Four CREA researchers, Javier Díez-Palomar, Oriol Ríos, Ana Vidu and Mar Joanpere, are currently at Stanford University working with Professor Arnetha F. Ball at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, as part of the project SALEACOM – Overcoming Inequalities in Schools and Learning Communities: Innovative Education for a New Century.

SALEACOM is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) grant, running from January 2015 to December 2017, and funded by the H2020 Program (European Commission).

SALEACOM Project builds on collaboration between 7 research groups (Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Hungary, South Africa, Spain, USA) and 1 non-academic institution (Drom Kotar Mestipen) with a global scope to address educational and social exclusion in schools and learning communities. SALEACOM seeks to create an International Research Network that has the following aims: (I) to increase worldwide cooperation in the study of successful actions with children and youth systematically underserved; (II) to provide high-quality training programs for teachers and educational researchers aiming at overcoming inequalities; (III) to develop interdisciplinary solutions for and with learners most heavily affected by inequalities, including access and quality of higher education; (IV) to design strengths-based methodologies for international comparative research to further the impact of research on the lives of students who have been historically excluded (V) to create a global program of successful educational actions to be implemented across educational systems.

Dr. Ball, the USA member of SALEACOM network, is Co-Director of the Center for the study on Race, Ethnicity and Language (CREAL) and also the Co-Director of Race, Inequality and Language in Education Program (RILE). Dr. Ball is former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and co-convener for the WERA’s International Research Network (IRN) on “Overcoming Inequalities in Schools and Learning Communities: Innovative Education for a New Century.”