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Morgridge College of Education

Kennedy Institute

The Kennedy Institute seeks to identify innovative and cost-effective means for promoting and sustaining the educational success of vulnerable children from early childhood through post-secondary education. Made possible by a gift from James C. Kennedy, the Institute established a program endowment which supports the research and operations of three faculty chairs in the Morgridge College of Education. Dedicated to applied research and dissemination of knowledge in the area of early childhood education, the following professors hold chairs in the Institute: 

  • Dr. Douglas H. Clements holds the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and serves as the Executive Director of the Marsico Institute of Early Learning and Literacy.
  • Dr. Richard Kitchen holds the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education.
  • Dr. Julie Sarama holds the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies.