Advancing educational instruction through research, technical assistance, and professional development

Our Mission

From translating research into practice to providing online professional development, the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts (VGC) emphasizes scientifically based research and is dedicated to improving instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and special education students.

Dedicated to high-quality research, VGC works with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) as combined Organized Research Units within the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Both centers promote academic success for students in Texas and across the nation by improving education outcomes.


Vaughn Gross Center professional development products and online forums are designed to broaden teachers' knowledge on topics related to effective, research-based reading instruction and to provide opportunities to share information on teaching reading more effectively.


Materials produced by the Vaughn Gross Center are housed in the library for The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk.

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Recent News

Three MCPER staff members to receive UT Staff Service Awards
April 10, 2014

Congratulations and thank you to Pamela Bell, Theresa Clarke, and Carlos Treviño, who will be recognized in May for their many years of service.

Mathematics Institute publishes article on using the Good Behavior Game to reduce off-task behavior
March 24, 2014

“Effects of the Good Behavior Game on Classwide Off-Task Behavior in a High School Basic Algebra Resource Classroom” will appear in an upcoming print version of the journal Behavior Modification.

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Upcoming Events

July 30, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm
RTI Institute in Fort Worth, TX

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