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Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE)


Based at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CREDE will assist the nation's population of
diverse students, including those at risk of educational failure, to achieve academic excellence.
The purpose of CREDE's research is to identify and develop effective educational practices for
linguistic and cultural minority students, as those placed at risk by factors of race, poverty, and
geographic location. CREDE will continue and improve upon the work of the National Center
for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning (NCRCDSLL). The research
program is based on a sociocultural theoretical framework that is sensitive to diverse cultures and
languages, but powerful enough to identify the great commonalities that unite people. It is based
on 8 principles:

  1. All children can learn.
  2. All children learn best when challenged by high standards.
  3. English proficiency is a goal for all students.
  4. Bilingual proficiency is desirable for all students.
  5. Language and cultural diversity can be assets for teaching and learning.
  6. Teaching and learning must be accommodated to individuals.
  7. Risk factors can be mitigated by schools that teach the skills that schools require.
  8. Solutions to risk factors must be grounded in a valid general theory of developmental, teaching, and schooling processes.