Center for Research on Equity and Innovation

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The Center for Research on Equity and Innovation engages practitioners, scholars and youth in critical dialogue and networked improvement efforts addressing complex problems of practice in K-12 education. Our work is guided by the following principles:
Excavate: We critically examine our own beliefs, practices, and the systems in which our students live and work.
Disrupt: We use disciplined inquiry to disrupt predictable patterns of success and failure, and the inequitable practices that perpetuate them.
Design: We design practices and transform systems to create more equitable, engaging learning environments for young people and adults.

Grounded in participatory research, the Center merges professional practice and scholarship to actively improve teaching, learning and leadership in schools.

Within High Tech High, a system of thirteen public charter schools in San Diego County serving a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population, CREI supports faculty in using improvement science practices to help realize the goal that all students achieve deeper learning outcomes and graduate ready for college, career and civic life.

In the past three years, High Tech High has:
  • reduced the gap in honors course completion for students of color from 18% to 2%
  • reduced the gap in failing grades for young men of color from 7% to 1%
  • increased 4-year college attendance from 67% to 73%, cutting in half the gap for low income students (12% to 6%)
  • reduced chronic absenteeism from 11% to 2% at three sites

CREI also supports efforts at HTH to improve literacy, mathematical agency and success, english learner support, new teacher mentoring, the quality of student internships, FAFSA completion, and college persistence.

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