Consistent with its overall mission, the CDI supports a variety of academic collaborations and initiatives supporting inclusive education and policy change for students with disabilities and those of other marginalized groups.

Baldanza Fellows: Teachers of Color Pipeline Program

  • Focused on recruitment and retention of teachers of color in CNY
  • Collaborative project with the Maxwell School of Citizenship
  • Funded by a generous gift from alumni Marcia and Ben Baldanza

CEEDAR: Collaboration For Effective Educator Development, Accountability, And Reform

  • Assists states to reform teacher/leader preparation programs
  • Aligns licensure standards with reforms
  • Refines personnel evaluation, realign policy structures & learning systems statewide

Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning

A peer-reviewed, fully open-access journal provided by NYACTE (New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)

Equity Audits to Identify Opportunity Gaps

  • Research on curricular and co-curricular opportunity gaps and impact on underserved populations within SCSD
  • Audit of students, enriched/advanced courses, grades, attendance, discipline
  • Descriptive statistics and correlational analyses
  • Planning for education reforms

Academic Collaborations:

Neurodiversity Community

A pilot project supporting degree-seeking students with autism at Syracuse University, supported by Karen Seybold.

Intelligence ++

Inclusive design course and competition with support from the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence