literacy and education for the Santa Ana community and its surroundings. 

Paulo Freire Democratic Project

The Paulo Freire Democratic Project's (PFDP) strives to follow the educational philosophy put forth by Paulo Freire. To accomplish this mission, PFDP gathers constituencies from all levels of education to promote the full democratic, intellectual, and critical development of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members.

Center for Research on Ability and Disability

The Center for Research on Ability and Disability (RAD Center), directed by Attallah College Professor and former Dean Don Cardinal, seeks to understand the ability within the socially constructed notion of disability through research, policy, and action.

Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies and the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders have come together with partners, parents, educators, and schools to actively address this issue as a community. The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders involves a two-pronged approach, providing both support and educational opportunities, specifically designed to meet the needs of individual students, families, and schools. To this end, we have developed a cutting-edge program: Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T).

El Sol - Chapman University Partnership

The Attallah College of Educational Studies has maintained a special relationship with El Sol Academy since its inception in 2001. Attallah College partners with El Sol for bilingual student teaching assignments as well as teacher candidate fieldwork activities. El Sol, in turn, has worked with Attallah College faculty for teacher and staff training. Furthermore, Attallah College faculty have conducted research pertaining to El Sol’s curriculum and programs.

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