The Center’s research agenda is driven by a commitment to high quality learning experiences for students, particularly those in urban settings, and the preparation of all children for post-secondary learning and the 21st Century world.
The Center is committed to a research agenda that:
- Identifies best practices for the transformative use of technology in existing and emerging practices;
- Identifies and shapes best practices for emergent technologies and their use in K-16 educational practice in core areas such as instruction, assessment, organization, and leadership; and
- Develops rigorous, practical methodologies to measure the added value of technology on learning.
The Center is currently leading the National Science Foundation initiative: Systemic Transformation of Inquiry Learning Environments (STILE). The overall goal of the project is to develop a systemic, transformative approach for interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning in K-8 settings. CTSC has identified key elements of a robust design process to help teachers move from business-as-usual pedagogy to dramatically new practices in content, pedagogy, and technology use. Over the duration of the initiative, the planned model prepares teachers to design innovative, authentic STEM projects and supports administrators in leading such efforts. The program also identifies an interdisciplinary STEM perspective, supported with scientists from the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University who provide additional STEM content and fieldwork expertise as part of the overall design.