Our Mission

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated, evidence-based practices to significantly affect student outcomes and support educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners.

Created in the spring of 2008 with a major commitment from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, MCPER is a collaboration of researchers from multiple disciplines and sites, including the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education.

Our Reach

MCPER serves students, educators, and families throughout the nation. To explore the scope of our projects across Texas, see our Texas District Map.
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Library

MCPER-produced materials are posted in our Library. The Library is updated continually, so visit it often to explore MCPER’s newest materials. Materials are also posted on relevant Institute and Project pages.

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Research to Practice

MCPER translates research findings into easy-to-understand tools and resources that policymakers, administrators, and all educators can use.

10 Key Series

In our 10 Key Series, the latest research findings are distilled into concise top 10 lists of the most important things that should be in place in every school.

Education Research Matters

Hosted on the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities site, the Education Research Matters monthly series features researchers translating important, current research into nonacademic language for practitioners in the field.

Recent News

Seats still available for second round of reading instruction workshops
September 27, 2019

MCPER's partnership with Humanities Texas continues in October in both Austin and San Antonio

Christine Espin to be featured in College of Education’s EdTalks series
September 24, 2019

Professor from the Netherlands to discuss the use of data from curriculum-based measures

Dr. Vaughn to give Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture
September 24, 2019

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn is scheduled to give the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture at the annual International Dyslexia Association conference in November.

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