Research centers at the Curry School are hubs of collaborative research and development activity involving faculty and students, holding regular training and seminars, sponsoring conferences and workshops, and engaging in major initiatives related to growing funded research at the Curry School. Each of these organizational units is overseen by a Director (member of the Curry faculty) and an advisory board who all report to the dean. Although originating with seed funds from donors or internal resources, these centers are intended to develop into long-lasting entities whose continued operation will become wholly dependent on external funding. These include the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), The Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, Youth-NEX, and the Center for Effective Teaching in Higher Education.
Curry also houses several more targeted research centers, the operation of which is typically limited to the duration of an externally- sponsored center grant that funds the project. These centers are funded primarily by Federal agencies such as the Institute for Education Sciences or the National Science Foundation, for example. These research centers are led by a Curry faculty member who serves as the Principal Investigator for the grant and the Center Director. These include the National Research Center for Gifted & Talented and the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education.
Curry School is a member of the Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN), a coalition of the nation’s leading research colleges of education.