Connection. Innovation. Optimism.
Welcome to the Aspire Institute, which is part of the Office of Sponsored Programs. We're Wheelock's innovation hub—where ideas lead to impact. At Aspire, we believe cross-disciplinary, cross-sector collaboration can solve society's toughest problems.
Our mission is to advance knowledge and solutions in response to social and educational challenges. To fulfill this mission, we collaborate with Wheelock faculty, staff, and community partners to envision and develop effective policy and practice in the fields of education, child and human development, and health and wellness.
Three core values guide our work:
Connection to engage and strengthen communities
Innovation to explore and expand what is possible
Optimism to act with energy and hope for the future.
Our programs include:
- Connected Beginnings Training Institute
- Equity and Access in Education
- Developing Instructional Delivery Models
- The Teacher Support Program
Our initiatives are as creative and diverse as our partners. We encourage you to explore our current and past projects—and to be in touch with your ideas!
The STEM Activity App provides engaging, family-friendly activities in science, technology, engineering and math.STEM Activity App »
PreK-5th grade teachers work with an experienced educator to engage a personalized mentoring plan.Teacher Mentors »
Connected Beginnings Training Institute »
Working from a framework of critical cultural competency, participants in this module explore how their own cultural lenses influence teaching, planning and relationships with students.Teacher Support Project »
PreK-2nd grade teachers engage in three competency-based hybrid professional development modules, in order to gain content knowledge and develop instructional skills.Aspire Teacher Support Project »