Equity

From remote rural regions to urban centers, students face obstacles that bar the road to their school, college, and career success. Across the U.S. and around the world, EDC helps educators, leaders, and policy-makers tackle these obstacles head-on. Together, we strengthen the preK-12 education system—with a special focus on improving Early Learning, Out-of-School Time, Math, and STEM opportunities—so that all students can power forward to bright futures.

Our experts guide the use of data and evidence-based practices to identify and address opportunity gaps, enhance instruction, foster students’ well-being, and promote high academic achievement. Drawing upon community and family engagement, strategic use of technology, research, evaluation, prevention, and intervention, we advance innovation and foster collaboration to make sure all students get a fair chance.

Interested? Explore our projects, people, and publications, and contact us to find out how we can help you advance your goals to improve the quality and equity of education.

Featured Projects:

Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Course to New York City engages us scaling our advanced placement computer science principles course and related teacher professional development, with equity, inclusion, and sparking interest in careers in computing as central goals. Contact June Mark or Paul Goldenberg.

Design League Badge Portfolios involves us in a collaboration with Mouse to develop and research an innovative credentialing process to document underserved youths’ information and communications technology learning in out-of-school time programs. Contact Jim Diamond.

Designing for Equity by Thinking in and About Mathematics is providing teachers with intensive professional learning that is creating a community of mathematical practice in Pittsburgh devoted to closing the opportunity gap for marginalized high school mathematics students. Contact Eden Badertscher.

Evaluation of the Think College Transition Model engages us in a four-year study of a dual enrollment transition model designed to improve achievement and post-secondary school outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities and autism. Contact Carrie Parker.

Foundations for Inclusive Practice online courses, designed by EDC for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, prepare participants to use evidence-based instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with disabilities and diverse learning styles. Contact Ilene Kantrov.

Ideas: Inventing, Designing, and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum engages EDC and its partners in designing and studying a hybrid formal/informal program to prepare middle school students with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for careers as inventors, designers, and engineers. Contact Babette Moeller or Wendy Martin.

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Evaluation is examining a regional model of “STEM Guides,” mentors who connect rural youth that have few opportunities to explore STEM with resources to enhance their learning and  achievement and open doors to STEM careers. Contact Leslie Goodyear.

Partnership for Early Education Research, a researcher-practitioner partnership focused on improving early learning outcomes, is carrying out a three-year project focused on partnering to support early childhood dual language learners. Contact Clare Irwin.

Providence Education Research Consortium, a researcher-practitioner collaboration with Providence Public Schools, is working to identify and disseminate strategies to improve outcomes for students who are members of underrepresented groups. Contact Julie Riordan.

REL Northeast & Islands led by EDC is providing research and analytic support to advance goals to turnaround the lowest performing schools, reduce opportunity and achievement gaps for English learners, and design new assessments to better inform school improvement efforts. Contact Jill Weber or Julie Riordan.

Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative engages teams of stakeholders in identifying opportunities and adopting strategies to improve the quality of education for students with disabilities and from underrepresented groups. Contact Lauren Katzman.

Virtual Arkansas Consultation engages us in collaborating with teachers from the School for the Deaf in Framingham to develop a second online American Sign Language course for high school students. Contact Ilene Kantrov.