About the Center

Vision: We envision a more just society where schools place humanity at the center of everything they do and their collective actions transform the larger community to eliminate racism, oppression, and bias.

Mission: Through the establishment of youth and adult leadership opportunities, the center amplifies the diverse voices of our students and educators to improve equity in our schools and learning communities throughout Dutchess County and beyond.

Our Partners

Better Outcomes Research
Our mission is to create a more just and equitable society, breaking cycles of underperformance, poverty, and prejudice.

To pursue this mission, we study what works to increase the academic achievement of students in poverty in New York State, and share our results with practitioners by hosting Beating the Odds, Building Opportunities conferences, and presenting at State conferences. In addition, our results are available on our website at https://betteroutcomesresearch.com/

Manya C. Bouteneff, Ed.D. 
Dr. Bouteneff is Senior Research Professor and Faculty Coach at Monroe College in the Bronx and New Rochelle, teaching at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.


Education Elements
What equity really looks like in schools is still a challenge. To move plans into action, Education Elements believes districts must figure how out how to Connect to the challenge, Include the right people at the table, and Create equitable opportunities in order to design better outcomes for kids.

Education Elements, a team of seasoned educators, designers, technologists, and change management experts, has a proven track record in work with districts. The diversity of background of the team has given us insights on what some of the most forward-thinking industries are doing and how these proven strategies are paying off for them and will also pay off for school districts.

Jevon D. Hunter, Ph.D. 
Dr. Hunter is the Woods-Beals Endowed Chair for Urban Education in the School of Education and an Associate Professor in the Elementary Education and Reading Department at SUNY Buffalo.