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Center for Community and School Action Research (CCSAR)

ccsar logoWelcome! The Center for Community and School Action Research (CCSAR) is a Center of Excellence within the Connecticut State University System and is located within the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. 
Since its inception in 1998, a major focus of CCSAR's work was to conduct  the annual evaluation of all the Educator Preparation Programs at SCSU. That involved the administration and analysis of student, alumni and principal surveys; focus groups; and a review of test scores from performance based assessments, e.g., Praxis II, BEST Teaching Portfolio, and other assessment measures. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess and measure the overall effectiveness and quality of the Educator Preparation Programs, and to ensure that SCSU continues to meet the standards set by all of its accrediting bodies, e.g., NCATE, the State Department of Education, and other specialty accrediting bodies for our various disciplines. To assist the school of Education in its efforts to evaluate the quality of its programs, CCSAR distributed surveys to all undergraduate, graduate, sixth year, and doctoral students enrolled in an educator preparation program prior to graduation This survey provided students with the opportunity to give feedback and to respond to various statements regarding their classroom and field experiences while a student at SCSU. This important work continues as a function of the Office of Assessment and Planning.

Starting this year CCSAR's major responsibility  is to support the implementation and documentation of professional development activities within the School of Education and in developing a partnership with the School Development Program at the Yale University Child Study Center, and partnering with school districts and schools across the State.  CCSAR's staff also conducts research and evaluation studies on programs and initiatives that impact children's academic, social and emotional development.  Additionally, a major focus of CCSAR's activities is on addressing the achievement gap in Connecticut through facilitating seminars and workshops, conducting related research and evaluation and by supporting and assisting with related program development. CCSAR continues to serve as a resource for technical assistance and support for faculty and student research.

Again, welcome to the School of Education, to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and specifically to CCSAR. Please feel free to stop by and visit us in the Department of Educational Leadership in TE6.


Norris M. Haynes, Ph.D.
Director, CCSAR

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