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Welcome to the UNI Center for Educational Transformation

Founded upon the values of partnership and innovation, the UNI-based Center for Educational Transformation (CET) is a PreK-12 education research and development hub within the state of Iowa that is designed to respond to and be inclusive of all education stakeholders.  Through field-based and action-oriented research, innovative educational practices and effective policy analysis, the center works to leverage existing strengths to dramatically impact PreK-12 student learning and teacher effectiveness across the state and to inform the national education landscape.  The Carver Foundatoin has provided two years of funding to help establish the center.

UNI undergraduate students delivering transformative social and emotional education to Iowa's secondary school districts
Secondary students engaged in school engagement, environment and student safety.
The Center for Educational Transformation...finding unique and alternative ways to teach and inspire students.
Collaboration between teacher practitioners and faculty researchers supports the overall mission and focus of the Center for Educational Transformation.

CET News


Alan Heisterkamp has agreed to serve as interim director for the Center for Educational Transformation. Click here to view the Press Release.

Three candidates for the position of CET Director were on campus during November and December.  We encouraged everyone to attend the open forums for each of the candidates at which they will share their ideas and vision for the position and the center.  Videos were made of their public presentations for those who could not attend the forums.  Candidate CVs and presentation videos were posted on the Provost Office home page at http://www.uni.edu/provost/.  The search has now entered the decision phase.  

The Center will support internal Research Fellows from UNI and other Regents institutions, as well as external Fellows in residence at UNI from across the country to conduct research and otherwise participate in the work of the center.  Fellows will be responsible for strengthening and expanding existing research themes, creating original research ideas, and working with partner sites to implement research results.  In addition, these individuals will seek external funding and disseminate their work in peer-reviewed journals as well as state and national conferences and seminars.  Fall 2013-2014 Solicitation for Inaugural UNI Fellows

One of the components of the new Center will be a program to engage Teaches on Special Assignment (TOSAs).  The purpose of the TOSA program is to directly engage current PreK-12 educators in the work of the Center.  TOSAs are in-service PreK-12 educators that receive administrative approval to leave their current teaching assignment and join the Center’s research activities for a temporary period.  TOSAs will be selected to provide strategic linkages between the Center’s research agenda and real-world classroom experience, to ensure that the Center is grounded in the practical application of its activities.  Input from faculty, administrators, and practicing teachers is needed to design the program effectively – please contact anita.gordon@uni.edu to contribute input to the Steering Committee. 

Beginning in 2014, the Center will support undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research and related projects within the Center.  Students interested in working with the Center may contact anita.gordon@uni.edu to be directed to the appropriate application process.