Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
What We Do
Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education.
We believe effective teaching and learning are the foundation for opportunity, success and well-being. Our mission is to advance the quality and impact of teaching through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education.
Our goal is to meaningfully transform education by 1) developing evidence-based theories of effective teaching and learning via large, longitudinal studies of diverse classrooms around the world; 2) creating, evaluating and disseminating tools for measuring and improving teaching and learning; 3) Developing innovative support systems that develop useful knowledge and skills via cutting-edge applications of technology.
Infant, Toddler & PreK Projects
PreK - Elementary
Elementary & Secondary Projects
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The Motivate Lab is driven to improve people’s lives through rigorous motivation research and to understand the mindsets that promote learning, growth, and well-being.
Foundations of Cognitive Learning Lab
The FOCAL Lab studies the cognitive processes that underpin learning throughout the school years. The cognitive foundations that are central to our studies include motivation, executive function and self-regulation, sensorimotor and visuospatial processing, phonological skills, and general knowledge of the world.
Reading and Academic Development Research Group
The Reading and Academic Development Research Group examines reading and related areas of academic development across different groups of school-age children. Broadly, the research focuses on meeting the diverse instructional needs of students from specific backgrounds by identifying reading and writing difficulties and developing effective instructional approaches.
Virginia Policy Partnership Collaborative
The Virginia Policy Partnership Collaborative is an effort aimed at connecting researchers and students at the University of Virginia with education policymakers to address pressing education problems in the Commonwealth through careful research.
The long-term effects of the Core Knowledge curriculum saw students’ reading scores improve by 16 percentile points on state standardized tests.