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  • Advance the Leading Edge of Education

  • Contribute to the Future of Our Field

  • Elevate Your Career to a New Level

Welcome to the UCDS Institute

The Institute is designed to advance our innovative educational model. We’re dedicated to transforming the face of education through a range of professional development programs and partnerships. We’re committed to helping educators grow in their careers and to inspire future teacher leaders.

A New Kind of Graduate Experience

The UCDS College for School Culture is a graduate program designed to transform education. The program flips the model of lab school thinking. Rather than place an elementary program within the walls of an adult-focused university; we’re bringing a graduate program inside our child-centered school. Students enrolled in the UCDS College for School Culture, Master of Education program gain the knowledge and strategies essential to becoming leaders in education.

Promoting Teacher Excellence and Enhancing Education

With access to fresh new perspectives, tools, and resources, you’ll be prepared to take your career to the next level. Our tried and true tools and programs are designed to be adaptable, allowing teachers to adopt components of what we do at UCDS and integrate them into their curriculum to meet the unique needs of their students.

We’d love to hear from you.

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