The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin

At the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, we are passionate about ensuring all students—including those who are Black, Latino, Indigenous, or come from low-income backgrounds—have access to excellent math and science education. From kindergarten through postsecondary education, we believe every student deserves a mathematics and science education that is relevant to their futures and sets them on a path toward upward social and economic mobility. That’s why we work at every level of the educational system—from local K–12 districts and two- and four-year institutions, all the way through statewide education systems and legislative policy. Every day our staff bring this passion to life, with innovative ideas and research-based best practices in pedagogy, curriculum, instruction, and professional learning. We do so in a spirit of collaboration, partnership, and innovation, knowing that together we can make a difference in the lives of our nation’s students.  

We are proud to be a part of the Higher Ed Equity Network, as our work closely aligns with their vision and objectives. The Dana Center focuses on increasing equitable access to an excellent math and science education, and we work on creating sustainable pathways while dismantling barriers in the education system through our policy, curriculum, and professional learning expertise. Our work supports educators, administrators, and policymakers in creating seamless transitions throughout the K–16 system for all students. Through the work of Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP), math pathways and corequisite supports in higher education are becoming normative practice across the country.

Drawing from more than three decades of research and experience, our work centers on K–16 mathematics and science education with an emphasis on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement. We bring a deep, research-based approach to our work, and we continually push ourselves to innovate.

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