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The Center for Education: Celebrating 22 years of working for the teachers and students of Houston

The ultimate aim of the Rice University Center for Education is to assure more equitable, more academically rich learning experiences for all children. We work directly with teachers to assure their capacity to engage children in authentic learning, and we further enrich their teaching through workshops, courses, conferences, and publications. We conduct research on key issues in urban education, teaching and learning, educational policy. Through the dissemination of our research findings, we work to assure that those teachers, and the children they serve, are surrounded by a well-informed circle of public support.

You are invited to participate in the Center's work by attending a workshop, taking part in a year-long teacher enrichment course, exploring our research, or attending a public seminar. For more information, see the links at the left, or call us at 713-348-5145.

Bernie Christine Mathes

The Rice Center for Education celebrates the life of Bernie Mathes, BernieMathesformer Director of the School Literacy and Culture Project. Bernie's love for and understanding of children strengthened our program, and anyone who knew Bernie treasured her warmth and concern. She was a teacher, a leader, a thinker, a researcher, and good friend to all. She will be honored at our upcoming January Literacy conference.

Click here for the latest version of our Center Update.

Spotlight on the Rice Oral Language and Literacy Lab

HISD Board President Michael Lunceford hosts "HISD Up Close" and recently focused on our innovative program at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center to teach English to non-native speakers. Click here to watch the video.

Creative Writing Camp Highlights:
In 2012 our summer Creative Writing Camp (in collaboration with Writers in the Schools) served more than 1,000 students at six campuses, the largest turnout we've ever seen. Check out this slide show of the awesome three weeks we spent together: Click here to view.

Register now for the School Literacy and Culture Project's year-long mentored program for teachers interested in early literacy. Click here for more information.

The Rice University Center for Education is funded solely by gifts, grants, and the fees paid by participating schools. We are a 501c(3) organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible. To donate to our program or to sponsor a teacher, please click here.

What New Piece of the Universe Did Your Students Touch Today?

Dr. Linda M. McNeil's latest article is in the TSTA  Advocate. Click here for PDF (pg. 14).

Our Early Literacy Research Wins National Award

Research published by SLC authors has received one of two 2008 awards for research by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Click here to read about this paper.
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Avoidable Losses

As graduation rates go down, school ratings go up
Published in the Education Policy Analysis Archives, "Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis," by Center for Education researchers: Linda McSpadden McNeil, Eileen Coppola, Judy Radigan, and UT-Austin researcher Julian Vasquez Heilig. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to STEMscopes -- now serving 1,000,000 students in the state of Texas!

Peri, the STEMscopes mascotGrowing out of the Center's work with science teachers, STEMscopes has become a recognized leader in science education.
Click here for more info.

Ron Sass

The Center's co-Director Emeritus, receives Nobel honor for his work on climate change. Click here for details.
Also, click here for information on Dr. Sass's career.


School Writing Project hosts annual Spring Poetry Reading

On May 17, approximately 80 young writers and 250 parents, grandparents, and friends filled the Rice Grand Hall in an inspiring celebration of creativity. For more information on this program, click here. Photo by Scott Corron