Message from the Executive Director

The Metro Center is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence for all children, promoting equity particularly for young people from groups that historically have been underrepresented in college. We do this by providing direct services to public schools in the form of professional development and tutoring, by providing technical assistance to school districts and state departments of education on matters pertaining to education policy, and through applied and basic research. Our primary goal is to play a role at the local and national levels in strengthening and improving the quality of public education. In addition to these activities, the Metro Center sponsors conferences and professional development training for educators, researchers, and policy makers that are designed to disseminate the latest research and information on relevant social and economic trends affecting children and schools and on best practices in the field of education.

Despite their many flaws and shortcomings, public schools continue to be the most accessible social institutions for poor children in the United States. For many children, they are also the only source of opportunity for upward mobility and access to a better life. The Metro Center is dedicated to supporting these vital social institutions through all of its programs and activities. We seek to serve as a partner and a resource to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policy makers who are on the front lines of efforts to find solutions to the challenges confronting public schools. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.


Pedro Noguera
Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools