Racial Equity and Student Centered Learning: Applying a Community-Informed Racial Equity Lens to Student-Centered Learning

Noe Medina, Neil Schiavo, Katrina Bledsoe, Jessica Brett, Sarah Jerome, Anne Wang

December 2020

This report examines how racial equity strategies and student-centered learning practices could be integrated to combat racism and racial inequities in education. It delves into racial equity issues as described by community stakeholders, exploring issues such as a lack of diversity in school staff, inequitable student disciplinary processes, and more. The report then goes on to summarize themes in responses to the student-centered learning framework as a strategy for racial equity in education. Finally, the report concludes by summarizing the findings from Phase 1 of the Racial Equity and Student-Centered Learning Project and by setting up questions for Phase 2.

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The Better Math Teaching Network: Lessons Learned from Year 3

Toni Smith, Kirk Walters, Melinda Griffin, Victoria Lennon, Zipporah Sanders


This report presents key lessons from the third year of the Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN), a networked improvement community aimed at improving student-centered instructional practices. As a networked improvement community, BMTN educators use a collaborative work approach and quick-cycle testing to refine instructional routines, adjusting and adapting to the results of their work as needed. This report dives into how these educators were able to test change ideas over the course of the 2018-19 school year, and key findings related to the importance of network-created resources, the Network's success in engaging students, and more.

Better Math Teaching Network Year 2 Resources

Katie Bayerl, Jennifer Zoltners-Sherer, Jennifer Iriti, Jennifer Lin Russel, Christopher Matthis, Courtney Long, Toni Smith, Kirk Walters, Victoria Lennon, Burhan Ogut, Melinda Griffin


This collection of research reports focuses on the findings and data from the second year of the Better Math Teaching Network, including a summary of years one and two, a developmental report on year two, and lessons learned from year two. The reports highlight a continued high engagement level from teachers, increased opportunities for student engagement, continued deepening of student-centered instruction and overall progress made towards the Better Math Teaching Network's aim. In addition, the reports uplift the importance of experienced Network teachers as key to sharing the work of the network and accelerating the progress of newer Network teachers.

Youth Leadership Institute Evaluation Report


June 19, 2020

This evaluation report explores the evolution of the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an annual convening of youth leaders, youth organizers, adult allies, and educators from across New England. The report closely examines the first several years of YLI, tracking its growth and challenges through the eyes of youth, adult allies, and Nellie Mae staff. The end of the report presents findings from the evolution of YLI, including lessons on convening youth-led meetings, fostering youth-adult partnerships, and how funders can support youth voices.

Measuring and Improving Student-Centered Learning Toolkit


June 2020

The Measuring and Improving Student-Centered Learning (MISCL) Toolkit is designed to help school practitioners or other stakeholders measure, understand and reflect upon the extent of student-centered learning (SCL) in high schools. It enables data collection on SCL through surveys and other measures and from a range of participants, including district and school leaders, instructional staff and high school students.

Testing Change Ideas in Real Time

Katie Bayerl

March 2020

This report summarizes the practices and findings of the pilot year of Student-Centered Assessment Network (SCAN), which used real-time testing to determine effective and engaging classroom assessment practices for students.

Teaching and Learning with Technology in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

University of Massachusetts Boston

August 2019

We know that English Learner (EL) students are an incredibly diverse group, and that meeting their needs requires an understanding

Student-Centered Learning Continuum

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

July 2019

The Nellie Mae team has been working hand in hand with teachers, school leaders, and researchers to develop a set

Building Power: One Foundation’s Story of Funding Grassroots Organizing and Engagement


June 2019

This is the story of Nellie Mae's grassroots organizing and engagement funding.

Teaching and Learning with Technology in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms Copy

University of Massachusetts Boston


We know that English Learner (EL) students are an incredibly diverse group, and that meeting their needs requires an understanding

The Better Math Teaching Network Year One: Developmental Evaluation Report

Partners for Network Improvement (PNI) at University of Pittsburgh


This report outlines findings from the first year of the developmental evaluation of the Better Math Teaching Network.

Supporting Youth Organizing: A Tale of Unexpected Insights



Here's how funders can best support youth-led organizations.

Youth Organizing: A Model for Change



Here's how different models of youth organizing can support sustainable change.

The Better Math Teaching Network: Lessons Learned from the First Year

American Institutes for Research


What are key findings from the Better Math Teaching Network's first full year of implementation?

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education



How can the education field best advance through the next wave of competency-based learning innovation and implementation?

The Landscape Analysis of Personalized Learning in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech (MAPLE) Consortium


What does personalized learning look like in Massachusetts public schools?

Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education

Jobs for the Future and the Council of Chief State School Officers


What knowledge, skills, and dispositions must leaders master in order to build student-centered schools and learning environments?

CBE 360 Survey Toolkit

American Institutes for Research (AIR)


This toolkit is designed to help schools and districts gather high-quality formative data to gauge progress towards and guide improvement efforts across various stages of competency education implementation. 

How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform

Lacy Wood and Emily Bauman


What are the key components (practices, challenges, conditions, goals, and outcomes) of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform?