EduDream is a Latina owned education research and consulting firm that partners with non-profits, foundations, and education agencies working to ensure educational equity for racially and economically diverse students.
Our mission is to rewrite the educational opportunities, experiences and outcomes of all students, especially students of color. We advance our mission by engaging in research, evaluation, and strategic planning that helps education leaders and partners uncover systemic issues, explain program impact, and leverage evidence to drive strategy and decision-making.
In many ways, the impetus for launching both EduDream emerged from the founders’ professional experiences collaborating on evaluation projects that lacked cultural responsiveness, dismissed equitable evaluation practices, or included people of color on evaluation teams to convey diversity but without deep and deliberate engagement for these perspectives. Read more about our history.
Our core values reflect our beliefs and guide our daily work.
Possibility. We believe access to educational opportunities can create lifelong impact and lead to endless possibilities. We are living proof.
Respect. We believe in mutual respect and trust.
Diversity. We value diversity in informing our views and work.
Results. We deliver useful data, innovative solutions and practical tools that impact teaching and learning so that every student is supported, engaged and prepared to learn to his or her full potential.
Monica Martinez, Co-Founder
Monica Martinez oversees EduDream’s quantitative research portfolio, leading analyses of quantitative datasets and working with partners to examining program and policy impact. Recently, she conducted a landscape analysis and research report for a non-profit focused on postsecondary attainment and pathways to college and careers for first generation and low-income students in the Chicagoland region.
Monica has over twelve years of experience working in a variety of organizations helping strengthen analytical capacity and the use of data to inform decision-making. Her cross-cutting professional experience includes working for non-profits, the City of New York, and as a district administrator. She is well-versed in research methodologies from applied research experience that includes developing evaluation designs, establishing impact metrics, developing data collection tools, and reporting for various audiences.
A daughter of immigrants, Monica experienced the power of education in transforming her future. Her high school to college transition had a profound impact and has influenced her career to date. She is passionate about improving access to educational opportunities so all children learn, grow, and achieve their dreams.
Monica earned a master's degree in public administration
from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and undergraduate degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in written and conversational Spanish.
Michelle Oliva, Co-Founder
Michelle Oliva oversees EduDream’s qualitative research work, helping partners and clients understand perception data and unpack the contextual factors that may explain a program or policy’s impact, strengths and challenges. She leads analysis of perception data and policy implementation, and supports data analytics.
Michelle has over a decade of experience conducting collaborative research, program evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance at the federal, state and local levels. Her experience includes leading high-profile research and evaluation, engaging in researcher-practitioner partnerships, and providing technical assistance in research and data use. She has evaluated programs addressing teacher quality, school leadership, school turnaround, and equitable access and funding for early childhood education. Michelle has worked at some of the nation's most renowned think tanks and research institutions including the National Opinion Research Center, Learning Point Associates (REL Midwest) and the American Institutes for Research.
Michelle's passion for more equitable education experiences for all students stems from her personal experiences as a product of the Chicago Public Schools, daughter of immigrants, and first-generation college student.
Michelle earned a master’s degree in social sciences and undergraduate degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in written and conversational Spanish.
Shaun Bhatia supports EduDream projects as a quantitative research consultant, assisting in the collection, organization, and analysis of education-based data.
During the course of his research career, spanning through academia, industry, and NGO sectors, Shaun has developed an appreciation for the complex role education inequity occupies in the social ecology. Obtaining his bachelor’s in statistics and psychology and master’s in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Shaun has used these lenses to quantitatively explore how education disparity can affect health in the community.
After time as a researcher with the Cure Violence and SAFE Children initiatives at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Shaun joined the Center for Community Research at DePaul University in Chicago as a project director. He is concurrently pursuing his doctoral degree at DePaul, where his research interests focus on the intersection between community violence prevention and school-based interventions, with an emphasis in quantitative methodology and statistics.
Dr. Brenna O'Brien supports EduDream projects as a qualitative research consultant, assisting in the organization, coding and analysis of primary data such as interviews and focus groups. Brenna is a Chicago-based researcher, writer, and communications director focused on equity and social justice.
Brenna previously was a Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research, with over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, designing and conducting interviews and focus groups, qualitative data analysis, and report writing.
She earned her BA in Secondary Education and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, and her MS Ed and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kansas.
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