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Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education


The Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) is an educational research and development center at UGA that provides:

  • Professional development and resources for K-12 educators working with Latinos state-wide
  • Outreach support through mentoring/tutoring of Latino students placed at risk
  • Program support in developing a pipeline to post-secondary education for Latino students
  • Research to inform teachers and educators on ways to reduce the achievement gap for Latino children, especially in Georgia

The center aims to narrow the achievement gap of Latino students placed at risk due to poverty and language barriers and to improve the level of education of Latino students (PreK-16) statewide. Its goals include:

  • To research and disseminate promising/best practices for Latino education
  • To develop and support appropriate programs by leveraging federal, private and state funding
  • To create and enhance partnerships to raise the learning and social outcomes of Latinos in Georgia and the nation
Directory information


  • 125 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Faculty and Research

Outreach, Engagement, and Service

Programs, Services, Events

CLASE Research

New Book

U.S. Latinos and Education Policy: Research-based directions for change
A multi-disciplinary collection of empirical studies and policy papers from leaders in the field of Latino education.
Edited by Pedro R. Portes, Spencer Salas, Patricia Baquedano-López, Paula J. Mellom
Now available

Longitudinal Immigrant and Education Research Study

The CLASE Longitudinal Immigrant and Education Research Study (CLIERS) is a multi-year research and development pilot study aimed at providing novel information about how immigrant children in elementary school are adapting to the United States. With this study, CLASE aims to assess immigrant children’s socio-cultural adaptation and identity development especially with regards to language and culture.

Study Overview


The center is funded primarily by a grant from The Goizueta Foundation.

CLASE has also received support from the Board of Regents Hispanic Task Force, the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach, the CompuCredit Foundation, and the Title II/Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program, totaling over $600,000 of additional program funding to enhance and extend the scope of activities.

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