Institutes and Centers

All Kids Alliance (AKA)

All Kids Alliance is dedicated to building “systems” that will improve education for our children and youth. We are the “hub” in a “hub-and-spokes” organization. Our “spokes” are regional partners around Greater Houston that use our framework to plan and execute improvement strategies. We build capacity around the elements of the framework one region at a time across Greater Houston. It starts with convening a multi-stakeholder leadership group that targets points of urgency to begin working for academic improvement for its children.

Faculty and Staff
Wimpelberg, Dr. Robert K.: Professor & Director AKA 
Scott, Donna: Associate Director AKA
Wirt, Candice: Director of Communications AKA


Asian American Studies Center

The AASC is an interdisciplinary academic center, dedicated to the study of Asian and Asian Americans in the United States and abroad. It explores either/or social, historical, educational, economic, political and linguistic characteristics and development of Asian American Culture. Its mission is to generate knowledge, increase awareness and foster appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience in the United States and abroad, and to provide faculty, students and community members with rich opportunities to learn about Asian and Asian American cultures.

Faculty and Staff
Zou, Dr. Yali: Professor & Director 
Gonzales, Elizabeth: Executive Secretary


Center for Gifted and Talented Education

Faculty
Monaco, Dr. Theresa, M: Professor & Director


Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline® (CMCD)

The Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline (CMCD) program combines instructional effectiveness through consistency in classroom organization by the teacher with student self-discipline developed cooperatively in the classroom. The CMCD program is designed to give you and the faculty a plan to improve the quality of instruction and the learning environment, to produce a cooperative, caring, and safe place for children and educators to work and learn.

Faculty
Freiberg, Dr. H. Jerome: Moores Professor & Director


Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC)

The Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC) is a consortium of over 30 Houston-area school systems with the University of Houston and its College of Education. HATC is the oldest and largest teacher center in the nation, initiated in 1970. The Center is a forum for the College and area school systems to work through issues of common concern such as teacher supply and demand, job placement, and protocols for the placement of student teachers and professional development schools.

Faculty
Pierson, Dr. Melissa: Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Teacher Education


Institute for Urban Education

The Institute for Urban Education works to link the community with vital urban education initiatives. Through a variety of forums, The Institute provides research, instruction, and services to improve education in urban areas and foster collaborative educational efforts.

Faculty
Houston, Dr. W. Robert: Moores Professor & Director


National Center for Student Success

The National Center for Student Success (NCSS) is a multidisciplinary research institute authorized by the University of Houston's Research Council and the University of Houston's Vice President for Research. The Center focuses on creating an empirically and theoretically-anchored knowledge base regarding Hispanic and African American students from PreK-12 through the attainment of an undergraduate degree. The Center is intended to address the need for a scientifically-driven database on Hispanics and African Americans statewide, as well as nationally, and the need for more longitudinal studies that track minority students throughout their elementary, middle and high school enrollment and on to their undergraduate participation in a post-secondary institution. The mission of the Center is not only to generate quantitative and qualitative empirical investigations that will lead to the identification of factors and processes underlying student adjustment, academic performance, retention and, ultimately, educational success but it will also serve as a research center aimed at informing practice and policy for educational institutions throughout the educational pipeline.

Faculty
Horn, Dr. Catherine: Associate Professor & Director
Wimpelberg, Dr. Robert K.: Professor


Urban-Talent Research Institute (U-TRI)

The mission of the University of Houston's Urban Talent Research Institute (U-TRI) is to enhance the identification and development of individual gifts and talents of children and youth in urban centers and their metropolitan areas through university-school partnerships. The Institute's priorities are to: 1) serve the Houston metropolitan area by providing research, instruction, and service for maximizing talent development in school-aged students; 2) create a national research agenda focused on recognition and enhancement of talent in urban children and youth; 3) develop a national center for research focusing on the development of artistically talented individuals; 4) demonstrate, through model sites and programs, techniques for improving education of urban school-aged students through talent development.

Faculty
Olenchak, Dr. Richard: Professor
Ruban, Dr. Lilia: Associate Professor