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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

Latest from EJ-ROC

Revisiting and Learning from the Legacy of Black Communities’ Education for Liberation Efforts

For centuries, Black people have spearheaded education for liberation, saving themselves and radically transforming America, leading us all to a more just society. This three-part blog series seeks to share this vital history as a guide and inspiration for liberatory education.

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecards

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.

CRE Hub: Research & Resources

A multimedia site that provides critical research, communications materials, and organizing toolkits for educators, parents, students, community members, and district leaders to build the movement for culturally responsive education. Here you can find evidence of the proven effectiveness of culturally responsive education and ethnic studies in schools.

Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard Toolkit

This tool provides key questions that Scorecard facilitators (and those accountable for moving classrooms and schools toward cultural responsiveness) should address as they prepare for their next steps. The questions are designed to encourage a critical reflection on the process of scoring, identifying systemic barriers, opportunities, and supports for CRE curriculum, considerations for getting to CRE curriculum, and planning next steps.

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.

CRE Guidebook

Transforming Our Public Schools: A Guidebook to Culturally Responsive Education is a colorful, accessible guide to what culturally responsive education looks like in the classroom, instruction, school climate, and family & community engagement.


Metro Center and EJ-ROC created guidance on culturally responsive remote learning and parent engagement

NYU Steinhardt's Metro Center and EJ-ROC created guidance on culturally responsive remote learning and parent engagement. Read more on Metro's Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) Hub.

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EJ-ROC partnered with Chalkbeat to survey NYC students on their priorities for schooling during COVID-19.

The report explores student responses from a survey of New York City K-12 students about the reopening of schools for Fall 2020.

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