Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) in North
Minneapolis links the University of Minnesota in vital
public partnership with urban communities to advance
learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough
solutions to critical problems. UROC builds thriving,
innovative, and respectful collaborations for a healthy and
vibrant North Minneapolis, creates new models of urban and
community development, and strengthens the University of
Minnesota as a vitally engaged 21st-century university
serving the public good. CEED is pleased to have UROC as
home for some of our staff and projects.
The mission of CEED at UROC is to conduct
community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach that
supports families and urban communities in raising happy,
healthy, and successful children.
About Working at UROC
Alisha Wackerle-Hollman talks about what it is like to
work at UROC
CEED@UROC In the News
- Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Analysis of Reading Assessment Data in the NAZ (Fall 2014). Joseph A. Demers and Scott R. McConnell, University of Minnesota. This report presents information results of reading assessments NAZ-enrolled scholars completed between the fall of 2013 and fall of 2014. 6 pages | PDF version | Visit the project web page for more information | Visit Northside Achievement Zone
- Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Internal Evaluation Report: Family Engagement. (November 2014). Lynn M. Edwards, Laura M. Potter, Joseph A. Demers, and Scott R. McConnell, University of Minnesota. This report presents evaluation and documentation of Family Engagement, a NAZ Solution Plan that works toward the result: Parents will increase their belief, intention, skills, and commitment to support their child(ren)'s academic development and successful path to college. 45 pages | PDF version | Visit the project web page for more information | Visit Northside Achievement Zone
- The report Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions and Patterns was released to the public on September 10, 2014 and co-authored by Lauren Martin, UROC's director of research and affiliated faculty with CEED@UROC, and Alexandra Pierce, President of Othayonih Research.
- New grant awarded: Individual Growth and Development Indicators: Automated Applications for Performance Evaluation of Early Literacy (IGDI-APEL)
- Scott McConnell appointed member of Cradle to K Cabinet
- Scott McConnell collaborates in Mongolia regarding children with disabilities
- Individual Growth and Development Indicators. The Office of the Vice President for Research featured the contractual agreement between the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Minnesota as its lead story in its Business at UM newsletter. The Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs), developed by Scott McConnell, Ph.D., have been selected as the preschool assessment tool the state will use to identify the academic and behavioral supports needed by students to be successful in school. Read the article on the Business at UM website.
Supply and Demand for Early Care and Education Services in North Minneapolis: Initial Analyses of Current Capacity and Use of School-based Early Education and Family and Center-based Child Care Programs in Zip Codes 55411 and 55412, prepared by Kevin Overson and Scott McConnell, CEED@UROC, April 26, 2013
CEED Projects at UROC
Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
The mission of CRtIEC is to reduce the number of children
with reading problems by increasing the number of children
entering school with knowledge and skill in early literacy
Learning Labs | myIGDIs
Early Learning Labs provides assessments and services to
help parents and early child-care providers develop
"kindergarten-ready" children. myIGDIs is a
dedicated data manager that allows monitoring of children's
growth and development.
The Effects of an
Online Data-based Language Intervention Decision-making
System for Professionals Serving At-risk Infant and Toddlers
This project evaluates empirically the efficacy of a
software-based assessment, intervention design, and
monitoring system for home visiting interventions designed
to promote language development among young children living
in poverty and with special needs.
Family Academy: Infants
Family Academy is a parent education and empowerment program
for families with children aged 0-3. Its purpose is to start
early by empowering parents to get their kids ready for
kindergarten and on the pathway to college and life-long
Individual Growth and Development Indicators: Automated Applications for Performance Evaluation of Early Literacy (IGDI-APEL)
This project will design, test and evaluate the feasibility, usability and promise of IGDI-APEL, a tablet-device application that provides a comprehensive early literacy RTI experience for early childhood educators.
Achievement Zone (NAZ) Internal Evaluation
As part of its work, NAZ is committed to building
and implementing comprehensive and coordinated evaluation
systems that inform, document, and drive the continuous
improvement of individual components and the overall
initiative. CEED is a partner and leader in this effort.
Ready to Succeed!
The goal of this project is to promote kindergarten readiness through family-focused curriculum as part of the NAZ pipeline of family support provided by the NAZ Family Academy curricular offerings.
Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project
This project will develop, evaluate, and test the
implementation of a newly developed suite of Individual
Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs) developed
specifically to assess the language and early literacy
development of Spanish-speaking preschool children.
CEED@UROC Past Events
This series explored the broad sweep of “implementation science”-–an emerging research and practice discipline that formally explores factors affecting the high-quality use of effective practices in education, mental health, medicine, and a host of other fields and disciplines
Visiting Scholar Tia Neha Community Partners Event: Kei Kōnā, Kei Konei - Going Back to Going Forward
Visiting Scholar Tia Neha Academic Event: Family Learning Beyond the Horizon
Past CEED@UROC Projects
Infrastructure for Promise Neighborhoods
This project is working to create the infrastructure to
begin research on comprehensive preventive interventions in
the nation’s highest poverty neighborhoods.
Five Hundred Under 5
Five Hundred Under 5 (FHu5) was a collaborative,
multidimensional effort focused on two residential areas in
North Minneapolis that has been transitioned into the
Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ).
Fresh Start Garden
The Fresh Start Garden program is a community-led garden and
cooking program for preschool-aged children, their adult
caregivers, and older youth from North Minneapolis.
Get It, Got It, Go!
Get It, Got It, Go! provides informational materials,
assessments, and database-driven systems to help educators,
parents, and others select measurement tools (Individual
Growth and Development Indicators) to monitor children's
development, download assessment materials, manage data
obtained, and generate graphical reports.