The E4 Early Career Visiting Fellows Program is currently seeking four postdoctoral scholars to conduct K-12 education research at Northwestern University”s Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity (E4) during the 2022-23 academic year. Housed at Northwestern”s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), the Center was created through an innovative partnership supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that links University researchers and Curriculum Associates, a leading provider of digital assessment and instructional materials, with several school districts.
The visiting scholars will research a range of issues facing underrepresented students, including children of color, non-native English speakers, or students whose families live in poverty. In addition to collaborating with researchers and graduate students at SESP, visiting fellows will connect with scholars across campus, including the Center for Computer Science and Learning Sciences, a collaboration between SESP and Northwestern Engineering.
E4 is part of the School of Education and Social Policy”s commitment to generate rigorous evidence to improve K-12 education. E4 will address the inequities built into education systems by leveraging the speed at which digital platforms generate high quality data.
The partnership combines the expertise of an established education tech company serving over 11 million students with one of the world”s leading institutions of education research and teaching, and several urban school districts.
SESP faculty, experts in economics, psychology, learning sciences, education, computer science, human development and more, will use Curriculum Associates’ data to help solve some of the challenges educators face. School district partners, meanwhile, will work collaboratively with the E4 partners to develop a useful and relevant research agenda for the E4 Center. This partnership works to close the gap between how education research is developed and then used by schools and districts, with a commitment to producing information that schools need and can use.
Curriculum Associates’#data includes diagnostic results from the assessments that students take three times a year and lesson data across several domains in English/language arts and math. The English/language arts data includes phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, high frequency words, and vocabulary. Math data includes numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and measurement. All data can be disaggregated by gender, race, special education and English-language learner status, and zip code.