The Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) works to close opportunity gaps for all children in P-20 education, especially children of color, with the vision that one day race will no longer be the primary predictor of educational outcomes. To advance this mission, CREED conducts evidence-based research; builds coalitions of school leaders, educators, parents, policymakers, and community members who have a shared agenda of creating equitable school systems; and supports schools and educators with technical assistance and training designed to improve educational outcomes for students of color.

CREED will transform the education system so lives and experiences of students of color are central to how schools function, using a panoramic lens that runs the entire gamut of the research-to-practice continuum. Our work is centered on three primary activities: Research, Engagement, and Implementation. Our research and thought-leadership inform our engagement and implementation, just as the engagement strategy informs our research and implementation. Whereas racial equity may be one of many focus areas for some organizations, a stand-alone entity is required to give these issues the energy and attention they deserve. CREED exists for this express purpose. Our work employs an intentionally multi-racial understanding of educational justice and is inspired by a belief in Radical Imagination — “the ability to and work towards better futures based on an analysis of the root cause of social problems.” We believe that another way is possible and worth pursuing.

To this end, we believe if we center students of color, inspire institutional change, and facilitate better educational practice, we can transform the education system so the lives and experiences of students of color are central to how schools function.

 

E(race)ing Inequities | The intersection of race and special education

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

 

E(race)ing Inequities | How race influences who is designated ‘gifted’ in North Carolina

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

 

Podcast | How does race influence access to rigorous coursework?

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

 

E(race)ing Inequities | Does race influence who drops out of school? It’s complicated.

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

 

Perspective | We have sold our kids too short

James Ford and Nicholas Triplett have compiled and synthesized a great deal of data on inequity in the delivery of...

 

Perspective | It’s time for another talk about race and schools

Last week, the NC House of Representatives debated a bill (SB295 Standards of Student Conduct) that would remove existing statutory...

 

E(race)ing Inequities | How does race impact suspensions in North Carolina?

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

 

Through the eyes of our students: Black rising senior shares how implicit bias affects school experience

Blaine Purcell, a rising senior at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, said he sees implicit bias as the stem...

 

E(race)ing Inequities: Chronic absenteeism

This is an excerpt from “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools” by the Center...

 

Deep Roots: A profile featuring Tara Kenchen

The Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) has recently released “E(race)ing Inequities” — an analysis of the state of...

 

Podcast | Equity and discipline in NC schools

In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial...

 

Through the eyes of our students: Hispanic high schooler talks learning to self-advocate

Helen Gaitan, a rising senior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, remembers the struggle of her first days of school...