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The educational research center and programs at Chapman strive to improve educational experiences and enhance academic achievement. Our 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 too foster collaboration between Orange County district and charter schools around innovations in order to improve educational outcomes for the underserved in OC. 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 new think tank that will gather data and develop its own independent research to study and, when appropriate, advocate on topics surrounding the issues of disability and autism. The Institute’s aim will be to educate policymakers and decision-makers on these topics toward improving the quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

The Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy

The DFAEDA focuses on developing future K-12 teachers with a special emphasis on civic engagement activities that will both serve our surrounding community and prepare our pre-service teachers to engage in their respective communities as they enter the teaching profession. The DFAEDA board works to bring events and research opportunities to the Chapman campus that challenge students to change the world by improving education through meaningful and reciprocal engagement among communities, schools and higher education.

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 and Learning Center

The Literacy Tutoring Program is a community outreach program that teaches reading and writing to culturally and linguistically diverse elementary students. The program trains undergraduate and graduate students in the CES 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.

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 together a number of 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 Center for Research on Ability and Disability

The Center for Research on Ability and Disability (RAD Center) is a new center in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California, directed by Don Cardinal, Ph.D., Professor. The RAD Center seeks to understand the ability within the socially constructed notion of disability through research, policy and action.

Collaborate Initiative

The Collaborate Initiative is in the process of being developed and will aim to re-conceptualize meanings of higher education by helping students make meaningful connections between college education and their lives. Students who participate in the Collaborate Initiative will engage in student-led and student-centered internship research projects.

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

In response to this growing need, Chapman University’s 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 will involve 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 two cutting edge programs: Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T), and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P).

El Sol - Chapman University Partnership

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

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