Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education
Funded through a sub-award from the Center for Closing the Opportunity Gap (CCOG), a project sponsored by CSU Chancellor’s Office and administered by CSU Long Beach, the SJSU Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE) is the CSU Regional Hub for Northern California to support the educational needs of Youth in Foster Care (FY) and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (HY) in California.
Mission and Vision
Led by Dr. Brent Duckor and Dr. Lorri Capizzi, CCREE’s vision is to build K-12 capacity through the development of comprehensive educational curricula in higher education that infuses and elevates a commitment to students in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness.
We will focus on the robust CSU credential and certification programs, including Teacher, School Counselor, Social Work, Administrative, and Educational Leadership pathways in addition to Doctoral Programs.
A “serve the servers, train the trainers, support the future leaders” model, CCREE staff and faculty will utilize CSU capacity and knowledge networks to advance the pipelines of support for Youth in Foster Care (FY) and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (HY) in California.
The mission of the CCREE team will place research, policy and practice-based focus on the children who are the most vulnerable in the State systems of support. Working to inform and learn from LEAs, we will engage CSU faculty providers through curricula and training to deepen their commitment to the elevation and care of the State’s most vulnerable youth. Intersecting issues of race, class, and language acquisition, we locate Youth in Foster Care (FY) and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (HY) at the center of the work.
The mission of this project under the guidance of CCREE is to engage in “building a pipeline of support” to aid LEAs. Over the next 3 years, we will:
- Identify current practices from the literature related to closing the achievement/opportunity gaps for higher education providers;
- Engage in capacity development for educator preparation so that teachers, school counselors, leaders and other school personnel who enter schools are prepared to close achievement gaps;
- Engage in research in schools to further evidence-based practices for closing the achievement/opportunity gaps by examining higher performing, high poverty schools;
- Develop and disseminate resources to local education agencies to close the achievement/opportunity gaps.
Our CCREE Project Team
Our CCREE Advisory Board
- Manny Barbara, Former CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)
- Shamica Gaskins Esq., Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund
- Dr. Michael Kirst, Former President of the California Board of Education
- Dr. Julia Koppich, Education Consultant, J. Koppich & Associates
- Mary Perry, Education Consultant, Former Deputy Director, EdSource
- Glen Price, Former Chief Deputy, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (CDE)
Press Releases/Media Resources
- June 2021 - "How can Teachers, School Counselors, & Administrators support educational outcomes for students in foster care during extraordinary times?" webinar
- February 2021 - "Project to help educate teachers on homeless and foster students launched at San Jose State" on EdSource
- August 2020 - Building K-12 Educational Capacity for Youth in Foster Care and Youth Experiencing Homelessness in California
We are seeking applications for a Youth in Foster Care and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Fellowship [pdf] in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program at San José State University, which is the preeminent academic unit for preparing transdisciplinary leaders who are capable of engaging in research to solve educational disparities facing BIPOC and other minoritized learners. In this vein, faculty members associated with the Ed.D. program are currently engaging in research to ameliorate inequitable outcomes facing foster youth and students experiencing homelessness in California. Read the full fellowship description below and apply by Monday, February 1, 2021.
Dr. Brent Duckor and Dr. Lorri Capizzi copresented the free webinar "How can Teachers, School Counselors, & Administrators support educational outcomes for students in foster care during extraordinary times?" with the CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap in June 2021.
The CCOG launch event took place in November 2020.