EACs & Federal Resources

Federal Resources for Equity and Multicultural Education

Equity Assistance Centers (EACs)

Public schools and other educators working to reduce achievement gaps and expand educational equity can receive resources, technical assistance and consulting services through their Equity Assistance Center (EACs). The network of ten regional service centers is funded through the US Department of Education to provide technical assistance and consultation services to on issues related to race/culture, gender, national origin educational equity. There is a center within each federal region offering services and resources to reduce disparities in educational outcomes for historically underserved groups. Each EAC provides training and advisory services in collaboration with other agencies, and focused on local needs and priorities. Funding for the EACs comes through Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

Equity Assistance Centers FY 2011-2014

 

Region I

(serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
The Education Alliance
New England Equity Assistance Center at Brown Univeristy (NEEAC)
4 Richmond Square, Suite 400
Providence, RI 02906
Dr. Maria Pacheco, Director
PH: 401-274-8948 or 800-521-9550
F: 401-351-9594

 

 

 

Region II

(serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Equity Assistance Center
Touro College, Lander Center for Educational Research
43 W. 23rd Street 8th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Dr. Velma Cobb, Director
PH: 212-463-0400 ext. 5386
F: 212-627-3692

 

 

 

Region III

(serves District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ms. Susan Shaffer, Director
PH: 301-657-7741
F: 301-657-8742

 

 

 

Region IV

(serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Southeastern Equity Alliance, Inc.
Southeastern Equity Assistance Center (SEAC)
1401 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 304
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Mr. Jerry Graniero, Director
PH: 954-765-3553
F: 954-523-3340

 

 

 

Region V

(serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Great Lakes Equity Center
Indiana University
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Dr. Seena M. Skelton
PH: 317-278-6832
F: 317-274-6864

 

 

 

Region VI

(serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
Dr. Bradley Scott, Director
PH: 210-444-1710
F: 210-444-1714

 

 

 

Region VII

(serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
Midwest Equity Assistance Center (MEAC)
Kansas State University
1100 Bluemont Hall, Room 401
Manhattan, KS 66506
Dr. Charles Rankin, Director
PH: 785-532-6408
F: 785-532-5548

 

 

 

Region VIII

(serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
Metropolitan State College of Denver
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 63
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Ms. Kathy Rigsby, Director
PH: 303-556-6065
F: 303-556-3912

 

 

 

Region IX

(serves Arizona, California, Nevada)
WestEd
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-3540
Dr. Rose Owens-West, Director
PH: 510-302-4246
F: 510-302-4242

 

 

 

Region X

(serves Alaska, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Washington)
Education Northwest
101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Ms. Joyce Harris, Director
PH: 503-275-0664
F: 503-275-0452

 ADDITIONAL Federal Resources

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.  The guidance, fact sheets, and other resources (including translated versions of the guidance and fact sheets) are available athttp://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellresources.html.

Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.

The following materials include information for students and parents, OCR guidance and resources for education officials about their obligations to EL students and LEP parents, and added resources with related information.

For Students and Parents

 *   Fact Sheet, Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Programs (Jan. 2015) PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501.pdf
Spanish   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-sp.pdf
Chinese – Mandarin Traditional PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-chinese-mt.pdf>
Chinese – Mandarin Simplified PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-chinese-ms.pdf>
Cambodian PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-cambodian.pdf> (541K)
Hmong PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-hmong.pdf> (372K)
Korean   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-korean.pdf>
Laotian PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-laotian.pdf> (650K)
Russian  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-russian.pdf> (689K)
Tagalog   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-tagalog.pdf> (437K)
Vietnamese PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-vietnamese.pdf> (660K)

 *   Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (Jan. 2015) [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501.pdf> (547K) | Spanish [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-sp.pdf> (194K) Chinese – Mandarin Traditional [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-chinese-mt.pdf> (576K) Chinese – Mandarin Simplified[cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0] PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-chinese-ms.pdf> (559K) Cambodian [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-cambodian.pdf> (116K) Hmong [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/abo
 ut/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-hmong.pdf> (439K) Korean [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-korean.pdf> (343K) Laotian [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-laotian.pdf> (484K) Russian [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-russian.pdf>(573K) Tagalog [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-el-students-201501-tagalog.pdf> (427K) Vietnamese [cid:image005.png@01D03623.8B4ED8E0]  PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-lep-parents-201501-vietnamese.pdf> (547K)
 *   Pamphlet, Provision of an Equal Education Opportunity to Limited-English Proficient Students (Aug. 2000)<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/eeolep/index.html>
 *   [cid:image006.jpg@01D03623.8B4ED8E0] <http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto-index.html>  Resources Available in Other Languages<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto-index.html>

For Education Officials

Office of Civil Rights Policies

 *   Dear Colleague Letter, English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents (01/7/2015)<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-el-201501.pdf>

 *   Memo, Obligations to National-Origin Minority Students (09/27/1991)<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1991.html>   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1991.pdf> (7.86M)

 *   Memo, Language Minority Investigations (12/03/1985; reissued 04/06/1990)<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1990_and_1985.html>   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1990_and_1985.pdf> (206K)
 
*   Memo, Language Minority Compliance Procedures (09/11/1984<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1984.html>)

 *   Memo, Discrimination on the Basis of National Origin (05/25/1970<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1970.html>)   PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/lau1970.pdf> (605K)

Self-Evaluation Materials

 *   Programs For English Language Learners (Nov. 1999)<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/index.html> PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ell-guide-19991130.pdf> (732K) -

Resource Materials For Planning and Self-Assessment: (1) Overview<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/overview.html>, (2) Developing EL Programs<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/developing.html>,
(3) Program Evaluation<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/programeval.html>,
(4) Glossary<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/glossary.html>,
(5) Resources List<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ell/otherresources.html>

Enforcement Activities

 *   OCR’s Recent EL Case Resolutions<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/index.html#ELL> and OCR’s Success Stories<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/success-ell.html>

 *   U.S. Department of Justice Recent EL Cases and Settlements<http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/documents/classlist.php#origin>

Related Resources

U.S. Department of Education Resources

 *   Department Notice of Language Assistance<http://www.ed.gov/notices/english-la>
 *   Office of English Language Acquisition<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html>
 *   Title III – English Language Acquisition Grant Program<http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sfgp/index.html>
 *   Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs<http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gtep/index.html> (federal funding)
 *   Civil Rights Data Collection<http://ocrdata.ed.gov/> (school and district equity data)

U.S. Department of Education Funded Resources and Partnerships

 *   National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition<http://www.ncela.us/> (NCELA)
 *   Equity Assistance Centers<http://www2.ed.gov/programs/equitycenters/contacts.html> (technical assistance)

Other Resources

 *   LEP.gov<http://www.lep.gov/> (federal interagency website on limited English proficiency)
 *   U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    *   Educational Opportunities Section<http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/>
    *   Federal Coordination and Compliance Section<http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/pubs.php> (includes LEP resources)