Our Mission

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners.

Created in the spring of 2008 with a major commitment from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, MCPER is a collaboration of researchers from multiple disciplines and sites, including the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education.

Our Reach

MCPER serves students, educators, and families throughout the nation. To explore the scope of our projects across Texas, see our Texas District Map.
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MCPER-produced materials are posted in our Library. The Library is updated continually, so visit it often to explore MCPER’s newest materials. Materials are also posted on relevant Institute and Project pages.

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Knowledge Bites

MCPER translates research findings into easy-to-understand tools and resources that policymakers, administrators, and all educators can use.

10 Key Series

The latest research findings are distilled into concise top 10 lists of the most important things that should be in place in every school.

Education Research Matters

Hosted on the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities site, the Education Research Matters monthly series features researchers translating important, current research into nonacademic language for practitioners in the field.

Recent News

Sharon Vaughn leads workshop in Minnesota as organization’s 2018 Distinguished Scholar
November 1, 2018

MCPER executive director presents on response to intervention for Higher Education Literacy Partnership event

Latest “10 Key” guide explores research-based strategies for teaching English language learners
September 12, 2018

"10 Key Policies and Practices for Teaching English Language Learners" is now available for free download.

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Upcoming Events

June 18 to June 20, 2019
RTI Leadership Institute

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