» Centers, Partnerships, & Projects

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. 

Thompson Policy Institute on Disability

The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability 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.

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 and to involve 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.

Mental Wellth Project

The Mental Wellth Project offers Mental Health in Schools Toolkits and online resources for educators, parents, and school-age kids. To promote mental wellness and share mental health resources, Attallah College graduate students and faculty in its M.A. in School Counseling and Ed.S. in School Psychology graduate programs created the materials here to increase mental health literacy and reduce stigma of mental health concerns. All the toolkits and worksheets were created by Chapman graduate students for K-12 students, their families, and educators in the field and are available free of charge.

Community Math Program

Modeled after Attallah College’s Kathleen Muth Literacy Center, the Community Math Teaching and Learning Program integrates teacher education training and community tutoring. The community program gives Chapman students opportunities to practice research-based math instructional strategies while providing free mathematics tutoring to students in the community.

ePrize Awards

Education Prize (ePrize) awards seek to speed the introduction and spread of innovative approaches in OC’s PK-12 public school system by fostering collaborations among public school districts, districts and charter schools, and local community organizations. 

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.

Paulo Freire Democratic Project

The Paulo Freire Democratic Project (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.


The COLLABORATE Initiative aims to reconceptualize learning in higher education through reflexive inquiries into the processes of acquiring, producing, and utilizing knowledge.