Judith Herb College of Education

Centers, Grants, and Projects

Explore in greater depth the education topics you connect with the most. Learn hands-on — collaborating with peers, mentors and area youth on time-relevant topics that encourage curiosity and dialogue. Our funded grants and projects and dedicated centers for research and advocacy create a well-rounded education experience.

You can help create inclusive learning environments for immigrant students. Develop innovative curriculum for elementary algebraic thinking. Train with peers to gain educational leadership insight or work to improve suicide prevention efforts on college campuses. Our wide range of grants, centers and projects allow you to multiply your knowledge in ways practical to your professional career and personal growth. Choose your opportunity.



The Herb Innovation Center - The mission of The Herb Innovation Center is to improve the profession of education and the human condition. This will be accomplished by supporting innovative and sustainable educational and human science research, and by offering graduate and undergraduate students applied research experiences vital to their professional development. 

The Carver Center - The Carver Center is a technology and curriculum resource center housed in the Judith Herb College of Education.  The Center is designed to serve as the college's primary educational technology teaching and resource facility.

Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide - The University of Toledo Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide is dedicated to providing resources, courses, and training to K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, and the workplace.  With a team of internationally recognized experts, the center is dedicated to providing research-based curriculum and solutions in a holistic approach. That is, we are not limited solely to threat assessment or prevention alone. We are also dedicated to making universities compliant with House Bill 28, which mandates a multicomponent approach to addressing suicide on college campuses.

Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education - The purpose of the Center for Nonviolence & Democratic Education (CNDE) is to understand and educate, locally and globally, for a nonviolent, democratic, peaceful, ecologically sustainable, and just society. 

The Russel Center -  The purpose of the John H. Russel Center for Educational Leadership is to promote understanding of the role and practice of leadership in education and the development of educational leaders in PreK-16 schools, institutions, and associations. The center provides a resource to help students, faculty members, administrators, and professionals communicate with each other, improve skills in specific areas, develop innovative solutions to problems, provide a forum to share ideas, and conduct research on educational issues. 


Career: Teaching Practices That Support Fraction-Based Algorithmic Thinking
The objective of this project is to develop a prototypical model of core teaching practices that engage and support students in algorithmic thinking when studying fraction operations.

Great Start for Higher Education (GSHE)
The purpose of Great Start for Higher Education (GSHE) is to enhance the quality of the early childhood curriculum offered at 4 community colleges in Michigan (Grand Rapids Community College, Mott Community College, Monroe County Community College and a 4th to be determined) so that associate degree early childhood teachers are better prepared to meet the needs of young children with diverse needs and their families.  Accordingly, GSHE will work with faculty and community partners from these IHEs to embed evidence and competency-based content into early childhood courses and increase the number and quality of inclusive early childhood practicum settings.

High-Dosage Math and Literacy Tutoring Programs 
Starting summer 2022 there are more opportunities for UToledo students to gain valuable skills and contribute to the local community through mathematics and literacy tutoring! Over the next two years, with funding from the Ohio Department of Education Statewide Mathematics and Literacy Tutoring Grant, UToledo students can become paid tutors at Old Orchard Elementary School and EscuelaSMART Academy (in collaboration with TutorSmart). By the program’s conclusion, public school learners will have received 17,756 total tutoring hours from trained University of Toledo students. Taking advantage of each school community’s assets and funds of knowledge, Fostering Literate Youth (FLY) at Old Orchard and Tutoria de Matematicas (TM) at EscuelaSMART Academy have been designed with teachers and administrators to address specific needs each school has identified and that have only been exacerbated by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NURTURES is a partnership between Toledo Public Schools, day care centers/nursery schools, The University of Toledo (education, engineering, & science departments), and community resources (e.g., Imagination Station, Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens) that will work with teachers and families to create a complementary, integrated system of science education for grades PK-3 in the Toledo area.

NURTURES is supported by National Science Foundation grant #1102808

Project: Creating Adaptive Culturally Diverse Learning Environments
This study seeks to understand the problems encountered by immigrant minority middle school students and to discern what schools and teachers can do to mitigate students' feelings of exclusion and create an environment in which all students can grow—intellectually, interpersonally, and socially.

Project Open House

There is an urgent need to increase access to and improve the quality of inclusive childcare for young children with disabilities in Ohio.  Through a state-wide and local/regional systems change approach, Project Open House (POH) will address these concerns to produce lasting improvements in how high-quality childcare is provided to young children with disabilities and their families. Project Open House is a 5 year project (2017-2021) and is funded by The Ohio Disabilities Developmental Disabilities Council Under The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, grant #17CH01SC17.

Toledo Transition (T2)
Toledo Transition is a non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program provides an inclusive postsecondary option for this population of students that includes participation in college courses, vocational internships and social experiences at the University of Toledo.

Last Updated: 1/12/24