The Center for Effective School Practices (CESP), a unit in the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, is a research center dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and integrity in research and education. CESP engages in ongoing collaborations with K12 schools and districts, higher education institutions, state and federal government agencies, and community organizations to design, implement, and evaluate strategies and tools that enhance the capacity of educators and policy makers to develop and deliver high-quality evidence-based instruction, curriculum, programs, and policy initiatives.
We support this commitment with the strong capabilities of the Rutgers team and the understanding that all students will achieve only when academic research and expertise join with the practical skills and insights of school practitioners. To this end, the Center recognizes the importance of and employs active collaborative structures like professional learning communities and researcher-practitioner partnerships. In an effort to bring the educational community together, the Center has established CESPConnects, and online space for ongoing communication, dissemination of resources, and interactive professional development sessions.
CESP is also home to the Rutgers Alternate Route Teacher Training Program. Since 2002, the program has helped career changers, recent college graduates, and substitute teachers launch careers in education as provisionally licensed teachers.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and Department of Education, CESP develops and executes impactful projects on educational initiatives and serves as internal and external evaluators on a number of grants; read more about our current work on our projects page.