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Welcome to Johns Hopkins University's
Center for Social Organization of Schools.

Founded more than 50 years ago at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS), now part of the Hopkins’ School of Education, concentrates its considerable research and development resources on improving low-performing schools and the education they offer their students.

The Center maintains a staff of full-time sociologists, psychologists, social psychologists, and educators who conduct programmatic research to improve the education system, as well as full-time support staff engaged in developing curricula and providing technical assistance to help schools use the center's research.



CSOS at 50

Going Back to the Basics
October 2017
Over fifty years ago, James Coleman and Edward McDill established the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS). They were eager to delve deeper into the findings of the Equality of Educational Opportunity (EEO) Report (also called the “Coleman Report”), which indicated that students’ social and economic backgrounds had more impact on their academic achievement than the actual school they attended. Since then, CSOS researchers have aimed to conduct rigorous social scientific research on the social organization of schools to understand the educational structures and processes that would enable all students to succeed in school. Researchers learned that not only did schools’ tangible and intangible resources affect academic success....read more.

Working in One’s Own Backyard
September 2017
In graduate school, I worked as the liaison for a multi-year federal research study at my neighborhood school. I knew walking to work would be great; what I didn’t know was that—especially after I became a parent—it would reorient my priorities as a researcher. The job required brief visits to the school to drop off or pick up materials and check in on things, occasionally on short notice, and sometimes I would bring the baby with me. She always got a great reaction from the school’s staff, but she also changed how I reacted to the school itself. As I carried her through the halls of the school, I realized that the school was not just any school, but could be her school someday....read more.

Did You Do Your Homework?
August 2017
Did you do your homework? This is one of the most common questions that parents1 ask children every day. Parents, teachers, and even students agree that homework is important. Countless research studies confirm that students who do their homework do better in school, have higher achievement, progress through the grades, compared to similar students who do not do their homework. Studies also report that many parents, students, and even teachers say that the quality of homework is poor, uninteresting, or just busy work. These contrasting realities—homework is important and homework needs to improve—both true—guide our research and design of homework....read more.

A BERC Research-Practice Question: Are High School Graduates Ready for College?
July 2017
The Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) has faculty working in programs focused on school improvement at all stages of the educational trajectory, from early childhood to young adulthood. Perhaps not coincidentally, the structure of many CSOS projects mirrors federal and state accountability expectations—e.g., all four-year olds should be enrolled in quality pre-K programs; all kindergarteners should arrive ready to learn; there should be quality teachers in all 1st through 12th grade classrooms, and so on....read more.

Reading Research at CSOS: Connections to the Past and a View of the Future
June 2017
The 50th anniversary of CSOS provides the opportunity to examine how my current research on reading motivation and achievement connects to and was made possible by foundational work at the Center as well as contemplating future directions for reading research at CSOS...read more.

BERC and the Promise of Research-Practice Partnerships
May 2017
The Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) is a special example of a Research Practice Partnership—one of many currently developing across the country. Our partnership began in the mid-90s when the late Sam Stringfield, a CSOS faculty member, was on the Baltimore City School Board. As part of that relationship, data and research-practice sharing began between the district research office and Sam and his research team...read more.

The Path from Velvet Rope Lines to Diplomas Now and More
April 2017
What makes the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) a special place to work is its combination of two things that do not often occur in the same place: a long-term and dedicated focus on applied research and development in search of answers to some of our nation’s most pressing educational problems, and the ability to provide schools, districts and states with the implementation support needed to use the Center’s evidence-based tools, models, and strategies....read more.

Look Back, Look Around, Look Ahead
March 2017
The Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS) at Johns Hopkins University is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Founded in 1966 by James S. Coleman and Edward L. McDill under the aegis of the United States Office of Education, the Center’s enduring mission is to conduct groundbreaking scientific research that leads to evidence-based school reforms and the dissemination of proven programs for the improvement of the most-needy schools in America.... read more.