UC Irvine's Schoolof Education service mission is carried out through community-based programs both inside and outside the classroom.
As a natural outgrowth of its credential and degree programs, SOE is committed to the professional development of local educators and K-12 school improvement. A prime example is the UCI Writing Project, a research-based program that provides in-service opportunities for more than 3,000 teachers in Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area each year. Since 1978, the project has helped over 8,000 teachers improve their techniques for teaching writing to their students as well as enhance their own writing abilities. In addition to training teachers through intensive summer institutes, the writing project presents conferences and workshops on leading topics of interest and develops lessons designed to foster students’ critical thinking and writing skills. The program has assisted more than 100 teachers in improving student academic achievement through standards-based arts education, particularly for students in low-performing schools.
The School of Education partners with multiple community organizations and schools, including 28 regional school districts, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, THINK Together, Girls, Inc., the UC Irvine Child Development Center, and the Tiger Woods Learning Center, to offer professional development, evaluation services, research opportunities, and faculty and student volunteers.
In 2013 the School celebrated the opening of The Academy Charter High School of Santa Ana, a collaborative effort with Orangewood Children’s Foundation and the Orange County Department of Education.