Mission and Focus of The Education Alliance

The Education Alliance at Brown University is a reform support organization committed to advancing equitable educational opportunities that prepare all student populations to succeed in the 21st century.  Our mission is to enhance learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students.  We build partnerships with communities and educational organizations to apply research and transform instructional practice. We design and deliver expert services around data collection and analysis, professional learning, and research and evaluation.

School enrollment patterns show an increasingly diverse student population..School enrollment patterns show an increasingly diverse student population..

Since 1975, we have partnered with schools, districts and state departments of education to apply research findings in developing solutions to educational challenges. We focus on district and school improvement with special attention to underperformance and issues of equity and diversity.

For more detailed information on the kinds of opportunities we offer, see Professional Learning Services, Research and Evaluation, and Graduate Programs. For a listing of products from current and past projects, see our Publications.

Engagement with Stakeholders

Jointly engaging with district and school leaders and staff is essential to supporting sustainable improvements in teaching and learning: Building upon our systems-based approach, we understand that district actions and policies impact local school improvement efforts. Similarly, we know that school improvement efforts ultimately involve interaction with teachers and students. As a result, we engage in a strategic mix of district- and school-based improvement efforts. Although we may have different entry points, our approach entails that we work with stakeholders across the system, including district leaders, school administrators, teachers and staff, and parents and community members.

Alignment of Research with Policies/Directives

We work to align research findings and federal and state policy with the contingencies of local contexts. Local contexts vary greatly in availability of resources and contextual supports as they seek to adapt to the findings of research or the dictates of federal and state policy. We strive to align research and policy directions with local circumstances so that our strategies and suggested recommendations are feasible, practical and meaningful.

Flexible, Differentiated Services

Because districts, like teachers and students, have different learning needs and ways of working together, it is important that we have a flexible approach and are able to provide information in multiple formats and through different mechanisms—e.g., through technology, via workshops and professional development, network building, ongoing assistance and consultation, and evaluation.