Strong and strategic leadership is key to improving schools. Tailoring our support to fit leaders’ contexts, EDC builds capacity to meet the changing challenges of Preschool to Grade 12 education. With schools and districts, state departments of education, and institutes of higher education, we strengthen key systems and facilitate collaboration to meet shared goals to enhance student achievement and well-being.

Our systems change specialists provide applied research and analytic support that helps leaders steer and sustain school improvement by guiding them in using data to identify weaknesses in programs and systems, develop and implement strategic plans, track progress, and inform decision-making. Nationwide, we build leaders’ capacity to collect, analyze, and “decode” the stories that data tell about the success of their efforts to improve student outcomes and advance knowledge of effective strategies to meet school improvement goals.

Interested? Explore our projects, people, and publications, and contact us to find out how we can help you advance your goals to support education leaders in their critical roles.

Featured Projects:

EDC's Quality MeasuresTM Center strengthens partnerships between principal preparation programs and school districts—a key step in preparing effective school leaders and improving chronically low-performing schools—and is continuing its long-term support of Wallace Foundation initiatives, including supporting the expansion of their University Principal Preparation to the state level. Contact Cheryl King.

EDC's Boston Public Schools Consultation has involved us in collaborating with the district to strengthen its educator effectiveness system by developing an Evaluative Feedback Rubric to assess the quality of the written feedback that evaluators provide to teachers who have been identified as needing improvement. Contact Jackie Zweig.

Investing In Innovation (i3)  Fund Technical Assistance engages us in working with Westat to advance the efforts of i3 grantees nationwide by sharing our expertise in teacher leadership, professional development, educational technology, STEM, turning around underperforming schools, educating English learners, and improving school culture and climate. Contact Rebecca Carey.

Local Assessment Resources for Illinois Consultation has involved us in assisting the Illinois State Board of Education by designing resources to advance the state's goals to implement an effective system of teacher and principal evaluation. Contact Karen Shakman or Jackie Zweig.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation Consultation engages our technical assistance specialists in building the capacity of seven urban districts to implement systemic approaches to student-centered learning to enable students to achieve at a higher level and be ready for college and career success. Contact Eliza Fabillar.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation Evaluation engages EDC as an evaluation partner to the Foundation, providing data to guide effective implementation and refinement of its school improvement initiatives. Contact Brian Lord.

REL Northeast & Islands at EDC provides analytic support, develops data collection and analysis tools, and conducts and disseminates cutting-edge research to enable P–16 educators and leaders to use the best available evidence to make decisions that will lead to improved outcomes for students. Contact Jill Weber.

REL Appalachia engages EDC as a collaborator with SRI to provide targeted research on rural math and general analytic support to advance the use of research to improve education in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Contact Karen Shakman or Pam Buffington.

REL Midwest is a collaborative partnership between AIR and EDC. Contributing our expertise in early childhood education and research, our partnership is working to meet the applied education research needs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Contact Heather LaVigne.

Teacher Incentive Fund Technical Assistance involves us in partnering with Westat to build grantees’ capacity related to educator effectiveness, data quality, stakeholder engagement, program evaluation, and sustainability. Contact Karen Shakman.  

Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative engages teams of stakeholders in gathering and analyzing data, identifying challenges and strengths, and developing strategic plans to improve the quality of education for students with disabilities and from underrepresented groups. Contact Lauren Katzman.