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)
The Georgia Center for Educational Renewal will address current issues and commonly faced challenges encountered by school leaders and teachers in Georgia, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Specifically, the Center will focus its efforts on the challenges of increasingly stringent calls for higher performance by all student populations, the increasing achievement gap between white and minority students, between students from lower and higher socio-economic status (SES), and the special challenges faced by schools serving rural areas.
In order to improve education, including preschool through doctoral study (P-20), the Center will facilitate research, policy analysis, publication, and professional development of all levels. The Center will be committed to engaging constituents at all levels with the work of education renewal. The Center will build upon and extend the impact of on-going initiatives at Georgia Southern University, such as the Center for the Study of International Schooling, The Center for Educational Leadership and Service, The National Youth at Risk Center, and the University’s partner schools and P-20 co-reform initiatives.
Much of the current school renewal/reform research and school/university education and renewal efforts have been conducted at larger universities that are embedded within large urban centers. The Georgia Center for Educational Renewal will address the differing educational issues and needs of small town/rural resource-challenged schools. Together with other centers on and off campus, the Georgia Center for Educational Renewal will be able to conduct applied research in rural areas on global reform issues at smaller, local school environments and address matters such as scale and adaptability in the process of education renewal.
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.
Description of How the Center Fits into the University’s Existing Organizational Structure
The Georgia Center for Education Renewal is located at Georgia Southern University and administered through the College of Education. The professor/director of the Center will report directly to the Dean of the College of Education and will work in conjunction with the departments of the College, P-20 educators, University arts and sciences faculty, and community leaders.