Centers

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, & Professional Learning serves as Ohio’s only comprehensive center for research, evaluation, and professional learning in science, mathematics, technology, computer science, and engineering education, dedicated to collaboration, advocacy, and strategic innovation. The Center was established in 2015 through a merger of The Discovery Center and Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center, to build upon a 24-year history of support for improving mathematics and science teaching and learning.

As part of the Center’s mission to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to improve teaching and learning and promote equity in opportunity, access, and outcomes for all learners, Discovery Center staff are dedicated to sharing their rich knowledge of research, evaluation, assessment, and professional development with others.

The Sexuality Education Studies Center (SESC) at Miami is unique: It marks Miami as the first institution in the region to provide critical, service-oriented, scholarly programs in sexual education, supporting students, faculty, staff and the community. The SESC allows Miami to uniquely prepare students training for careers in P-12 education, public health, family life education, social work, educational leadership and school psychology in an unparalleled manner.

This center also supports personal development and adds to contemporary conversations that are happening at national levels. In addition, fostering connections with organizations that value sexual health, wellness, informed decision making, prepared citizens and equity within our larger communities is also a priority.

The Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology was created in 1990 to promote interdisciplinary research. The Center includes 61 faculty associates from 12 Miami University departments and four university divisions. In addition, the Center has an Advisory Committee comprised of members from a range of government units, community organizations, schools, businesses, and professions.
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The Heckert Center for Children's Reading and Writing

The Heckert Center was established in 1983 to establish models of literacy excellence and to engage in the study and improvement of children's reading and writing. Richard and Barbara Heckert, Oxford natives and Miami graduates, endowed the center to honor Richard's father, John W. Heckert, a Miami professor of education from 1910-1942 and first director of the McGuffey Laboratory School.

The Questionnaire and Test Design-Analysis Laboratory (a Rasch Psychometric Laboratory) supports clients' efforts to design a diverse range of data collection instruments for use in such fields as health care, market research, education, psychology, and family studies; analyze data collected with questionnaires, surveys, rating scales, ranking scales and tests; apply Rasch measurement psychometric techniques to the design of instruments; document the validity and reliability of instruments; prepare data for statistical tests and to clearly communicate results, and provide actionable and cost-effective guidance.

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Center for Contemplative Inquiry and Mindfulness Practices

The Center for Contemplative Inquiry and Mindfulness Practices focuses on using mindfulness and contemplative inquiry to improve the quality of teaching and learning.