Touro College’s Lander Center For Education Research Receives $1.9 Million Government Grant to Operate Equity Assistance Center (EAC)

Date: November 13, 2008
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New York, N.Y. - Touro College’s Lander Center for Educational Research has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to operate one of 10 national Equity Assistance Centers (EAC) that provide assistance to states, school districts, and public schools on issues of race, gender and national origin.

The 10 centers, funded under Title IV if the 1964 Civil Rights Act, are designed to provide equal opportunity for achievement to all students. Touro’s Lander Center will operate the EAC for Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Lander Center will be administering the Center in collaboration with Learning Innovations at WestEd, located in Woburn, MA.

“We are pleased that we have been awarded this grant,” said Dr. LaMar P. Miller, dean of Touro’s Graduate School of Education, who is the principal investigator for the grant. “Through operating Region II’s EAC, the Lander Center for Educational Research will be able to continue its work of implementing and improving equity within the educational system.”

The EAC will assist state departments of education and school districts in addressing overrepresentation of minorities in special education, improving teacher quality, educating English Language Learners (ELLS) and dropout prevention, Dr. Miller said.

Other objectives include helping clients:

  • Improve their capacity to address equity issues;
  • Prepare, adopt, and implement plans for court ordered desegregation or unitary status schools;
  • Promote equitable access to quality education through highly qualified teachers;
  • Improve implementation of the equity goals and objectives of The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB); and
  • Better address the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions and requirements.

The new EAC provides services, upon request, to school districts, state educational departments and other state or local educational agencies. Individuals representing the above organizations may contact Dr. Velma Cobb, director of the EAC and associate professor at Touro’s Graduate School of Education, at (212) 463-0400 ext. 5399 or write to Dr. Cobb at Equity Assistance Center, Touro College, 43 West 23rd Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10010.

The Lander Center for Educational Research at Touro Collegewas established in 2005 as a unit of Touro College’s School of Education. The Center works closely with districts and schools in their efforts to promote student achievement, school leadership, team capacity building, teacher quality, school reform strategies, and the overall professional development of district and school personnel. The Lander Center also plays an important role in Touro’s commitment to broaden its capacity in serving as a major research institution of higher education.

Learning Innovations at WestEd (LI) improves education for children by strengthening adult learning and promoting systemic improvement at the state, district, and school levels. LI provides professional development, research, and evaluation that bolster teacher quality and leadership, address needs of English language learners and students with disabilities, and improve learning in science, math, and other subjects.