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EIR 2023 Proposals Have Been Reviewed and Awards Granted

While children everywhere are excited about winter break and presents in their stockings, some of us in the education space look forward to December for other reasons. That’s right, the Department of Education just announced the EIR grant winners from the summer 2023 proposal submissions. We want to congratulation all our friends who were amongst that winning list.

One of those winning teams was made up of The MLK Sr Community Resources Center, Connect with Kids Network, Morehouseand Spelman Colleges, New York City Public Schools, The Urban Assembly, Atlanta Public Schools, and Empirical Education. We will evaluate the Sankofa Chronicles: SEL Curriculum from American Diasporas with the early-phase EIR development grant funding.

The word sankofa comes from the Twi language spoken by the Akan people of Ghana. The word is often associated with an Akan proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi.” Translated into English this proverb reminds us, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” Guided by the philosophy of sankofa, this five year grant will support the creation of a culturally-responsive, multimedia, social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for high school students.

Participating students will be introduced to SEL concepts through short films that tell emotional and compelling stories of diverse diaspora within students’ local communities. These stories will be paired with an SEL curriculum that seeks to foster not only SEL skills (e.g., self-awareness, responsible decision making) but also empathy, cultural appreciation, and critical thinking.

Our part in the project will begin with a randomized control trial (RCT) of the curriculum in the 2025–2026 school year and culminate in an impact report following the RCT. We will continue to support the program through the remainder of the five-year grant with an implementation study and a focus on scaling up the program.

Check back for updates on this exciting project!