Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium


Established in 1991 as a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education, Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) leads research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in PK12 education with the goal of informing policy, building the professional knowledge and skills of key stakeholders, contributing to the body of scholarly knowledge, and ultimately impacting outcomes relevant to students, schools, and communities.

Research to Classroom: Downloadable Briefs on Bullying, Absenteeism, Artificial Intelligence & More

The School of Education’s Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) published a wide range of research briefs on the emerging issues of PK12 education, including several that explore the immediacy of pandemic-related topics. 

Each brief provides a review of the literature, coupled with key takeaways and recommendations for policy and practice: