CEDER is a University of Michigan School of Education center devoted to offering high-quality designs, evaluations, and research on teaching, learning, leadership, and policy at multiple levels of education. Specifically, CEDER supports the design and development of education curricula, programs, technology tools, and software for other units on campus and for K-12 and informal learning settings in surrounding communities.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND PROGRAM DESIGN: To advance the design work, CEDER researchers engage in “design thinking” activities and workshops to consult with and inform different parties that may be developing educational resources, such as schools developing new learning spaces in their buildings or museums are exploring the potential of using different kinds of technologies to support learning activities within exhibits.
EDUCATION EVALUATION RESEARCH: The evaluation mission of CEDER provides support to U-M central administration, campus units, individual researchers, and community-based educators for evaluation or technical assistance related to education programs and research. Related to the evaluation strand is a research strand focused on conducting expert research on education practice at multiple levels and in multiple sites. SOE faculty members already engage in multiple forms of practice-based education research.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: In addition to providing contract services for education design, evaluation, and research, CEDER disseminates existing research-based education tools and resources produced from existing SOE research grants and centers.
Finally, CEDER fosters partnerships among the School of Education (SOE), other campus units, and K-12 education institutions (both formal and informal) across the state of Michigan.