The Collaborative on Early Adolescence (CEA) will create a nationally recognized model for collaboration between universities, schools, and communities to promote the optimal development of young adolescents. Through a portfolio of comprehensive services and sustained engagement with students, educators, parents, community members, and NIU scholars, the CEA will improve academic, social, emotional, health, cultural, and civic outcomes for students and will inform NIU's academic, certification, and professional development programs.
In collaboration with educators, scholars, community members, and adolescents, the CEA implements the following activities:
Develop productive, interdisciplinary relationships with NIU colleagues who are working in the field of early adolescence
Develop partnerships with local schools, districts, regional offices, and other educational and community organizations
Identify and address local needs
Conduct research and write grants
Design relevant and sustainable programs for implementation in schools and the community
Evaluate school- and community-based programs
Inform educational decision making and practices with empirical methods and data
Exchange information from research literature and best practices
Inform improvements to teacher education programs, including pre-service preparation and in-service professional development
We listen to our partners and work with them to address their needs! Please contact us if you would like additional information about how the CEA can help you identify and address the unique needs of adolescents in your school or community.