The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is a comprehensive, university-based center that focuses on educational research, policy, and practice. We are a partner and resource at the local and national levels in strengthening and improving access, opportunity, and the quality of education in our schools.
NYU Metro Center's ongoing commitment to promoting educational equity and confronting anti-Black racism and white supremacy has spanned four decades. As we have pursued this work, a difficult truth has emerged: white people have internalized messages, attitudes, and beliefs about white supremacy, regardless of their intentions or awareness, and often act to perpetuate racial hierarchies in our schools and communities. As Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian descendant people work to disrupt systemic racism and challenge white people to act, many white people are seeking opportunities to expose supremacist ideologies and practice anti-racism. To support all these efforts, NYU’s Metro Center introduces an Anti-Racist and Critical Whiteness Initiative.
Expertise in parent and community organizing and coalition building for racial justice in education, quick turnaround data and research support, culturally responsive-sustainable education (CRSE), and in anti-racist training, coaching, and skills-building for public school parents and parent groups, especially for white parents committed to becoming antiracist.
National expertise in working with stakeholders in educational communities and other organizations to operationalize critical change around race, power, and privilege.
Expertise in youth development, community coalition building & policy design
We support program and policy work through a portfolio of solutions that enable professionals to build capacity, develop effective evidence-based strategies and approaches, develop innovative applications and engage the appropriate key persons within the landscape, culture and local context of the organizations. We work with intimately with clients, customizing solutions to situated issues through timely, creative, and personalized responses.
The Center 's Research and Evaluation unit conducts applied research and evaluation studies focused on promoting positive educational outcomes for youth. With close to 40 years of evaluation experience, we customize our work to help partners answer critical questions of impact, outcome, and results based on thick and rich points of evidence. Our goal is to use research to inform educational policies and practices at federal, state, local, and programmatic levels. Our Center for Research and Evaluation works in three related domains: (1) large, medium, and small scale program evaluations and audits, (2) educational research, and (3) internal NYU Metro Center research and evaluations.
Our professional development programs frame interactive practices, techniques, and strategies around concepts grounded in the most current research on student performance, teacher capacity, parent engagement and empowerment, immigrant transitional education, cultural and linguistic diversity, gender identity constructs, academic abilities and engagement, teacher and student career pathways, and community stakeholder models.
Research and Development
NYU Metro Center staff of social scientists, educators, and program directors develops and designs reseach-driven programs that focus on the collection of high-quality data and the implementation of accountability systems and evaluative measures.
Review and Recommendations
We provide a framework and services for enabling organizations, community groups, advocacy partners, and others to engage in systematic review of their individual organizations' missions, goals, and strategies. This work is at the core of the organizations we support. We also provide toolkits that assist in addressing gaps in the assessment of the impact of an organization's current programs and offer strategies for developing constructs for improvement, further study, and research.
We work with school districts and states to build capacity of district and state personnel to understand root causes of achievement differentials between varied groups of students and to systematically address these gaps. In so doing, we provide training, coaching, follow-up, material and resource support to transform schools and student outcomes.
Teachers matter! The evolutionary nature of learning for our students demands that teachers are afforded the opportunity to engage in a continuous cycle of learning. While many of our teaching colleagues have a wealth of experience, experience must always evolve and be channeled to meet the ever-changing needs of contingent learning environments, communities, and cultures.
The goal of the ASD Nest Support Project is to advance the development and implementation of educational solutions for children living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Provides tactical support, applied research, and collaborative problem-solving to schools in the United States and abroad as well as agencies outside education
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.
Offers technical assistance, professional development and resource materials that strengthens the teaching and learning of students of English as a new language, and students of languages other than English.
I3 works with districts, schools, and communities in the United States and beyond to design and develop innovative and equitable solutions to educational segregation.
The Innovations in Equity and Systemic Change (IESC) provides professional development, technical assistance, and consultancy to educational institutions in general and special education.
A think-and-do tank that draws from the science of human connection in order to create a more just and humane world.
A free, community-based, trauma-informed, girls only program that is being implemented and evaluated as part of a New York University study.