Centers and Initiatives

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, & Professional Learning

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.

Dr. Sarah B. Woodruff, is the Center Director. To learn more about the Discovery Center’s work, and the services they provide, visit

408 McGuffey Hall
210 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056

The Heckert Center for Children's Reading and Writing

The Heckert Center was established in 1983 to establish models of literary 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.

Other goals of the Heckert Center are to serve as an information exchange center for the development and dissemination of research in children’s reading and writing.

Dr. Paula Saine is director of The Heckert Center for Children's Reading and Writing.

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is a part of the College of Education, Health, and Society (EHS) to specifically initiate and sustain university-school and health/human agency service partnerships with an emphasis on literacy and mathematics. The Learning Lab may be used for, but not limited to, the support of research and scholarly publications, program support, student and/or faculty attendance at professional conferences, or provide opportunities for students to participate in applied internships or research work in the field of literacy and learning.

Social Justice Teaching Collaborative

The Social Justice Teaching Collaborative (SJTC) began in fall 2017, funded initially through an EHS Interdisciplinary Teaching and Curriculum Grant. Expanding from this beginning, the name and faculty membership has evolved since then.  This collaborative involves faculty across the division who teach courses that the majority of EHS majors take in their teacher preparation, health and wellness, and family science and social work programs at Miami University.

TEACh Pipeline Program

Great communities require great schools. Great schools demand great teachers. Yet, as double-digit enrollment decreases in the nation’s educator preparation programs intersect with low retention rates for early career teachers and surging teacher resignations, the teaching profession faces critical shortages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 567,000 fewer teachers today than prior to the pandemic. Closer to home, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) began the 2021-2022 school year down nearly 200 teachers.

Miami University’s College of Education, Health and Society, by leveraging existing programs and relationships, seeks to collaborate with partners across K-12, higher education and the community to scale a promising solution. Already in-progress and receiving Ohio Department of Higher Education funding, TEACh Cincinnati (Transformative Educators Advocating Change) aims to scale a self-renewing educational ecosystem designed to grow its own diverse teaching workforce.

Urban Cohort

The Urban Cohort is a community-based approach to teacher education. Miami faculty and Urban Cohort students collaborate with high-need schools and community-based organizations to prepare teachers who are grounded in the life of the community.

To learn more, contact Tammy Schwartz, Director at 513-529-0434 or