U.S. Department of Education

The Houston Education Research Consortium is a research partnership between Rice University and several Houston-area school districts to guide data-driven, equity-minded policy.

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) aims to produce research that is relevant, timely and useful for school district decision-making to address educational inequality in Houston and beyond. 

Diverging from the traditional academic research model, HERC uses a partnership research model with the following features: a jointly developed research agenda that involves both university researchers and district leaders; a long-term, rather than project-based, collaboration that works to solve longstanding problems; a research agenda based on local questions and embedded in the local context and a focus on informing decision-makers directly.

Mission

The Houston Education Research Consortium is a partnership between Rice University and several Houston-area school districts, including the Houston Independent School District (HISD), Aldine, Alief, Cypress-Fairbanks, Katy, Pasadena, Sheldon and Spring Branch Independent School Districts. HERC aims to improve the connection between education researchers and decision makers for the purpose of closing the socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement and attainment for students.

Strategic Goals

  • Partnership - Create and sustain a collaborative infrastructure and culture for jointly developing and implementing a research agenda based upon local needs and interests.
  • Capacity - Build capacity for new kinds of researchers, practitioners and policymakers who identify and apply the best available evidence to high-priortity problems of practice.
  • Leadership - Provide leadership for advancing the use of research evidence in policy and practice at local, state and national levels.
  • Performance - Continuously improve HERC’s performance conducting high-quality research and supporting evidence-based decision making in order to improve equity.

Partners

 

Learn More

Visit the Director’s Corner to hear from HERC’s Director and check out Student Engagement to learn more about student opportunities. 

Support

HERC is generously funded by the Laura and John Arnold FoundationHouston EndowmentKinder Foundation, Spencer Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin.

Contact

Physical Location: BioScience Research Collaborative | 6500 Main Street, Suite 1010, Houston, Texas 77030

Mailing Address: Rice University | 6100 Main Street, MS-258, Houston, Texas 77005

Phone: 713-348-2532

Email: herc@rice.edu

 
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Ruth N. López Turley

  • Director, Houston Education Research Consortium
  • Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Professor of Sociology, Rice University
  • Founder, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships
  • Kinder Fellow
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Terri Arellano

  • Associate Director of Administration, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Holly Heard

  • Associate Director of Research Operations, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Daniel J. Potter

  • Associate Director Regional Research, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Advisory Board

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Rafael Alvarez

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Founder and CEO, Genesys Works
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Stuart Buck

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Vice President of Research, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
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Cynthia Clay Briggs

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Executive Director, Communities in Schools
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Doug Foshee

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Chairman, President and CEO, Sallyport Investments, LLC
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Grenita Lathan

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Chief Academic Officer, Houston Independent School District
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Scott McClelland

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • President, HEB Food & Drug
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Josh McGee

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Senior Vice President, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
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Anne Papakonstantinou

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Director, Rice University School Mathematics Project
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Samuel Sarabia

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Deputy Superintendent, Houston Independent School District
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Roland Smith

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Advisory Board Member
  • Associate Provost, Rice University

Team

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Sandra Alvear

  • Research Analyst, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Arania Archoleka

  • Department Coordinator, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Erin Baumgartner

  • Research Scientist, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Daniel Bowen

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University
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Irina Chukhray

  • Research Analyst, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Joanna Cortez

  • Business Systems Analyst, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Flávio Cunha

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University
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Horace Duffy

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Shauna Dunn

  • Program and Student Engagement Manager, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Rudy Guerra

  • Kinder Fellow
  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Professor of Statistics, Rice University
  • Assistant Director, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
  • Research Oversight Committee, Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform
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Vansa Shewakramani Hanson

  • Senior Research Analyst, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Brian Holzman

  • Research Scientist, Houston Education Research Consortium
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DongMei Li

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Matthew J. Martinez

  • Research Scientist, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Jie Min

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Jodi S. Moon

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Dara Shifrer

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Portland State University
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Heather Willrich Stern

  • Grants Writer, Houston Education Research Consortium
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Carla Stevens

  • Associate Director for HISD, Houston Education Research Consortium
  • Assistant Superintendent, Houston Independent School District Research & Accountability
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Kori J. Stroub

  • Research Scientist, Houston Education Research Consortium
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David Diego Torres

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Research Specialist, Department of Research and Accountability, Houston Independent School District

Jessica N. Vasan

  • Houston Education Research Consortium Research Affiliate
  • Manager Research and Accountability Department, Houston Independent School District