Unite:Ed is about futures...of children, of youth, of communities.

United around education, our alliance of community and education partners, with faculty and students at the University of Washington’s College of Education, supports youth, and especially children of color, by expanding their opportunities to learn. Within a collective commitment to justice for underserved populations, Unite:Ed co-creates projects and strategies that advance equity in the communities we serve.

What does Unite:Ed do?

Our work in education is fueled by the histories and voices of underserved communities.

How do we work? Together.

Embedded in a community, Unite:Ed partners listen, learn, decide, act, and solve. Because we share knowledge and collectively build expertise, we can more quickly and sustainability address the most pressing problems in education.

Our umbrella organization fosters creativity, transformation, and innovation. We are allies as we identify priorities, consider options, deliver programming, plan for research, gather data, and share findings. Unite:Ed partners embrace diversities of opinion, acknowledge inequities, and know that iteration is the path to lasting improvements in education.

What is a community-practice-research partnership?

Problems have a human face. Challenges can create lost opportunities for real people. Solving problems on your own is more difficult. Do partnerships lead to better solutions? Can grassroots efforts make a greater difference? We think so.

A unique type of partnership, called a “community-practice-research partnership” is a guidepost for Unite:Ed. Groups of committed people, each bringing their own measure of experience and expertise, are better able to define and address the challenges facing communities and educational systems. Creating solutions for the inequities in education is about being in service of communities; on the ground and learning from each other. Our partnerships focus on humans not numbers, and problems not gaps.

Unite:Ed’s foundational community-practice-research partnerships are long-term alliances — they are collaborations between families, community leaders, practicing educators, and researchers. Each individual’s deep knowledge and experience is integrated and the collective strength of our community-practice-research partnerships leads to the effective co-design of solutions and lasting change for students.

Unite:Ed News

Grants support education research+practice partnerships in the Puget Sound

Eleven youth-serving organizations in the Puget Sound region will partner with University of Washington College of Education researchers during the coming year on projects that aim to advance educational opportunities for underserved communities. A total of $300,000 has been awarded in the inaugural round of Research + Practice Seed Projects by Unite:Ed, an alliance between the College and community and education partners. Read more

New cohort of Community Partner Fellows to support local organizations

Six doctoral students at the University of Washington College of Education will bolster the research and program evaluation capacity of local organizations serving youth starting in fall 2019 as the members of the second cohort of the College’s Community Partner Fellows program. The Community Partner Fellows program supports the development of the next generation of education researchers and scholars while at the same time supporting the work of community-based organizations dedicated to closing opportunity gaps in education. Read more