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EduDream combines CREE principles and rigorous research methods to produce insights that catalyze impactful action — with and for communities.

Our Process

EduDream approaches every partnership in a collaborative manner and embeds culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) principles across our work.

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High-quality, rigorous, and accessible work that will empower and motivate you to make decisions grounded in equity and evidence-based practices.

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Collaborative research that elevates the voices of racially and economically diverse students, families, and communities.

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A multi-year actionable research initiative generating evidence to advance policy dialogue on K12 education.

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About Us

EduDream is a Latina-founded, women-owned, and equity-focused research consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, foundations, and education institutions to provide culturally responsive and community-centered research and strategy. Led by a team of experts, EduDream redefines what’s possible for education research.


Contextual Analysis Of Motivation, Engagement, & Persistence

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Angelica Frausto, Eliana Whitehouse, Michelle Oliva, Monica Martinez


February 7, 2024



Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in new far-reaching implications for student motivation, engagement, and persistence (MEP). Among the most impacted are Black, Latinx, and students from low-income backgrounds who face compounded obstacles in accessing quality education. Despite their heightened risk of decreased MEP, there remains a lack of research focusing on the MEP of these populations, as well as the systemic factors that profoundly influence their educational experiences.

Unlocking student potential through Motivation, Engagement, and Persistence (MEP) is crucial for fostering learning while striving for equitable educational outcomes.

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Last year, we partnered with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a common definition of student Motivation, Engagement, and Persistence (MEP). EduDream provided a systematic review of over 100 studies and produced a research synthesis that outlines common definitions of MEP, highlights the importance of students’ lived experience, in and outside the classroom, and offers recommendations for future research and policy practices.

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This report is based on research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.