Community Programs and Initiatives
MU researchers partner with public schools, school districts and
communities to better understand today’s challenges in education.
Through various centers and projects, the College of Education’s
researchers create new understandings of and develop new resources for
learning and teaching to overcome these challenges. Education is a
fast-changing field with a high demand for excellence.
These initiatives use different approaches and strategies to address the same critical theme — discovery, teaching and learning for all. The centers investigate ways to improve schools, increase student achievement and prepare teachers with the best curriculum.
Other interdisciplinary projects promotion of mental well being in public schools, supporting communities with family counseling to preparing new parents, pushing for advancement of women in higher education, or exploring the many ways technology can be applied in all learning environments.
Annual research in the college totals more than $25 million in outside grant funding, which provides research assistantship opportunities for graduate students. The college is ranked 26th (out of 480) in the nation for education and human resources funding from the National Science Foundation.
The TESOL program's goals are to build the capacity of Missouri public schools to meet the increasing need for highly qualified teachers to work with English Language Learners in schools In addition to educate and train in-service general education and content area teachers to become ESL teachers and equip students who wish to teach in both ESL and EFL settings to children and adult language learners.
Science Talks to You
Science talks to You is a new program with a goal of sharing the latest scientific discoveries with communities across Missouri. Science Talks to You is based on the popular Saturday Morning Science series at University of Missouri's Columbia campus.
Missouri State Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization that operates under the National Science Olympiad which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.
School-wide Positive Behavior Supports
The center partners with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide a comprehensive initiative of training and on-going technical assistance to P-12 educators focusing on pro-active discipline to reduce challenging behavior in schools.
Heart of Missouri RPDC
The RPDC (Regional Professional Development Organization) uses federal and state education monies and grant monies to operate multiple programs designed to support teachers, administrators, students and parents.
Quality Elementary Science Teaching (QUEST)
The QUEST Summer Science Academy for Students is designed to promote positive attitudes toward science and boost students' confidence in themselves as science learners.
Missouri Prevention Center
The Missouri Prevention Center brings community members and researchers together to help schools and families apply techniques that promote social and academic success. Through community outreach, the center's staff provides parent training and teacher consultation services.
Partnership for Research and Education with Plants
This innovative program brings together high school biology teachers, their students, and research scientists to form a scientific learning community focused on sharing knowledge and research about molecular genetics, biotechnology, genomics and plant physiology.
Physics First Missouri
A TIME for Physics First is a partnership among the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), and seven Core Partner school districts. The vision of the project is to prepare Missouri's 9th grade science teachers to become intellectual leaders as they learn to teach a yearlong freshman physics course.
Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
The mission of Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SW-PBS) is to assist schools and districts in establishing and maintaining school environments where the social culture and behavioral supports needed to be an effective learning environment is in place for all students.
National Girls Collaborative Project
The National Girls Collaborative Project uses the power of collaboration to advance and sustain gender equity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic
The MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic provides comprehensive, integrative psychological services to meet the educational, developmental and psychosocial needs of children, adults, families, schools and communities.
Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program
The Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program provides a framework to organize and manage developmental, preventative, and responsive guidance and counseling activities and services in school districts. It makes a value added contribution to the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.
The Leader in Me
This program uses the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as the foundation for building effective, high-performing cultures in elementary schools. Teachers and administrators are provided an extensive training process which prepares them to teach the foundational principles to students in their schools. These principles are used to build productive academic and personal habits and thinking in students.
No Tool Left Behind
This project is expanding the electronic performance support software developed for students with mild disabilities, including the tools for non-readers (PictureTools), tools to support secondary students in standards-based achievement (SMART Tools), and tools to support teachers (Behavior Tools).
Instructional Materials Laboratory
The Instructional Materials Laboratory (IML) supports educators through the productions of print-based and electronic instructional materials in a wide variety of subject areas. IML also develops databases for the management of instructional related data.
The Hook Center is a dedicated cadre of nationally recognized scholars and practitioners who help school districts understand how they can strategically manage their human resources and build instructional capacity throughout their schools.
Graduate Student Science Outreach (GSSO)
The Graduate Student Science Outreach program connects graduate students from the University of Missouri with classrooms in local public schools to show how science is fun and how interesting questions are asked and answered.
eThemes is an online database of content-rich, kid-safe websites selected to meet Missouri K-12 education standards, and the education standards of other states participating in the eMINTS program.
Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation
The Center was established in 1998 as a part of the Department's focus on diversity, where faculty and students could develop unique and innovative multicultural programs. Our mission is to increase multicultural and cross-cultural competence at the organizational and individual levels in order to navigate a more inclusive and global community.
Adventure Club is an enrichment based before and after school program based at 19 elementary schools in the Columbia Public School District. Our purpose is to enhance the growth and development of children, families, staff and the communities we serve.