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The Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC)

The Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) brings together researchers, data and policy analysts, and community organizers to provide critical research, data, policy and strategic support for the education justice movement.

EJ-ROC aims to democratize education data, research and policy, maximize the synergy between research and community organizing, magnify the voices of grassroots communities of color, and advance the capacity of organizing efforts to design solutions, make demands, and sustain policy wins. EJ-ROC builds on the long tradition of movement-driven, community-derived research and uses an explicit racial justice lens in its two main areas of work:

Rapid-Response Research

  • On-demand research and data analysis, policy briefs, fact checks, fact sheets and infographics, generated within the fast-moving timeline of organizing campaigns
  • Original research driven by parent, youth and community concerns and insights, and tied directly to grassroots organizing campaigns

Strategic Assistance

  • Technical support for education organizing groups to employ campaign strategies and leadership development that help win research-based education policies
  • Training and support for coalition-building between organized parents, youth, teachers and other education stakeholders

Tools and Resources

EJ-ROC Policy Hub

The Policy Hub is a collection of short, accessible research briefs on topics essential to education equity. Each 2-3 page brief includes research evidence, key takeaways, helpful research links, and best examples of policy and practice.

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard

The Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard was designed to help parents, teachers, students, and community members determine the extent to which their schools’ English Language Arts curricula are culturally responsive.

Is NYC Preparing Teachers to Be Culturally Responsive? Data Snapshot

In this volatile political time when racism and bias are increasingly visible in politics and the media, young people are looking to schools to help them understand the world and themselves.

New York City Education Organizing Capacity Building

Provide research, training, and logistical support to parent and youth organizing groups in NYC


NYU Metro Center Hosts CRC Scorecard Event with NYC DOE

Recently, Metro's Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative partnered with New York City Coalition for Educational Justice & the NYC Department of Education to use the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard

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NYU Metro Center Analyzes Data for AQE Report

NYU Metro's Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative partnered with Alliance for Quality Education to complete a data analysis for a new report, Systemic Racism and New York State’s School to Prison Pipeline.

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