We seek to transform the systems and structures necessary for culturally affirming assessment of Black and Latinx students and their social, emotional, and learning development.
It is more important than ever for all students to feel welcome, safe and understood at school and for learning environments to support this goal.
Over the last two years, educators, learners, and caregivers have undergone unimaginable change – with learning occurring at kitchen tables, through learning pods, in our neighborhood schools, and in community spaces. Throughout all of this, getting a good understanding of the ways in which young people have grown across academic, social, and emotional domains has been of primary interest to families, educators, and policy makers.
Assessment for Good (AFG), under the Advanced Education Research and Development Fund (AERDF), is an inclusive research and development program focused on producing effective solutions that result in a relevant, responsive, and accessible system of asset-based formative assessment that educators, caregivers, or learners themselves can leverage across academic, social, and emotional domains.
Through a series of investments, Assessment for Good hopes to see the following outcomes for Black and Latinx learners aged 8 – 13:
AFG’s Advisory Council consists of leaders across the nation who are educators, founders, caregivers, activists, students, and researchers who share the program’s belief in Inclusive R&D. The Council will set the standard on what counts as evidence and influence AFG’s processes, goals, investment decisions, and overall outcomes during the program’s lifecycle.
Abhi Nangia leads BetterWorldEd.org, a nonprofit on a mission to humanize learning.
Akil Bello is an educator, entrepreneur, and advocate who has worked in admissions testing and educational access for almost three decades.
Annie Tan is a special education teacher, storyteller and activist teaching in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Avery is a high school student in Michigan.
Byron Durias is an experienced principal with a demonstrated history of successfully working in middle and high school education.
Cayley is a high school student in Michigan.
Charles Cole III, is the founder of Energy Convertors, an organization in Oakland, CA that exists to utilize the voices of the end-users of education – the students, their parents, and the community.
Deborah Rivas-Drake is a Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Derek Collins is the founder and creator of Gifted & Lit, which combines Hip-Hop and social-emotional learning to teach children math, science, language arts and more.
Elaine Townsend Utin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of LatinxEd and adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Erica Buddington is the CEO/ Founder of Langston League and a self-taught public historian.
Fantasy T. Lozada is an assistant professor of Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Gina Angeli is a caregiver in Michigan.
Heidi Oliver-O’Gilvie is the current Director of Leadership Development in a large school district.
James E. Ford is the Executive Director of the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) and the Principal Consultant at Filling the Gap Educational Consultants, LLC.
Jamila Dugan is an author, leadership coach and researcher focusing on culturally rich education environments and anti-racist approaches to learning.
Jomar is a high school student in Massachusetts.
Judith Díaz-Rodríguez is the Co-Founder of The Equity Imperative, an organization of educators invested in the securing of opportunities for all, especially those who are marginalized.
Macie is a college student in Michigan.
Marlene Lara is a caregiver in Massachusetts.
Mondo Davison is the founder of Schoolz & Local Linkz, which merge tech, art, and media to deliver culturally rich content at scale.
Monise Seward is a veteran educator who has more than 10 years experience serving students with disabilities in various capacities.
Na is a high school student in Massachusetts.
Nancy Duchesneau is a Senior P-12 Research Associate at The Education Trust, where she leads the Social, Emotional, and Academic Development work.
Selena A. Carrión is an ELA teacher, library media specialist, activist, and writer currently working in the New York City public schools.
Tyrone Martinez-Black is the practice integration specialist at the collaborative for academic, social, and emotional learning (CASEL).
LEARN is a means of identifying innovative, rapid response research proposals that will advance solutions that support the assessment of social, emotional and educational needs in culturally diverse populations.