Strategic Partnerships

On this page: Read about how COE partners with organizations, institutions, and individuals to further educational opportunities and improve lives.

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Building upon excellence in the nation’s urban schools 

School girl raising her hand in classroomThe National Center for Urban School Transformation is a nationwide program born of SDSU's College of Education that identifies, celebrates, and studies the best practices of our highest performing urban elementary, middle, and high schools. Since 2005, NCUST has awarded over 100 impressive schools in over 20 states. These schools have achieved multiple evidences of excellence for every demographic group of students they serve. NCUST also partners with several urban districts that want to emulate the best teaching and leadership practices found in these schools.  

Collaborating with national experts 

Dr. Samuel L. Odom, an international leader in the field of special education, took a research leave from his position at the University of North Carolina to come to SDSU. During his leave, Dr. Odom worked with our Department of Special Education on a research grant from the Department of Special Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences. Also, he presented lectures, and worked with SDSU students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. 

Partnering to build multilingual communities

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education maintains partnerships with the San Diego County Office of Education and many local schools to support dual language and multi-language programs. These programs offer students the opportunity to achieve proficiency in 2 or more languages.  An example is ADELANTE, a partnership between school districts and 2 higher education departments at SDSU specializing in Bilingual and Special Education.

Building bridges from school to employment for youth with disabilities

The Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education’s Interwork Institute partners with:

  • The California Department of Rehabilitation
  • 4 other state agencies
  • 21 local educational agencies
  • 18 family resource centers 

These partnerships work together to implement CaPROMISE, providing a coordinated set of services and supports designed to increase economic self-sufficiency among youth (ages 14 –16) who are Supplemental Social Security Income recipients, as well as their families.  

Strengthening City Heights

The City Heights Educational Collaborative is a long-standing partnership between SDSU, the San Diego Unified School District, and Price Philanthropies. SDSU’s College of Education is actively engaged (alongside other SDSU Colleges) in supporting schools in the Hoover High School Cluster (one of the most diverse clusters of urban schools in the nation). College of Education faculty, staff, and students work with teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, students, and others to improve both short-term and long-term outcomes for students in City Heights.

Homes and street mural in City Heights neighborhood of San Diego


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