The Center for Education Research Partnerships is charged with establishing and joining research partnerships concerning development and learning among deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the lifespan and in various educational settings. Primary activities include promotion of related collaboration among individuals, educational institutions, and organizations, both nationally and internationally. These and other activities, such as the hosting of workshops and discussion groups, collaborations in seeking extramural funding, and dissemination, focus on bridging research and practice to optimize educational opportunities and success for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. This notion of serving as a "collaboratory" and an "incubator" for new ideas lies at the heart of the Center.
The unique features of the Center include:
- Emphasis on research partnerships
- Consideration of learning in a variety of settings
- Incubator for research ideas and grant proposals
- Providing seed funding for collaborative activities
- Supported by external funding
The ultimate goal of the Center is simply to change the world through better understanding and improving the education of deaf students.