NEWS & UPDATES
Assessing National K12 Priorities | Introducing The Hub | Team Updates
As 2022 comes to a close, we at EduDream are reflecting on what 2023 will bring for students who are now back in school for their second year of “normal” in-person learning. How are children really doing - academically, socially, and emotionally? In 20 years, will we be proud of how we collectively supported students in the aftermath of the pandemic? Which students continue to lack access to educational opportunities? What pandemic-engendered school innovations have taken hold or still have the potential to take hold, and what are we collectively doing to elevate these new approaches to accelerate student learning and well-being?
EduDream and many others are calling for education leaders to explore and implement innovative accountability and assessment systems that better reflect our shared educational priorities at the local, state, and federal levels. What are our educational priorities in the current national context, and how can we better assess those?
EduDream Co-Founders, Michelle Oliva and Monica Martinez share 4 questions we should ask to determine those priorities and how EduDream's The Hub will inform equity-centered education policy to develop innovative systems of accountability and assessment...Continue Reading
A Clear Mission | Supporting High School Students | Celebrating 6 Years
Last winter, the EduDream team stepped away from client work and day-to-day life demands for a one-week retreat to reflect and plan forward. This included revisiting EduDream’s mission, vision, and core values. During the retreat, we reflected on questions such as, "Why does EduDream exist?" and "What is EduDream’s intended impact or desired outcome?"
The retreat gave us the space and time to reframe our mission and vision statements. We left with a clearer mission, though our vision is the same.
In fall 2021, EduDream partnered with the Partnership to co-create an evaluation plan. Read more about this client spotlight, and the Chicago Women/Womxn: Lift & Lead interview series, which EduDream co-founder, Monica Martinez participated in March 2022.
New Report Series | Standards-Based Reform: Successes, Unintended Consequences, Equity Challenges and Approaches
Today, EduDream releases three reports on the Standards-Based Reform (SBR) movement and its impact on United States education. Through a three-part evidence synthesis series, EduDream explores:
To what extent did Standards-Based Reform address structural inequities in education?
In what ways was the movement successful?
What were the movement's unintended consequences and equity challenges?
How are districts implementing equitable approaches to address these challenges?
For decades, the SBR movement informed education policy and shaped debates about public education including teacher preparation, curriculum and assessment, and accountability measures for educators, schools, and districts. As policymakers and education leaders consider the future direction of federal education policy, they will need to closely examine the unintended consequences and pushbacks presented in the reports.
Fall 2021 Newsletter: Partnerships | New Team Members | Upcoming Report
The morning air is getting crisper -a subtle reminder of seasons changing. And yet, the last 18 months have been filled with not only change but unpredictability. Students and teachers returned to school for the second year during the COVID pandemic. Some employers shifted from remote to in-office working. EduDream has remained remote and committed to its mission: to advance educational equity through research, evaluation, strategic planning and data analytics and insights.
Over the past 10 months, we've had the honor to partner with Community Guilds, College Advising Corps, The Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University Chicago, and Kansas Health Foundation. Our services have helped these organizations strengthen data culture and use, assess needs, develop a strategic plan, and begin a developmental evaluation. The EduDream team looks forward to new and continued partnerships.
EduDream's First 5 Years
On May 5, 2016, we launched EduDream to provide representative leadership, center equity, and elevate voices that are often silenced. We have grown and evolved as leaders and partners while remaining true to our core values and mission: to advance educational equity for racially and economically diverse students and communities. We have forged strong relationships with clients, as reflected in our returning clients and referrals. In five years, we have partnered with 25 clients on 40+ projects in education research, evaluation, and strategic planning. Thank you for entrusting us!
EduDream Equity Toolkit + White Paper
We started 2021 with a new administration that plans to prioritize racial justice and equity. The White House executive order to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities is a signal that this issue is top of mind for the Biden-Harris administration. However, the real and tough work is still ahead. Today, EduDream releases In Pursuit of Racial Equity: A Pathway for Action and Transformation in Education.
Research for the white paper led to development of the EduDream Equity Toolkit (EET), a suite of tools with a cohesive process for district and school teams to not only uncover inequitable practices and policies, but also create equity-centered action plans.
A Message from EduDream
This year has affirmed the vast inequities that have been flying under the radar for too long. COVID-19 exposed racial disparities in the U.S. health and education systems. Another more troubling virus, systemic racism, pushes black and brown boys from schools into prisons and leaves communities of color living with preventable diseases. In the last few months, we learned of the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and then George Floyd. We are deeply saddened and frustrated. We believe Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with Black communities.
Over the last two weeks, we have been processing the events that have unfolded across the country. This has led to vulnerable conversations about colorism and racism within Latinx communities. There is much to undo in how we were raised and the social constructs imposed upon us. In order to combat racism, we must acknowledge our own biases and actions that deny access and opportunity for Black communities. We also continue to read, listen and learn from Black racial justice advocates. As researchers, we play a role in shining a light on racial inequities and calling attention to root causes of disparities. Read more