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Mission, Principles, & Goals

Our Mission

As a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education, the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium leads research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in PK12 education with the goal of informing policy, building the professional knowledge and skills of key stakeholders, contributing to the body of scholarly knowledge, and ultimately impacting outcomes relevant to students, schools, and communities.

Our Principles

  • Relevance: Our work addresses topics in ways that are relevant to those engaged in PK12 policymaking and practice.
  • Impact: The knowledge generated through our work is focused on its use and impact on policy and practice.
  • Rigor: Our work is conducted in ways that reflect rigor and quality in design and implementation.
  • Multiple Perspectives: The relevance, impact, and rigor of our work is enhanced by engaging stakeholders that represent a range of experiences, perspectives, and knowledge bases.
  • Relationships: The strength of our partnership relies on strong relationships between individuals, organizations, and communities that are characterized by communication and trust.

Our Goals

  • Conduct and disseminate community-engaged research that has direct and indirect impacts on critical youth, school, and community outcomes.
  • Develop the research knowledge and research capacity of school division personnel and university research partners through collaborations involving professional development.
  • Build community and social networks between VCU units, school divisions, researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
  • Contribute to the local, state and national policy and scholarly dialogue on education.
  • Secure funding that supports the work of the partnership and builds the capacity of MERC to fulfill its mission.