As the director of the Truman Pierce Institute I am pleased to welcome you to our website. I hope you find the information on it to be both informative and interesting.

The Truman Pierce Institute has a proud history of engaging in research, outreach scholarship, and teaching. Named after a true visionary in education and leadership, Dr. Truman Pierce, the institute's work is focused on forward-looking and creative efforts to enhance the quality of education, and consequently the quality of life, in Alabama, the southeast, and the nation.   The institute is staffed with graduate assistants and other professionals interested in making a positive difference in the lives of others by creating powerful partnerships and  engaging in self and group reflection to promote continuous improvement. We are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children by collaborating with others, learning more about systems and policies impacting education, and identifying or developing research-based practices to improve opportunities for children and educators and communicating this information with others.

We base our day-to-day operation on a number of underlying assumptions:

  • as educators we make a positive difference in the lives of students, teachers, and others;

  • our roles within the Truman Pierce Institute have offered us a platform to reach out to others and offer our talents as leaders in education;

  • leaders have a moral and ethical responsibility to make a positive difference;

  • leadership is most effective when operating in ways that respect and value the rich diversity and talents surrounding us in our global world; and

  • everyone has leadership ability if provided with the right professional growth opportunities and forums for exercising those abilities.

Further, we believe teacher and administrator working conditions are indeed student learning conditions. Many of our projects reflect our emphasis on leadership capacity building focused on improving educational opportunities for all students while simultaneously improving working conditions for teachers and administrators.

The Truman Pierce Institute is funded through an endowment and support from the College of Education as well as the various contracts and grants we receive. Due to the fluid nature of our funding sources, our projects and programs change to reflect the needs and requirements of these funding sources. However, our core purposes and underlying assumptions remain the same and we only take on projects that fit within our mission. A current listing of projects and programs is available on the website. I encourage you to read through the brief introductions to our graduate assistants and staff to learn about the depth of experience and talent we have available for research and programs. You will also find a listing of upcoming events, resources available, and other pertinent information.

Thank you for reading our website. We welcome your questions, ideas, and suggestions. If you are interested in collaborating with the Truman Pierce Institute and/or would like further information about our work, please feel free to contact me.

With warm regards,

Cindy Reed, Ed.D.
Truman Pierce Institute & Professor

Truman Pierce Institute

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2015

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