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 in the College of Education.
Using a multidimensional, cultural-historical framework focused on reducing academic achievement gaps, while promoting strong bicultural identities and resilience for culturally and linguistically diverse students, CLASE provides:
- Professional development and resources for P-12 educators
- Outreach support through mentoring/tutoring
- Program support in developing a pipeline to post-secondary education
- Research to inform educators on ways to improve teaching and learning, especially those struggling in Georgia
As a recognized research and development center, CLASE engages in a variety of research, professional development and outreach initiatives serving first- and second-generation, predominantly Latino, culturally and linguistically diverse students, as well as their parents and educators, using a multidimensional, cultural-historical framework focused on reducing the academic achievement gap, while promoting strong bicultural identities and resilience as means to support positive integration into the majority society.
Research conducted by the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education has helped develop new pedagogies, change the understanding of cultural adaptation and learning, and investigate how first-generation students adapt to the United States.
Research topics include:
- Instructional Conversation pedagogy
- Cultural adaptation across cultures
- Longitudinal immigration and education
Our research creates long-term, positive effects on education across the United States.
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Professional Development for Educators
Our professional development program is a direct outgrowth of CLASE’s research, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, to study the impacts of the Instructional Conversation pedagogy on the academic success of English-language learners.
CLASE offers several professional development options for teachers, instructional coaches and districts. Our professional development facilitators work with districts across Georgia, across the country, and internationally. Find out how our Instructional Conversation pedagogy can work for your classroom or district.
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Tutoring and Mentoring
The CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring program is an after-school enrichment program for third- to fifth-grade English learners that takes place twice a week at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. The program mobilizes volunteer tutors and mentors from The University of Georgia to work with kids to build their motivation and confidence as well as their academic achievement.
Tutors give their time and knowledge to Latino and English language-learning children, and in return they receive a personal knowledge and understanding about the Athens Latino community. Our undergraduate and graduate volunteers act as role models while at the same time gaining valuable, real-world experience working with kids. Tutors help students with homework, work on reading skills, and play learning games.
Mentoring and tutoring also builds bridges between University students and the Athens community, offering children a window into the possibilities made possible by education.
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Courses Taught by CLASE Faculty
Faculty members affiliated with CLASE lend their expertise to a variety of courses in the College of Education with particular focus on issues relating to Latino students, culturally responsive pedagogies, and addressing the achievement gap. for full course details, please refer to the UGA Bulletin .
Topics covered by our courses cover a broad range of topics, but often touch on the following ideas:
The Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE) was created in 2003 through a generous grant from the Goizueta Foundation, to support the educational success of the growing Latino population in Georgia. Housed within the University of Georgia’s College of Education, the Center contributes to the University’s combined missions of teaching, research, and outreach, with the specific goal of creating a P-16 pipeline of educational supports for Latinos and all culturally and linguistically diverse students across the state.
CLASE aims to narrow the achievement gap of Latinx and other culturally and linguistically diverse students placed at risk due to poverty and language barriers and to improve the quality of education for all students (PreK-20) across Georgia. Our goals include:
- To develop, pilot and implement effective programs that can leverage federal, private and state funding
- To research and disseminate promising/best practices for the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students
- To create and enhance partnerships to optimize the learning and social outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse students