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.
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.
Research activities at MCPER are organized into eight institutes, through which institute fellows collaborate with MCPER:
MCPER translates research findings into easy-to-understand tools and resources that policymakers, administrators, and all educators can use.
The latest research findings are distilled into concise top 10 lists of the most important things that should be in place in every school.
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.
"10 Key Policies and Practices for Teaching English Language Learners" is now available for free download.
Project BASIC receives $4 million federal grant through the Institute of Education Sciences