Miami New Times Spotlights National Education Equity Lab and Broward County Partnership

Since its inception two years ago, the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab has enrolled 3,000 students from roughly 80 low-income high schools across 35 U.S. cities in courses taught by professors at Harvard, Yale, Howard, and Cornell. The high schoolers follow the same course material as the college students enrolled in the classes, with the opportunity to receive college

At Broward County’s Miramar High School, 47 students are taking “Psychology and the Good Life,” a popular course offered by Yale. The psychology class and a Harvard course, “Poetry in America: The City From Whitman to Hip-Hop,” are now available for Broward students at each of the district’s Title I high schools, generally defined as those where a large portion of the student population lives in poverty.

Superintendent Robert Runcie hopes students who enroll in the courses will be encouraged to apply to and attend college.

“For many kids, especially those that might be first-generation in their family considering post-secondary opportunity, the ability for them to take a college course and be successful at it gives them enormous degrees of competence and exposure,” Runcie tells New Times.


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