About CCE

Helping teachers build equitable classrooms and schools for student success

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. Our organization’s mission is rooted in the drive for educational equity, and our vision for a just and equitable world also depends on a student-centered environment that helps students become not merely college and career-ready, but also compassionate, thoughtful and contributing global citizens.

Our research in urban schools, as well as our years of experience in coaching, have shown us that schools that pilot new and innovative student-centered approaches to learning fail to move the needle for students of color if culturally-responsive teaching is not included. Similarly, we have seen that when schools and districts neglect to audit their policies, practices, and outcomes for equity, they are not able to address the root causes of existing inequities through their innovations. If we believe that schools must transform to ensure equitable and student-centered outcomes, then we must continue to innovate intentionally toward greater equity of outcomes. This means including cultural competence, culturally-responsive teaching, and equity audits as integral elements of a redesign cycle.

Therefore, our Equitable Redesign Cycle at the heart of our Innovating for Equity toolkit is not in any way separate from our organization’s work. Rather, it is the encapsulation of what we have learned after years of working at the nexus of equity and innovation: that when carefully navigated hand-in-hand, the two produce schools that are truly equitable and excellent for all students.

An approach to teaching and learning that is flexible and adaptable, adjusting the system to the individual students and what they need to be successful in today's diverse, global world.
Students exercise voice and choice in their learning, embracing their individual strengths, needs, interests, and cultural backgrounds.
The ability to use the cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of culturally and linguistically diverse learners as conduits for teaching them more effectively. (Geneva Gay, 2002)
Developed in a way that ensures a barrier-free environment for all students, ensuring that every student, particularly those within historically underserved groups, has what they need to be successful. To be truly equitable, schools must not only have equity of opportunity but of outcomes.
The process of envisioning, designing, and implementing a school model, either from scratch as a way of redesigning and disrupting the existing educational system, or as part of the transformation of an existing school.