Our Mission

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated, evidence-based practices to significantly affect student outcomes and support 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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Library

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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Research to Practice

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

10 Key Series

In our 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

MCPER launches initiative to improve academic, behavioral interventions for Texas students
July 30, 2019

With $2 million grant from Texas Education Agency, new project will develop professional development modules for teachers

New project examines reading intervention efficacy for students with disabilities
July 9, 2019

Institute of Education Sciences funds project to evaluate PACT intervention for learners with disabilities

Sarah Powell wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
July 5, 2019

Award is the U.S. government's highest honor for scientists beginning their research careers

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