School of Education Partners
The KU Professional Development Schools (PDS) Alliance is an active partnership between the KU School of Education and 12 public schools in four school districts surrounding the campus in Lawrence, Kansas. Founded in 1991, our alliance works to provide the following:
- collaborative educator preparation;
- ongoing professional development;
- reflective inquiry; and
- continuous school renewal.
Within these tenets, the Alliance works for collaborative research, training and professional development opportunities for public school educators, university faculty, and teacher education students with the ultimate goal of improving education for all children.
The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) at KU is a special and unique opportunity for all undergraduate students. The mission of the MSP is to recruit undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds into various academic majors as a means of increasing the diversity of the student body at KU. The KU School of Education is committed to enhancing and maintaining a diverse and dynamic faculty, staff and student population. A diverse student body strengthens the School by allowing a variety of perspectives to be integral to the School's programs, policies, and practices that more accurately reflect our diverse society and world. We need your help to increase our diversity within the professional careers in education, particularly, the health and teaching fields.
The Beach Center on Disability is affiliated with the School of Education's Department of Special Education and the Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute. Professors Ann Turnbull and Rud Turnbull from the Department of Special Education serve as the Center's Co-directors. Professors Wayne Sailor and Michael Wehmeyer serve as the Associate Directors. Primary foci of Beach Center research include assistive technology, disability policy, family-professional partnerships, family quality of life, health care, foster care and adoption, positive behavior support, and self-determination. The Beach Center has maintained a steadfast commitment to making a difference for persons with disabilities and their families. The Beach Center is committed to listening to the priorities of families, incorporating family priorities into the Center's research agenda, to carry out research in a participatory way, and to ensure that the research makes a meaningful and sustainable difference in the lives of families who have children with disabilities.
The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) is building a legacy of learners and leaders through a commitment to educational equity. Home to TRIO, GEAR UP, and CAMP, CEOP programs provide support for academic, financial, social, and career goals to students and families by partnering with the University of Kansas as well as Kansas school districts and communities in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Wyandotte counties, and serves communities throughout Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.