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Education Centers & Outreach

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education houses more than one dozen centers and partnerships to assist state schools.

Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDAR)

The Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) provides support for the research and scholarship of faculty and graduate students in the College of Education. Its work includes data services, academic editing, survey design and administration, and grant-writing support. In addition, CEDaR regularly sponsors workshops on research related software.

Early Childhood Education Institute (TULSA)

The Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa strives to advance and support equity in early childhood through the generation, dissemination, and application of meaningful research. The ECEI focuses on young children, birth through age 8, and the programs and policies that impact these young children and their families.

Hardman Center for Children with Learning Differences

The Hardman Center for Children with Learning Differences was created through a gift from Ruth G. Hardman, a long-time Tulsa resident known for her philanthropy and interest in literacy and education. The Hardman Center has a dual mission of outreach across the state to assist parents, teachers, and schools in helping children with learning differences be more successful in school, and of applied research to close the gap between best and current practices in literacy education.

Institute of Child Development

The Institute of Child Development, which serves approximately 50 children from the Norman and University communities, has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Working with children from 2–5 years old, the Institute meets a variety of strict standards, including providing activities appropriate for preschool children, having an adequate student-staff ratio, meeting stringent health and safety standards, and providing opportunities for parental involvement. The OU Institute of Child Development was in the first group of licensed child care facilities in the United States to be accredited.

John W. Renner Science Education Center

The John W. Renner Science Education Center’s mission is to continue to be at the forefront of science education research while preparing teachers and professionals for lasting scholarly work and personal development in order to improve upon science education.

K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal

The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal is a consortium of school-university-community partnerships committed to improving student achievement and democratic citizenship through authentic teaching, technology integration, and cooperative networking. The K20 Center proposes a model addressing the needs of children and families through interactive, action-oriented partnerships among schools, families, universities, and community and government agencies.

Oklahoma Writing Project

The Oklahoma Writing Project (OKWP), directed by Lawrence Baines, is devoted to improving the quality of writing in elementary and secondary schools. The program, which has professionally prepared more than a thousand educators and influenced tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers over the past forty years, is an affiliate of the National Writing Project ( OKWP Teacher Consultants travel to schools throughout the state presenting workshops to help teachers improve students’ writing performance. For information on upcoming professional development opportunities or to contact the OKWP team, go to

Professional Development & Leadership Academy

The Professional Development & Leadership Academy serves all levels of school leadership, from school boards and school and site administrators to teacher leaders, parents and community partners. Featuring series experiences, workshop opportunities and customizable training options, the academy delivers high quality leadership development designed to positively impact student learning.

Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment

The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma studies transition, self-determination, and post-secondary education of youth and adults with disabilities and those at risk for school failure. Masters and doctoral students who conduct research at the Zarrow Center learn skills to become future educational leaders. Faculty and students disseminate their work through books, articles, teaching materials, classes, workshops, and professional presentations. An endowment from the Zarrow Family Foundation of Tulsa funds the Zarrow Center activities.

Center for Leadership Ethics and Change

The OU CLEC is an affiliate of the Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a global association of faculty and research associates representing eight international university-based centers and institutes devoted to the support, promotion and dissemination of theory, research, and practice on values and leadership.