When MIMAUE was created in 2001, the College of Education was seeking an avenue to apply the research of faculty throughout the college to real-life, real-time problems in the K-12 school system. The driving force behind the Institute was a vision of collaboration with school teachers and administrators that would avoid the pitfall of "bringing it to the schools" and reinforce the concept of "doing it with the schools."
The Institute is a unique unit within the dean's office and works to bring college departments and faculty together around this pressing issue. In the years since its inception, the Institute has strengthened its conviction that collaborative partnerships between researchers, teacher educators, and public school systems are the most effective way to solve the problems of underachievement in children who have been chronically underserved. Institute-sponsored research confirms that it is possible to impact student achievement by working collaboratively with schools and teachers and by initiating practical applications of research. Opening a dialogue between the university and the schools, between researchers and practitioners, between college students and school children, has created a bridge across a culture gap that has provided rich opportunity to affect change. The Institute has developed a series of initiatives and activities directly related to classroom practice, professional development, and collaborative problem solving.
MIMAUE is also accepting donations for its various efforts and programs. To make a donation to MIMAUE, please visit this website. Our appeal code is PZ0B2. Thank you for your help in keeping MIMAUE's vision alive and prosperous.