Georgia Center for Educational Renewal
Committed to Closing the Gaps
. . . between research and practice
. . . between the University and the public schools
. . . between minority and majority achievement, (P-20)
Much of the current school renewal/reform research and school/university education and renewal efforts have been conducted within large urban centers. In order to contribute to the improvement of preschool through doctoral study (P-20) education the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal (GCER) will draw from current issues and commonly faced challenges encountered by school leaders and teachers internationally, the U.S., and Georgia, to address southeast coastal and rural Georgia educational challenges. Specifically, the Center will focus its efforts on: the challenges of increasingly stringent calls for higher performance by all student populations, a reduction of resources, the increasing achievement gap between represented and underrepresented students, between students from lower and higher socio-economic status (SES), and the special challenges faced by schools serving rural areas.
The vision for the GCER is to be recognized for scholarship excellence that positively impacts
P-20 student achievement by focusing on the academic, cultural, and linguistic needs of students, particularly under served populations in the rural Southeast.