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NCSD Research Advisory Panel and School Diversity Research Network

Research has always played a role in school integration advocacy, and NCSD believes that current research should inform policy development process in a more systematic way. Our School Diversity Research Network aims to increase real time, two-way communication between advocates and researchers on key contested questions. We do this by: 1) consulting with leading educational researchers on important issues; and 2) connecting both emerging and already-established school diversity scholars and researchers with one another and with integration program practitioners.

In addition to enhancing NCSD’s advocacy, we hope the School Diversity Research Network will help strengthen educational research and inform practice within our nation's school integration programs.

NCSD Research Advisory Panel

The NCSD has convened a group of leading researchers to help us ensure that our advocacy efforts are informed by the most current, methodologically sound research on school integration. Many educational policymakers shy away from pursing integration without considering the strong research evidence demonstrating its value as an educational reform tool. On the other hand, school integration advocates have not always acknowledged, been aware of, or adequately addressed the challenges that arise in racially and economically diverse learning environments. The NCSD’s advocacy efforts take these challenges into account.

Current Members of the NCSD Research Advisory Panel:

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Northeastern University
Jomills Henry Braddock II, University of Miami
Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut
John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Erica Frankenberg, Penn State University
Douglas Harris, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jennifer Jellison Holme, University of Texas at Austin
Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation
Jamie Lew, Rutgers University
Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Pedro Noguera, New York University
sean reardon, Stanford University
Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University
Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Richard Valencia, The University of Texas at Austin
Amy Stuart Wells, Columbia University

Click here to learn more about our Research Advisory Panel Members.

School Diversity Research Network

Our School Diversity Research Network is a vehicle for connecting both emerging and already-established school diversity scholars and researchers with one another and with integration program practitioners. Similar to the research communities that exist within professional research associations, the School Diversity Research Network supports scholarly inquiry into school diversity models and evaluation of individual programs. To ensure that school diversity research can benefit practitioners and policymakers, NCSD works to compile and disseminate this research in accessible formats.

The School Diversity Research Network is also designed to help integration program practitioners. In an educational reform climate that emphasizes evidence-based practice, research and evaluation are increasingly important. And yet, reliable educational research is expensive and time consuming, and often remains outside the reach of integration programs. By forming this community of school diversity researchers and joining them with practitioners, we hope to greatly expand what we know about school diversity in theory and practice.

If you are an educational researcher and would like to join the School Diversity Research Network, please email with “Join Research Network” in the subject line.

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