Research & Innovation Centers
The Beta Lab at UC Davis studies how young people learn and develop through participation in making and the Maker Movement. We investigate the nature of learning that occurs during extended, youth-driven maker projects, and we design learning environments and tools to support learning through making.
The Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) at UC Davis facilitates the nexus of research, policy, and practice with a commitment to eliminating inequities in schooling and providing learning opportunities for diverse students. CAP-Ed connects education leaders and practitioners with nonpartisan, research-supported information and expertise from scholars and policymakers. Our services and publications foster a thoughtful, well-informed education system in California encompassing policy makers and those implementing policy in schools and districts.
Based on a foundation of research excellence, the Center helps scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life.
Welcome to the Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms, a unique partnership between the UC Davis School of Education and Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Through our teacher professional development programs and ongoing research we seek to develop and document engaging and equitable K-12 classroom practices for the study of Shakespeare and other complex texts.
REEd is a university-based intermediary with deep ties to the TK–12 education community across the state. We are committed to moving research findings into practice and building the capacity of education systems to improve teaching and learning with the goal of reducing education inequities. We do this by testing professional growth systems for building capacity and using research practice partnerships to spread and deepen this work in many districts across the state and beyond.
The Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) conducts science education research and provides professional development in K-12 science instruction. SASP is an education partnership between the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Sacramento. SASP is a regional site of the California Science Project and provides support to teachers, schools, and districts for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Science and the Technical Subjects.
Wheelhouse was founded in 2016 to strengthen leadership and practice in the California Community Colleges, the nation’s largest system of higher education. We deliver professional and peer learning for annual, select cohorts of Wheelhouse Fellows—campus presidents, superintendent/ presidents and district chancellors. We focus on leading change, performance analytics, individual and organizational agility, and research and policy know-how.