Since the founding of the organization in 1994, the Center for Collaborative Education's work has focused on a vision of equitable, democratic learning environments in which all students can thrive. Our current work focuses on four strategic program areas: District and School Design; Instruction and Assessment; Research, Evaluation and Policy; and Leadership Development. In these areas, CCE works directly with educators and other professionals in schools, districts, and states to increase educational access and opportunity, with particular attention to groups that have historically been underserved and whose voices have been largely absent from education and policy discussions: students of color, low-income populations, and English Language Learners.
The entire CCE staff is fueled by a passion to attain educational equity*—the creation of belief systems and educational policies, practices, and programs, necessary to:
- Provide barrier-free cultures for any student group, particularly students within historically underserved groups, in which respect and dialogue are the norm
- Provide equitable educational opportunities along with differentiated support and resources to ensure that every student, in all subgroups, demonstrates competency over rigorous standards for academic performance
We strive to contribute to planned, systemic strategies that focus on the core of the teaching and learning process (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and culture). We believe that equity encompasses an ongoing process of examination of data, inquiry, action, and reflection. We aspire to be, and develop, leaders who communicate and act upon an equity belief system to create equity-driven schools.
* Adapted from “Educational Equity Defined” by Barbara Bitters