Southeast Named Partner in National Study Supported by U.S. Department of Education


ED-StudentTeachingCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 7, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University has been named a partner in a national study funded by the U.S. Department of Education aimed at transforming K12 and higher education through innovative technology and teaching methods.

As a partner, Southeast’s College of Education and Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) will work with local school systems to implement the Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) Initiative model, which is comprised of partnership building, technology, professional development, project-based learning, classroom support and dual enrollment.

The initiative is the result of a $12 million grant awarded in 2013 to Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, Ala., from the U.S. Department of Education’s highly competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) program to establish the CORE Initiative. Now entering its second year, JSU is extending the program to seven regional universities, including Southeast Missouri State University, that will work to expand the CORE model and implement a rigorous research study of approximately 40 classrooms in 8th-12th grades across the nation.

“We are excited to be chosen by Jacksonville State University,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the Southeast College of Education. “This was a highly competitive grant process. It will bring both new tools and strategies to our school district partners. I look forward to the results and sharing them on the national level.”

Other partners selected to participate in the national study include:

  • Fayetteville State University, North Carolina
  • Savannah State University, Georgia
  • Tarleton State University, Texas
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina
  • West Texas A&M University, Texas

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