About Us

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin works with our nation’s education systems to ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace.

Our work, based on research and two decades of experience, focuses on K–16 mathematics and science education with an emphasis on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement. We develop innovative curricula, tools, protocols, and instructional supports and deliver powerful instructional and leadership development.


How can we enable all students—especially those who are underserved—to achieve postsecondary success? This question guides our work to develop education tools and resources that are worthy of those we serve. It is why we collaborate with states and districts to provide sustained technical assistance, convene national networks, and create professional development programs and resources to help educators.

  • It challenges us to identify stumbling blocks for students and develop innovative courses to encourage persistence, reshape academic identities, and build critical skills and knowledge.
  • It drives us to advocate for rigorous academic standards and help education systems ensure that all students can master the content and practices described in these standards.
  • Finally, it is why we strive to ensure that these efforts move beyond labs and pilots and into classrooms and campuses across the country.

In all our work, we are dedicated to nurturing students’ intellectual passions and ensuring that the accident of where a student lives does not limit his or her access to an excellent education.