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Outreach is fundamental to the land-grant mission of Auburn University and to the College of Education's commitment to building a better future for all. Through our outreach efforts we work toward improving the learning opportunities and the futures of citizens in Alabama, the Southeast region, the nation, and the global community.
The Truman Pierce Institute, East Alabama Regional Inservice Center and Professional Development System (PDS) organize and spearhead multiple outreach programs within Alabama's educational communities.
Although numerous outreach efforts are informal in nature, many have developed into major initiatives. Annual outreach in the College of Education faculty directed and/or participated in funded outreach initiatives averages more than $2 million. Following are selected highlights:
The Auburn Transition Leadership Institute addresses issues, problems, and practices regarding youth and young adults with disabilities. It has a strong partnership with Alabama's special education and rehabilitation state agencies whose transition programs and services are designed to enhance the success of students with disabilities as they cross the "bridge" from high school to post-school life. An affiliate of the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education, this institute assumes a leadership role in this mission through its array of programs pertaining to pre-service and in-service training, applied research, and innovative outreach initiative.
AuburnVoices supports the college's commitment to diversity by uniting faculty, staff, students and resources throughout the college to provide support and empathy for all groups that historically been discriminated against, excluded or marginalized in our schools, institutions and in our society. AuburnVoices encourages faculty, students and organizations to take an active role in advocating for these groups by sponsoring and undertaking projects may include making donations, collecting resources or a variety of social justice and advocacy training and learning and experiential education activities locally and regionally.
Auburn University's Center for Disability Research and Service is uniquely positioned to conduct an array of research activities and to provide selected services to persons with the most significant disabilities. The center has four distinct, yet collaborative research and service units: autism/developmental disabilities, assistive technology, employer and community supports and program evaluation. Together, these units have the potential to impact the lives of persons with disabilities and the community at large in terms of gaining access to education, employment, housing, transportation, health care and leisure opportunities in the community of choice. The center promotes the diversity that persons with disabilities bring to the community. We embrace the ideals that have carried and defined the disability movement since the 1960s -- independence, productivity and inclusion.
The Persistent Issues in History Network (PIH) is an initiative that uses the power of interactive technology to support student thinking about the past and the enduring civic issues with which democratic societies wrestle. The Internet-based PIH curriculum features a multimedia database of historical documents and Web-based teaching and learning that facilitate problem-based historical inquiry. Content on new historical topics is added to the database through curriculum development partnerships with PIH teachers.
The Auburn University Summer Enrichment Program is offered by Auburn University Curriculum and Teaching. This program was developed in order to give students ages 3.5 - 8 years old academically enriching experiences during the summer. This program also allows undergraduate students to learn about the art of teaching in a classroom during the summer. The program provides instruction in English Language Arts, Math and Science and follows Alabama Course of Study Standards as well as the National Common Core Standards.
The Summer Reading Program offers supervised individual tutoring by advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Auburn University's reading education program. Lessons feature explicit instruction in decoding, fluency, and comprehension, along with reading and writing. Tutors closely monitor progress during each session and give diagnostic tests during the first and last sessions to measure reading gains. After the program, tutors provide parents with a report including conclusions and recommendations.
The TigerFit health and fitness assessments are conducted as part of a service learning effort in the Department of Health & Human Performance. James McDonald, director of TigerFit, works with undergraduate and graduate students as well as local physicians in providing on-going exercise programming and fitness education for the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Auburn University and community members of East Central Alabama.
Transforming East Alabama Mathematics (TEAM-Math) represents a unique effort to improve mathematics education in East Alabama through partnership of teachers and university faculty that includes Auburn University's College of Education and College of Sciences and Mathematics, Tuskegee University, and 12 school districts in East Alabama. The goal of the partnership is to systematically improve mathematics education in this region across the educational system, K-20, seeking to bring it into alignment with state and national standards and the best available research on mathematics teaching, learning, and program improvement.
Departmental websites provide additional information regarding other outreach initiatives.
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2013