Professional Development

for Collaborative Capacity Building

Evaluation Services

for Program or Project Evaluations

For more information on partnering with the CEWRC for professional development or evaluation services contact Mary Avalos.


Professional Development

Training and Professional Development for Collaborative Capacity Building

The CEWRC’s collaborative capacity building is achieved through professional development and training opportunities for community-based personnel in public schools, NGOs, or nonprofit organizations.

Classrooms of Tomorrow (CoT)

Made possible by a generous gift from the J. S. and O. Watt Classrooms of Tomorrow Fund, the current focus for the CoT professional development is a micro-credential for Teacher and Student Well-being in Schools. The Teacher Well-being Micro-credential consists of three badges for K-12 school teachers and leadership that sequentially build on each other to promote knowledge and practices of emotional intelligence for teachers. Future plans include developing a micro-credential for teachers to learn/implement practices for student well-being and a micro-credential for leading efforts to improve well-being at the school and community levels within school contexts. The Micro-credential curriculum is being piloted during 2022 with wider enrollment opportunities planned for 2023.

Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute

The Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute is a joint professional development effort of the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Named after Zelda Glazer and Eveleen Lorton, two of the original co-founders, the Writing Institute has served M-DCPS teachers and their students since 1984. Part of the magic of the Writing Institute lies in its philosophy that in order to be an effective teacher of writing, teachers do just that; they write. They learn about writing from some of the country’s leading experts and then they write and share what they have created with their classmates. Each day brings new presenters and new purposes for writing. Each day there are more reasons for writing, for sharing, and for writing again. Learn more.

Holocaust Teacher Institute

It is the purpose of the sessions of the Institute to enhance for the participants the following:

  • Knowledge of the history of the Holocaust, its accurate and precise documentation, timeline of events, glossary, and historical relevance to society today.
  • Awareness of the major critical ethical and moral issues raised in the study of the Holocaust through institute participation dialogue and literature analysis.
  • Ability for developing sound pedagogical practices for teaching the Holocaust in all grade levels where appropriate.
  • Familiarity with the wealth and scope of primary historical documents, literature, materials, and resources that will augment a study of the Holocaust.
  • Understanding of the Holocaust and its implications for today, by meeting Holocaust survivors and hearing their first-hand testimony, how they survived and persevered.

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A Novel Curriculum Designed to Improve Physical, Psychological, and Educational Well-Being in Underserved Youth

The burden of health disparities has currently skyrocketed with an estimated $93 billion in excess medical costs, $42 billion in lost productivity, and glaring economic hardship. In youth, diet-and exercise-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension have become increasingly more prevalent, particularly among minority populations. Since nutrition and regular physical exercise impact so many aspects of one’s health and well-being, our approach is to use an integrative team of experts working collaboratively across disciplines to address each of three essential elements critical to health and well-being: physical, psychological, and educational. Our plan is to use a modified conceptual model highlighting format, delivery, and a sociocultural perspective (shared knowledge, beliefs, and goals common to a group) to develop an inspiring interdisciplinary curriculum for underserved middle school adolescents. The program, made possible by the School of Education and Human Development EPIC grant, is being developed across three different SEHD departments and will be piloted in Spring 2023.

Evaluation Services

The CEWRC offers evaluation services for program or project evaluations that align with the Center's vision and mission. For more information, or for a quote or evaluation services, please contact Mary Avalos at

Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology

Contact Dr. Arlette Perry at ( for more information on:

  1. Cardiovascular Fitness Test
    Stress Test using Metabolic Cart to determine Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  2. Body Composition Test
    Determine % body fat, lean tissue, intra-abdominal fat
  3. Respiratory Fitness
    Lung Function Test
  4. Nutrition Evaluation
    2-day Dietary Analysis of Macro and Micronutrients
  5. General Physical Fitness Testing
    Flexibility, Lower Body Strength, Power, Aerobic Fitness