Research

FASCT

CUSP is involved in ongoing research on multiple levels. The largest research initiative is based on Framework for Accelerating Strategic Comprehension of Text (FASCT) our text structure based reading comprehension and literacy framework that integrates content and strategies to improve reading comprehension by teaching children how to select and encode strategic memory structures.

FASCT is a text structure based reading comprehension and literacy framework that integrates content and strategies to improve reading comprehension by teaching children how to select and encode strategic memory structures.  Children learn how to utilize these strong memory structures to recall, infer, elaborate, apply, and write to inform, persuade, or argue using text structure. The text structures are useful to learn in all content areas (e.g., science, social studies, sports, current events).

Five text structures typically organize all expository texts (with individual or nested structures). They are: Comparison, Problem and Solution, Cause and Effect, Sequence, and Description. The FASCT lessons presented in this series facilitate comprehension and application using eight targeted facilitators/skills.

The web-based ITSS lessons provide instruction for each child that supports their understanding of the five text structures. Students learn to summarize, elaborate, infer, apply, and write using text structure.

Journal

The journal created a venue to feature cutting edge research related to urban schools and practices. Our peer reviewed journal is made possible through a partnership with Texas Southern University and CUSP, and funds from the Houston Endowment. Each year the journal features two special issues related to specific topics such as research on:

  • The over-representation of Students of Color in Special Education
  • Urban education issues dealing with college students, high school teens, 
  • Opportunities to learn
  • Excellence and equity

The research that comes to CUSP for publication in the journal is sent for blind-review by experts in the field and represents current work in schools and the field of urban education.