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21st Century Solutions

The College of Education and Human Development is dedicated to discovering solutions to the problems that face our schools and the challenges encountered by children, adults and families in the 21st century. We implement change for real people around the world—children with special needs, families in crisis, and teachers and service providers striving to assist vulnerable populations with limited resources.

Our faculty conduct research designed to have a positive impact on society as a whole--examining how people learn, teach, develop relationships, and create environments that are more inclusive for people with physical, intellectual, emotional and developmental disabilities. In 2013, students in education and human services provided 171,200 services hours—student teaching, working for community organizations and assisting families in need. Our four children’s centers provide high-quality education for children ages six weeks through eighth grade with a wide range of abilities and financial resources.

Service Learning Project: Mentoring AVID Students

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing students for college, especially traditionally underrepresented students. As part of UD's School of Education service-learning curriculum, they partner with local school districts to provide tutoring assistance to the AVID program, helping middle and high school students to become reflective thinkers. UD's education student-tutors are trained to use inquiry methods to facilitate the AVID tutorials as well as serving as role models. They learn to ask open-ended questions that encourage students to consider options, not just memorize facts. By learning to express their difficulties and work through the thought process, students are able to develop a deeper understanding of the content.


In Delaware, AVID is an elective class in all Christina School District high schools and middle schools, and a number of Red Clay Consolidated School District schools. The AVID program as a whole reaches more than 700,000 students in more than 4,900 schools and 28 postsecondary institutions in 46 states and across 16 countries/territories.