Services We Provide

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is a comprehensive, university-based center that focuses on educational research, policy, and practice. We are a partner and resource at the local and national levels in strengthening and improving access, opportunity, and the quality of education in our schools.


We support program and policy work through a portfolio of solutions that enable professionals to build capacity, develop effective evidence-based strategies and approaches, develop innovative applications and engage the appropriate key persons within the landscape, culture and local context of the organizations. We work with intimately with clients, customizing solutions to situated issues through timely, creative, and personalized responses.




The Center 's Research and Evaluation unit conducts applied research and evaluation studies focused on promoting positive educational outcomes for youth. With close to 40 years of evaluation experience, we customize our work to help partners answer critical questions of impact, outcome, and results based on thick and rich points of evidence. Our goal is to use research to inform educational policies and practices at federal, state, local, and programmatic levels. Our Center for Research and Evaluation works in three related domains: (1) large, medium, and small scale program evaluations and audits, (2) educational research, and (3) internal NYU Metro Center research and evaluations.

Professional Development

Our professional development programs frame interactive practices, techniques, and strategies around concepts grounded in the most current research on student performance, teacher capacity, parent engagement and empowerment, immigrant transitional education, cultural and linguistic diversity, gender identity constructs, academic abilities and engagement, teacher and student career pathways, and community stakeholder models.



Research and Development

NYU Metro Center staff of social scientists, educators, and program directors develops and designs reseach-driven programs that focus on the collection of high-quality data and the implementation of accountability systems and evaluative measures.

Review and Recommendations

We provide a framework and services for enabling organizations, community groups, advocacy partners, and others to engage in systematic review of their individual organizations' missions, goals, and strategies. This work is at the core of the organizations we support. We also provide toolkits that assist in addressing gaps in the assessment of the impact of an organization's current programs and offer strategies for developing constructs for improvement, further study, and research.



Technical Assistance

We work with school districts and states to build capacity of district and state personnel to understand root causes of achievement differentials between varied groups of students and to systematically address these gaps. In so doing, we provide training, coaching, follow-up, material and resource support to transform schools and student outcomes.

Teacher Education

Teachers matter! The evolutionary nature of learning for our students demands that teachers are afforded the opportunity to engage in a continuous cycle of learning. While many of our teaching colleagues have a wealth of experience, experience must always evolve and be channeled to meet the ever-changing needs of contingent learning environments, communities, and cultures.