Rice to receive $10.7 million from Kinder Foundation for education research

by STEMconnector


Rice University– HOUSTON – (April 18, 2017) | The Kinder Foundation has awarded a $10.7 million grant to Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) to expand its innovative work to additional school districts in the Greater Houston region.

HERC is a research-practice partnership between Rice and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) that aims to improve the connection between education research and decision-making. The center’s research has included topics such as the benefits of pre-kindergarten, the effect of teacher evaluations, the impact of school closures, and the predictors of dropping out of school. Established in 2011 and housed in Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, HERC’s ultimate goal is to close socio-economic gaps in achievement and attainment.

“We’re extremely grateful for this opportunity to develop a regional research agenda together with school district leaders,” said Ruth López Turley, HERC director, associate director for research at the Kinder Institute and a professor of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences. “There are many issues that can’t be addressed through a single school district, but using research to collaborate across districts within the same region is promising, and having the resources to do this work is rare. This is truly a meaningful gift to children in the Houston metropolitan area.”

Read more about this exciting grant here: news.rice.edu