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Mission and Vision

Mission

The mission of the Center for Educational Development and Innovation (CEDI) is to achieve the perpetuation of innovation and practices throughout the educational continuum by focusing the energy, expertise, and desires of its community of students, families, scholars, and the current boundaries of practice. The Center is intent on improving teaching at all levels through seamless and innovative models that deliver the most current content and instructional knowledge and skills.  Special emphasis will be given to bilingual/bicultural content education with prominence to the critical national shortage areas of mathematics and sciences.  The Center will promote the integration of basic research, applied research, and best practices to develop intercultural master teaching to excel the teaching and learning process.  The Center will study the various interrelationships between education, natural, and social sciences, health, and ethics to use its findings to solve local issues and their extension to similar national and international socio-cultural contexts.

Vision

The Center for Educational Development and Innovation (CEDI) envisions the integration of basic and applied research that is cognizant of the social, physical, emotional, and educational well-being and needs of its citizens.  It will endeavor to remove the isolation of practices through the integration of scientific and educational research.  The Center itself must be involved in dialogue and cooperation with other national and international educational research Centers to stay abreast of changes in practices and develop an anticipatory mindset that envisions future problems and their solutions in the field of education with especial emphasis in all of its intercultural dimensions.  The Center will become a driver for UTB innovation in teaching and learning.

Strategic Value

  • Center research and innovation programs will focus on the master teacher, master learner, master scholar and master citizen with special emphasis in bilingual/dual language and intercultural dimensions.
  • Center activities are aligned with University priority programs (i.e., Math and Science Education, Bilingual and Intercultural Studies, Educational Technology, Doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction, Bicultural Counseling, Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Center, Early College High School, Health Education, Higher Education, Comparative Studies on Education etc.)
  • Center activities support the mission of the University and the College of Education, including teaching, research and service.
  • Center activities are having a direct fiscal impact on the University via funding from grants, foundations, contracts, and payment for activities, services, and resources.
  • Indirect fiscal resources are being used to fund faculty inquiry/action research activities, increasing the amount of research in the classroom that is currently occurring.
  • The Center will support graduate and undergraduate student research programs in which the University “grows its own” researchers, increasing the capacity of the University to expand its research capabilities.
  • The University will have the opportunity to lead the nation in research regarding student achievement, second language learning, international/comparative education and intercultural education.
  • Shared research facilities will be utilized by faculty in all Schools and Colleges, facilitating education research for all faculty on interdisciplinary basis.
  • The Center will provide opportunities for return on intellectual property that results from original and creative activities, encouraging the production of publications, presentations, products, methodologies, instruments, resources, and professional development activities.  
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