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Center for Learning and Professional Education

Center Priorities

The Center for Learning and Professional Education focuses on scholarly activities that inform best practices and contribute to professional discourse around teaching and lifelong learning.

  • Conducting public scholarship, the scholarship of teaching, and other community-engaged research to inform best practices for professional learners.
  • Creating apprenticeships and learning communities to extend professional learning.
  • Refining partnership activities to inform each other and our professions.

Community Partners


Each student learns through extensive clinical experiences related to their professional field, with field work beginning as early as their first semester.

College and Center Events

Faculty Research

This Center conducts research to forward the University of Hartford’s mission of dedication to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society. Through the Center, students have opportunities to participate in research that further classroom learning. Some of our research projects are listed below.


  • Teacher Quality Partnership Grant provided secondary social studies a professional learning opportunity that targeted content areas in history and civics and government, aligned with the new Connecticut Social Studies frameworks. This opportunity used Universal Design for Learning, a scientifically-valid framework for proactively designing curricula, implementing instruction, and assessing learning so all students have equal access to learning. Read about the 2015 summer institute. (Lisa Zawilinski)
  • Center for Montessori Studies is an intellectual community of researchers and practitioners contributing to Montessori education and the broader implications of Dr. Maria Montessori’s theories on human development, learning, and social reform. (Paige Bray)
  • College Access research projects examine various aspects of the high school to college transition of youth. (H. Kenny Nienhusser)

Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Environments

For more information about the Center for Learning and Professional Education, contact Paige Bray, associate professor, Department of Education, at