A. Dana Center is a research unit of the College of Natural
Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Established in 1991,
the Dana Center's organizing mission is to develop a next generation
of mathematicians, scientists, and knowledgeable citizens who reflect
the full diversity of American society. Its first projects focused
on nurturing minority student achievement in mathematics and science.
These projects, including the Mathematics Workshop Program (also
known as the Emerging Scholars Program), grew in various formats
to serve dozens of school districts and over 200 colleges and universities.
The Center works to ensure that every student leaves school prepared
for postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace. Over
the past decade, the Dana Center has worked with Agile Mind, the
Texas Education Agency, school districts, national organizations,
and others to:
- Provide education leaders with new knowledge about teaching
- Develop resources to help local school districts respond to
new accountability standards
- Implement high academic standards for all students by supporting
K-12 teachers and leaders
- Improve student achievement through increased school capacity
Today, in Texas and around the nation, the Dana Center provides
educational support-directly or through intermediaries-to more than
30,000 K-12 mathematics and science teachers and more than 10,000
school administrators. More than 100 faculty from Texas institutions
of higher education and several thousand Texas educators and community
leaders have participated in the Center's initiatives.
The Center has conducted research on vital educational issues including: successful schools and districts, Algebra 1 achievement, effective professional development, teacher induction support, and mechanisms for school finance.