The Center for Implementation and Evaluation of Education Systems (CIEES) is Old Dominion University's first center to focus extensive grant funds on the comprehensive improvement of education systems for K-12 students with diverse learning needs. With over 56 million in grant awards from state and federal agencies since 1999, CIEES is uniquely situated to create meaningful change in the outcomes of students with and without disabilities. CIEES currently operates in 10 states and Guam with the greatest concentration of services in Virginia. In 2020, CIEES will implement and evaluate initiatives for positive behavior interventions, tiered systems of support, teacher preparation to serve students with disabilities, and training and technical assistance among other projects.
CIEES promotes interdisciplinary research efforts to improve the efficacy of education, the quality of community life, and the knowledge and skills of students. The Center engages in a continuous improvement process that utilizes data to inform planning and to document progress. This process promotes the center goals of enhancing research and grant productivity, supporting academic and professional learning, and expanding the reach of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. CIEES believes that school outcomes are enmeshed with the families, communities, and cultures within which they stand and endeavors to represent the voices of all members.