Research & Innovation Centers

Research and Innovation Centers

Overview Lee Martin

Beta Lab

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.


California Education Lab

CEL Faculty Director Michal Kurlaender speakingThe California Education Lab is a collaborative group of researchers investigating important questions of education policy and practice in California. Much of our work focuses on understanding how young adults are prepared for, transition into, and succeed in college.


Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Connecting research, practice, and policy to promote the educational achievement of California's diverse students.

People sitting around a large table at a CAP-Ed hosted meetingThe 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.

Overview Heidi Ballard Ryan Meyer

Center for Community and Citizen Science

Through its research and programming, the Center for Community and Citizen Science helps scientists, communities and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. The center researches ways to broaden and improve participation in science by diverse communities, use citizen science to effectively improve scientific learning, and develop resources and tools for building successful citizen science programs.


Resourcing Excellence in Education

Three girls looking down at work on their desks in a classroomThe Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) Center 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.


UC Davis Upward Bound Awarded Five Grants

Program is administered by the School’s REEd Center

Upward Bound Sacramento-Solano students meet on the UC Davis campus during their summer residence program.

The School of Education’s REEd Center has received five federal Upward Bound grants totaling more than $8.7 million to continue serving 348 high school students in Sacramento, Solano, Shasta and Siskiyou counties over the next five years.

“The students in our Upward Bound programs have so much promise and untapped potential, but their opportunities might have been limited by their socioeconomic status,” said Car Mun Kok, PhD, Director of College Opportunity Programs for the UC Davis School of Education.


Educational Talent Search Receives $4.8 Million in New Grants

The School of Education’s REEd Center has received five federal Educational Talent Search (ETS) grants totaling $4.8 million over the next five years to support the continued and expanded work of ETS programs in Sacramento, Solano, Yolo and Shasta counties. The programs collectively serve 2,700 students in grades 6–12 who have academic potential, want to continue their education beyond high school, and need extra support and information to reach their goals.


Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)

Woman and teen boy seated at a dining table during Dinner with a Scientist eventThe 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.


Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

Conference attendees sitting in chairs arranged in a circleThe Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) is a community-university collaborative serving practitioners and researchers committed to disrupting racial inequities in education by creating restorative, humanizing, justice-seeking teaching and learning communities.


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