Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM Senior Associate Cristen Moore

Cristen Moore is a talented policy professional committed to opening the doors of higher education for all of America’s students. At HCM, she is a senior associate supporting the firm’s postsecondary education work on behalf of clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation’s Strategy Labs. Why did you join HCM? […]

Why Relationships Matter When Addressing Racial Equity

The previous blog in this series, “Reflecting on Racial Equity,” explains that without  true, open and honest dialogue about race, it will be impossible to ever bring about a state of racial equity in which educational attainment gaps are closed,  state attainment goals are met and poverty and other social ills are eradicated in underserved communities. […]

Reflecting on Racial Equity

Traveling across the country in support of states and organizations as they work to address racial equity, I often find myself reflecting on why it is such a difficult undertaking. Notably, the challenge I often face is helping people get to an agreed-upon definition of racial equity itself. Case in point – the Southern Rural […]

The Next Battle in LGBTQI Equality: Our Health Data

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, I look ahead to the next battle in LGBTQI equality: our health data. June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, was in many ways, LGBTQI Independence Day.  A little more than a decade later, our D-Day came and we all landed on […]

Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM K-12 Team Director Erica Gray

Erica Gray leads the public opinion research and content creation for HCM Strategists’ K-12 portfolio. She has spent the last four years deeply engaged in comprehensive research with multiple clients, including Learning Heroes, the Collaborative for Student Success and SAS, to understand mindsets related to expectations for schools, accountability, assessments and student achievement. Why did […]

Translating Data: Using Student Performance Data to Inform Policy and Improve Outcomes

and Jeff Stanley Promising Policy: Driving Better Outcomes and Equity in Education Over the past two decades, states have built data systems to capture and store vital information that can be used to measure student performance. Most states have K-12 and postsecondary data repositories that hold statewide longitudinal data on enrollment, demographics, assessments, retention and […]

The Equity Imperative

Promising Policy: Driving Better Outcomes and Equity in Education Propelling more Americans toward postsecondary credentials of value must continue to be a priority for states nationwide. While obtaining a credential of value provides benefits for all students, significant benefits accrue to those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. Postsecondary attainment is a powerful tool that […]

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