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While many of our Owls are basking in the sun and enjoying this scorcher of a Philly summer, students and faculty in the College of Education have been making serious gains on the academic front. Not one, but two College of Education faculty members are involved in the development of research centers looking to keep pushing education research forward. Dr. Sarah Cordes is one of the researchers involved in the development of the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH) which was made possible by a $10 million grant. Based at Tulane University, this center will help researchers and policymakers alike better understand the ins and outs of school choice policies as they affect the achievement gap among disadvantaged students. 

Speaking of new centers, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and her team are bringing hope to Temple. The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is the continuation of Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s work with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and will continue the charge toward a better understanding of food and housing insecurity among college students in the United States. She and her colleagues recently released two working papers with even more information about what happens when you help students with need-based grants. Think: increases in STEM field enrollments. 

While we’re on the topic of hope, the College of Education is launching its inaugural cohort of  Temple Education Scholars. Fifteen high-achieving rising seniors will spend their last year of high school taking education courses in conjunction with their regular class schedule. As they wrap up their last year of high school, they’ll have a full academic year of college completed. As the lazy days of summer begin to wind down, let’s welcome this group of ambitious go-getters into the Owl community.

Kaiyla Darmer