The CRESS Center is home to an uncommon array of educational
programs and projects organized to achieve one major goal:
strengthening our region’s K-16 education system to meet the
needs of California’s youth. Building on our collective
strengths, CRESS supports teachers, schools and community
organizations by offering effective research-based solutions to
tackle inequalities, promote youth well-being, and build just
Professional development projects and initiatives focus on
deepening teacher content knowledge, improving instructional
strategies, and student learning.
School and community outreach programs and services cultivate
stronger pathways between communities and schools.
The evaluation unit provides services to university faculty as
well as regional education and community-based agencies
conducting research or providing programs with an education
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CRESS upcoming events and professional development opportunities.
Tackling the Summer Slide: Professional Development for Summer
Summer can be a precarious time for students academically. For
too many, the notorious summer slide kicks in, widening the
academic achievement gap with every passing year.
To address this challenge, the Center for Community School
Partnerships (CCSP), housed in the School’s CRESS Center, hosted
the first of several planned Summer Matters
Summits in May 2012. The Sacramento Summit brought together
summer program service providers, representatives of the
Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento City Unified
School District and the Mayor’s office, and national leaders in
summer school programming.
The California Postsecondary Education Commission has awarded the School of Education a three-year $926,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity in the CRESS Center, is the lead project director. Chris Thaiss, director of the University Writing Program, is the co-director.