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About the Adam Institute

The Adam Institute has a special charge, based on the Adam bequest, to develop, support, and understand teaching that puts all students, especially those who are underprepared and underrepresented, on a path to college. In meeting this goal, the Institute strives to develop and understand powerful models of urban teacher preparation, teaching practice, and college-going learning cultures which are based as much in communities as schools. This innovative work occurs primarily in collaboration with partner schools in Worcester's Main South neighborhood.


To serve its vision, mission and values, the Adam Institute supports the following:

Partnership Community

The Adam Institute is a reflective partnership community. The main staff of the Institute—the director, professors of practice, program coordinator, the Main South College Success Coordinator, and Adam Teacher Fellows—join with partner school teachers and principals and the Hiatt Center for Urban Education to implement the Master of Arts in Teaching program and to develop and understand powerful teaching practice and college-going cultures for all students.

The Main South College Success Coordinator works with partner schools, neighborhood students, Clark students, and community partners to build and coordinate in-school and out-of-school academic development and college readiness programs.

The Institute aligns closely with Clark's Hiatt Center for Urban Education and Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, as well as other likeminded partners.

The Adam Institute and the Hiatt Center for Urban Education

The Adam Institute inherits most of the work done in the name of Clark's Hiatt Center for Urban Education for almost two decades prior to 2012. The work of the internationally recognized Hiatt Center began with the premise that university-school partnerships that dynamically bring together their respective realms of expertise can inform the development of powerful models of teacher education and schooling. Refocused, the Hiatt Center works hand in hand with the Adam Institute, aiming to shed light on powerful teaching and learning through collaborative university-school-neighborhood research.

Hiatt Center's accomplishments, in particular the success of University Park Campus School, led to the Adam bequest in 2010 by Jack Adam, a graduate in the 1930s of one of our partner schools, Worcester's South High School. Adam acknowledged that he might not have gone to college had his mind not been awakened by a teacher who saw more in him than he did in himself at the time.