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

Founded more than 45 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

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 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 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 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.