Research and Programs

Research and Programs

Our Focus

Through grants, faculty led research teams, and our PhD program, the Center engages in knowledge production and the dissemination of new understandings that impact access, success, and equity in education.

Current Grants and Projects:

  • Beginning Teacher Grant: In alignment with the Notice of Grant Opportunity, this project is designed to leverage the power of a partnership between Rowan University and Bridgeton Public Schools to improve the support provided for beginning teachers in the school district. To that end, the project has specific goals with measurable outcomes that align with implementation activities for the purposes of increasing beginning teacher persistence, improving student outcomes, and building community between teachers, district and school leaders, and community stakeholders. The project is deliberately framed by research related to signature pedagogies, a collaborative professional learning model, Critical Friends Groups, and community engagement. Using this research as a framework, the project unfolds as a sustainable, tiered model of support for beginning teachers that draws on the expertise of teacher leaders. The Rowan co-PIs use a cognitive-developmental approach to mentoring that will assist teacher leaders in building trust with beginning teachers and engaging in courageous conversations around context-based student engagement and growth.
    PI:  Dr. Katherine Luet; Co-PI’s:  Dr. Brianne Morettini and Dr. Lisa Vernon-Dotson
  • Camden HUD Grant
  • Camden Promise Grant
  • Early Childhood Leadership Institute Grant
    Dr. Zeynep Isik-Ercan                                                    
    The purpose of this plan is to develop an initial plan for development and execution on how to best support the technical assistances specialists within Grow NJ Kids and Lead Trainer from the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and to help support all regions in the supervision and development of the Technical Assistance System.

  • IMPACT Program: IRB development currently in process to support program evaluation and student success
  • Seed Funding: Seed funding is awarded to Glassboro campus Rowan faculty investigators with the aim of supporting preliminary efforts towards establishing new and innovative research. The Seed Funding Program is primarily intended to support Rowan faculty who are beginning investigators in their respective area of research or creative activity
    • Amy Accardo: Predictors of Success for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Nancy Vitalone-Arccaro: Improving the Medical Academic Curriculum to Gain Increased Understanding of the Needs of Families of Children with Exceptionalities
  • South Jersey Mathematics Ambassador Project (SJMAP): The South Jersey Mathematics Ambassadors Project, SJMAP, will build capacity for sustained improvement in math instruction that aligns with research and the NJCCCSM by working with teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators to create a community of math teaching ambassadors. We will build this capacity in two ways. One, we will focus on helping participants develop greater understandings of math and of how to teach it. Two, we will help teachers be effective leaders of math instruction by building their capacity to take on leadership roles. For example, IHE faculty will help participants learn how to provide PD to teachers in their schools, coach teachers in math instruction, observe and provide feedback to math teachers using the RTOP instrument, create materials to support teachers’ use of the Model Curriculum, and use the EQuIP rubric to evaluate curricular materials. PI: Robert Wieman; Co-PI’s: Dr. Karen Heinz and Dr. Jill Perry