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National Center for the Elimination of Educational Disparities

Re-framing the conversation -- Transforming the culture

At this historical juncture, now more than ever, it is a national imperative to address educational disparities. For Morgan State University, physically located within a majority African American school district in a state where 9 of its 24 school districts are majority-minority public school districts, the benefits of more fully tackling the issues of inequity are more immediate. To this end, the School of Education and Urban Studies is launching the National Center for the Elimination of Educational Disparities (NCEED). We know from research that access to high quality learning experiences, adequately resourced schools, culturally competent teachers, access to adequate healthcare and nutrition, and supportive home and community environments, and a culturally conscious curriculum positively impact children’s learning outcomes.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NCEED is to alter the trajectories of Black, Latinx and low income children in public schools in Maryland and across the United States, from underachievement, low attendance rates, high drop-out rates and inadequate preparation for college and career, to one in which they have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of zip code and socio-economic status.  The Center will achieve its mission through the following areas of work:

  1. research that clearly identifies the educational needs of Black children
  2. research that builds a body of knowledge that is specific to the education of Black, Latinx and low-income children, in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy, initial and continuing teacher preparation, urban school leadership, guidance and counseling, social and emotional well-being, health and nutritional needs, school/community relations and family engagement.
  3. development of materials and models of practice that optimize the achievement of these children.
  4. rigorous evaluation of those materials and models to assess both effectiveness and scalability.
  5. policy analysis and advocacy.

NCEED Launch: September 28, 2022

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"Toward a National Blueprint for Equity and Excellence in K-12 Education"

Symposium to coalesce organizations and individuals committed to the work of eliminating disparities in educational outcomes.

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parents and students arrive for first day of classes in Baltimore City (photo courtesy of Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Center to Focus on Eliminating Educational Disparities in Baltimore and Beyond

Dr. Glenda Prime, dean for the School of Education & Urban Studies provides thought leadership commentary on how initiatives like Morgan's National Center for the Elimination of Educational Disparities (NCEED) can serve as a remedy to help improve the crisis state of Maryland's K-12 public education system.

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About Morgan State University

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan fulfills its mission to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions. 

Anchored in a charming residential area of northeast Baltimore, the breadth of Morgan’s expansive campus encompasses more than 185 acres extending beyond its sprawling campus proper which features state-of-the-art facilities geared toward innovative teaching and learning in the 21st century. The only university to have its entire campus, designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers a safe and inviting learning environment with easy access to the best the city has to offer: culture, exhibits, dining, shopping, activities, sightseeing and employment. The off-campus opportunities also extend to community projects and civic engagement.

Morgan has graduated more than 55,000 degree candidates since its establishment more than 150 years ago, producing a passionately devoted corps of alumni who have found success in all areas of endeavor, in the U.S. and beyond. Among the nation's most diverse Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the largest in Maryland, Morgan seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible.