Our College-In-High School Model
5 Core Elements


College credit-bearing courses from top universities brought to classrooms at no cost to students.

21st-century cohort of classroom co-teachers trained as facilitators, coaches, and supervisors to support and enrich student learning.

One-on-one college mentors to help students navigate the college application, matching, and financial aid process.

Messages about the importance of college and career from celebrities, near-peers, and professionals to promote college-going mindsets and career exploration.

Ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement to advance our learning agenda.

What We Do


The National Education Equity Lab facilitates deep collaboration between high schools, universities, nonprofits, and foundations. We play the leading role in 6 key functions:

  • Recruit & support schools and school districts
  • Select, convert, and coordinate delivery of credit-bearing college courses into high school classrooms
  • Award scholarships to teachers & students to enable pilot participation
  • Offer a network of partners & supports to schools
  • Create & convene national learning communities among our students, teachers, and principals
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation & continuous improvement

Advisory Board and Team


Dr. Robert Balfanz

Dr. Robert Balfanz

Advisory Board Member

Research Professor

John’s Hopkins University

Donald Brown

Advisory Board Member

PhD Candidate, Literature & Teaching Fellow of the Year Awardee

Harvard University

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

Advisory Board Member

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology

University of Pennsylvania

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Advisory Board Member

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

Jenny Rickard

Jenny Rickard

Advisory Board Member

President & CEO

The Common Application

Vivian Riefberg

Vivian Riefberg

Advisory Board Member

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

LaVerne Srinivasan

LaVerne Srinivasan

Advisory Board Member

Vice President, National Program & Program Director, Education

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Advisory Board Member

Founder and President Emerita

Children’s Defense Fund

Leslie Cornfeld

Leslie Cornfeld

Founder & CEO

National Education Equity Lab

Mina Afayee

Mina Afayee

School Outreach Coordinator

National Education Equity Lab

Clarque Brown

Clarque Brown

Research Fellow

National Education Equity Lab

Jason Albuquerque

Video and Production Specialist

National Education Equity Lab

Julia Imershein

Julia Imershein

Summer Success Coordinator

National Education Equity Lab

Julia Jeffries

Julia Jeffries

Curriculum Advisor

National Education Equity Lab

Ariel Murphy Bedford

Ariel Murphy Bedford

Managing Director

National Education Equity Lab

Asheley Siewnarine

Asheley Siewnarine

Research Fellow

National Education Equity Lab

Alexandra Slack

Alexandra Slack

Chief of Staff

National Education Equity Lab

Former High School Teacher and TFA Corps Member

Supervising Teachers


Aileen Adao

Los Angeles, CA

David Berry

Los Angeles, CA

Jose Reinozo

Los Angeles, CA

Jason Bailow

San Diego, CA

Deborah Holt

San Diego, CA

Andrea McCullough

San Diego, CA

Theranne Nesheim

San Diego, CA

Kelly Roman

Meriden, CT

Catherine Valentin

Meriden, CT

Chelsea Schilling

Baton Rouge, LA

Elizabeth Sonnier

Lafayette, LA

Lisa Naquin

Lafitte, LA

Danielle Belson

Opelousas, LA

Karen Bailey

Flint, MI

Angela Nichols

Flint, MI

Jason Dosch

Pontiac, MI

Kristial Sacay

Gallup, NM

Maureen Clendenny

New York, NY

Emily Doscher

New York, NY

Richard Garino

New York, NY

Niknesha Hairston

New York, NY

Rebecca Keith

New York, NY

Yvanna Persaud

New York, NY

Jennifer Pineda

New York, NY

Alison Ritz

New York, NY

Stephanie Salazar-Amaro

New York, NY

Kathleen Thomas

New York, NY

Julia Weber

New York, NY

Student Advisory Board: Elevating Student Voice


Alexis Romero

Los Angeles, CA

Ramona Virgen

Los Angeles, CA

Sundus Mohamed

San Diego, CA

Kaliah Gomez

Meriden, CT

Jordan Otelo

Baton Rouge, LA

Kammie Flugence

Lafayette, LA

Shayni Doell

Lafitte, LA

Colson Fontenot

Opelousas, LA

D’Naughtia Curry

Pontiac, MI

Victor Adegoke

New York, NY

Sairis Almonte

New York, NY

Natalie Avila

New York, NY

Mhia Dalia

New York, NY

Samantha Garcia

New York, NY

Ariana Hernandez

New York, NY

Merima Ramdedovic

New York, NY

Sanzida Sara

New York, NY

Roaa Shalabi

New York, NY

Jaeliana Veras

New York, NY