Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness To Be Established with $1M IES Grant

Boston University School of Education is proud to announce the establishment of the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR). The MICCR will be established with a $1 million grant awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The MICCR will “promote working alliances between researchers and policymakers in the use and interpretation of data and evidence to guide decision-making and student outcomes.” The partnerships fostered through the MICCR will  work to improve education outcomes and to better prepare Massachusetts students for higher education and future careers. The MICCR will provide policymakers a place to learn “what works” from researchers in the field before enacting specific reforms.The overarching goal of the MICCR is “to strengthen reform efforts in high need communities with histories of poor school performance.”

The MICCR developed through the collaboration of Boston University School of Education, MassInc’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute (GCII), and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. These three organizations also worked in close partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The MICCR will increase the capacity of Massachusetts policymakers to utilize available research when developing state education policies. The MICCR will operate under the following principles:

  1. Ensuring youth possess the skills and dispositions needed to enter and complete a post-high school credential or degree is critical to becoming employable, and has long term consequences for economic growth and sustainability.
  2. The Massachusetts Commonwealth must respond to societal trends to endure college and career readiness for all students.
  3. Local policymakers face a number of important questions when implementing education legislation.
  4. Policymakers can enact more effective state policies with direct support from researchers in the field.

MICCR will recruit of policymakers operating in Massachusetts Gateway Cities, as well as qualified researchers whose experience and interest align with local policy priorities focused on ensuring all students are college and career ready.

The MICCR will be lead by lead by a team of personnel from Boston University School of Education, MassInc’s GCII, and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy:

  • V. Scott Solberg, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Counseling and Human Development, Boston University
  • Chad D’Entremont, PhD, Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
  • Benjamin Forman, M.A., Director of Research and Executive Director, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, MassINC (Time on Project: 17% Calendar Year; 2.04 months).
  • Carrie Conaway, M.A., Associate Commissioner for Planning, Research and Delivery Systems, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Geoffrey Borman, PhD, Professor, Wisconsin Center for Education Research School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cindy Walker, PhD., Associate Dean for Research and Engaged Scholarship, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Director, Consulting Office for Research and Evaluation, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Richard Lapan, PhD, Professor, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Boston University School of Education looks forward to working with the MassInc’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy.

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