College-to-Community Collaborations

The College of Education actively collaborates with the Clark County School District (CCSD) as well as local charter and private schools on a variety of research and service initiatives.

Growing the Teacher Pipeline

In order to recruit and prepare high quality educators to enter the teaching workforce, the College of Education participates in initiatives and partnerships that target high school students, community college students and graduates, and alternative routes to licensure candidates.

UNLV Holmes Program students present at the 2018 AACTE Annual Meeting

Holmes Program

The AACTE Holmes Program provides rich mentoring, peer support, and professional development opportunities that support students from historically underrepresented backgrounds pursuing careers in education. The UNLV Holmes Program is open to doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students as well as high school students who plan to enroll at UNLV upon graduation.

MESA participating faculty, students and parents pose for a photo at the 2017 kickoff event on the UNLV campus

Multicultural Educational Services Alliance (MESA)

Funded through the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) Great Teaching and Leading Fund (GTLF), the MESA team’s mission is to end Nevada’s teacher shortage and to diversify its teacher workforce. Learn more about their signature project, Abriendo Caminos/Opening Pathways, which seeks to build and sustain a bridge from students and families to PK-12 schools, to various community partners and to the UNLV College of Education.

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Rebel Academy

Designed to provide development opportunities for both future educators and students alike, Rebel Academy is a summer interdisciplinary enrichment program focusing on English, Science, Social Studies, and Math for students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

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TEACH Programs

The College of Education partners with select CCSD high schools to offer university-level teacher preparation classes for high school juniors and seniors.

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Teach For America

With a partnership established in 2004, the UNLV College of Education is proud to offer Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program coursework for Teach For America Las Vegas Valley corps members.

The sculpture "Fallen Soldier" at the Veterans Memorial on the UNLV campus

Troops to Education

Troops to Education (née Troops to Teachers) was established in 1993 to assist transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers in public, charter, and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The program provides counseling and referral services for participants to help veterans meet education and licensing requirements to teach. The UNLV College of Education is proud to offer Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program coursework for Troops to Education participants.

Professional Development Programs

The College of Education leads instructional activities to further professional development for CCSD professionals in STEM, Literacy, ELL, and other content domains.

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Project E3

Project E3: Enhancing, Engaging, and Empowering Teachers for the Next Generation of English Learners is a federally funded grant sponsored by the office of English Language Acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education that seeks to improve classroom instruction for early childhood English Language Learners (ELLs) through advanced teacher practices and to study the effectiveness of professional development in making long-term shifts in teachers’ practices.

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Project SPEN:TT

Project SPEN:TT (Severe and Persistent Educational Needs: Teacher Training) is a grant project designed to provide training and support to teachers of K-12 students with severe and persistent learning or behavioral needs.

UNLV alumni attend a PGP workshop hosted by the College of Education

Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Courses

Educators and licensed professionals have many options to participate in professional development activities aligned to their PGP that is developed in collaboration with their supervisor. In general, professional development activities are assigned CUs associated with the time that the educator or licensed professional participates in these activities outside of the contractual workday.

Student Services

The College of Education provides direct educational and clinical services to K-12 and university-level students.

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Project F.O.C.U.S.

Project F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2-year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability, including Autism. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program that helps college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

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Metacognition and Motivation in Advanced Learning Technologies Lab

MALT•Lab research focuses on three interrelated questions pertaining to motivational and metacognitive processes as they influence cognition and learning:

  1. What are the cognitive and metacognitive processes that lead to learning in technology-enhanced learning environments?;
  2. How do students’ motivations (e.g., achievement goals and self-efficacy) influence their metacognitive and cognitive processes?; and
  3. Can we design tools and instructional practices that improve motivation, scaffold metacognition, and lead to robust learning?
The Motivational Systems Lab is housed in the College of Education on the UNLV campus

Motivational Systems Lab

The mission of the Motivational Systems Lab is to examine personal and contextual factors that influence student motivation and engagement in a variety of educational settings.

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Content Area and Language Learning (CALL) Research Lab

The CALL research team focuses on its active research agenda on better integrating content and language and improving the learning conditions for English and dual language learners (i.e., ELLs and DLLs). The team is committed to studying the contiguous development of language, literacy, and content areas, such as mathematics, science, social studies, among these populations from preschool to post-secondary schooling.

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Southern Nevada Writing Project

The mission of the SNWP is to impact student learning by improving the teaching of writing, thereby promoting a vision that every person is an engaged and life-long writer. The SNWP serves as an authentic professional learning community in which educators build a sound pedagogical foundation, sustain and develop leadership capability, and collaboratively inquire into their practice in a supportive environment.

The Zeiter Center is located in the Bennett Development Center on the UNLV Campus

Gayle A. Zeiter Literacy Center

The Zeiter Center serves the community by providing:

  1. professional development opportunities through workshops, conferences, and literacy education courses to teachers and university students;
  2. family engagement opportunities in developing children’s joy of reading and writing;
  3. one-on-one literacy tutoring services to K-8 students within Clark County School District; and
  4. a venue for conducting scholarly activity that improves children’s literacy and professionals’ literacy education.

Program Evaluation & Intervention

To meet the growing demands of high-needs schools, the College of Education actively engages in needs assessments and other evaluation activities that guide intervention.

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Interaction & Media Science Lab

The IMS Lab is an interdisciplinary space that specializes in state-of-the-art-research into human-computer-interaction, video games, game-based models, virtual reality, and simulations. Researchers focus their study on understanding technology from the human perspective, specifically in the context of human learning, behavior, and socio-emotional competencies.

Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment team members discuss a project in May 2017

Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment

CREA is dedicated to improving evidence-based decision making in a variety of sectors through the production of high quality design, implementation and interpretation of research-based evaluation and assessment. CREA works with clients in the community, including municipalities, nonprofits, and other organizations, to address their research, evaluation, and assessment needs.