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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Qed's mission is to build - and inspire and help others to build - transformational learning environments, in and out of schools, that engage all students in successful and sustainable growth and learning.

Programs: Transformational change model: providing founding support, training, resources and technical assistance for schools and learning environments implementing qed's transformational change model.

competency bases learning systems: supporting the design, development, and implementation of competency-based learning systems through the development and dissemination of online tools and resources coupled with technical assistance, strategic planning, professional development, and school coaching.

personalized learing: deepening awareness and understanding of how people learn and the mental process of learning through developing and providing training, resources, and tools (learner sketch tool) for equitable. Healthy, high functioning learning environments.

demonstrating mastery, building capacity and building demand.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the last ten years I have watched QED educate students and make a positive difference in their lives, providing them with an environment of discovery and learning that best prepares them not only for their future careers, but also for leadership roles in our society. It has been wonderful the transformation of children into young men and women who are ready to go out and tackle the problems of our society. Kim Carter has assembled a talented and dedicated group of educators and staff who are dedicated to creating a dynamic and challenging learning experience for all students, no matter what their abilities, interests, or backgrounds.

1 Melinda35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

QED's vision is one that should be widespread. Embracing each individual for their unique skills and creating student-focused collaborative learning are things that we desperately need more of in American education. Thank you for leading by stupendous example.

1 Marcea G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the people from QED for many years and am always amazed at the depth of knowledge they have, and their ability to synthesize the most current pieces of research and transfer that synthesis of understanding into manageable practice for schools. I've never met more knowledgeable educators in my 30 years as an educator.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Q.E.D. on various aspects of developing extended learning opportunities (ELOs) in New Hampshire high schools for several years. They have a deep understanding of both the philosophical underpinnings and practical realities of ELOs. They are big thinkers and I greatly value their perspective in both project planning and project evaluation meetings. Their particular gift is to haul conversations out of the weeds and remind a group of original intents, long term transformative goals, and sometimes, useful reframing of an issue. They have a vast bag of strategies and tools, and an unflagging passion for student learning. We also collaborated (Keene State College and Q.E.D.) on an ELO reference website and they were very generous in sharing all the tools they'd developed over time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Kim Carter, Executive Director and her team at QED many times over the years. Kim is a nationally respected leader with a long-standing commitment to educational reform that deeply respects each learner, parent, educator, and community. She brings a rare mix of expertise in so many critical area, including educational practice, policy, neuroscience, leadership, organizational change, program development, and management. I have learned much from Kim over the years and know that collaborating with her and her team at QED has increased my productivity and the quality of my work. Kim and the team at QED make a real difference every day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kim and her colleagues are expert at personalized learning and democratic schooling. Well known and respected regionally and nationally, QED resources are helpful to all schools, non-profit organizations and individuals interested in learning about learning.
Chris Haskins, Rhode Island

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the fine folks at QED for a long time and have found them to be creative, positive, enthusiastic, and inspiring. They're some of the best educators I know (and I know a lot of educators) and they're committed to staying up to date on research, best practices, and new faces in the field. I work with them whenever I have the chance!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The New Hampshire-based QED foundation is quietly in the process of building the next revolution in American education. QED and their powerful demonstration schools (Making Community Connections ) are realizing the full potential of democratic, learner centered, and community-based education. In this age of test-prep and scripted curriculum, QED is a breath of fresh air. The U.S desperately needs outstanding models for 21st century progressive schools and QED is leading the way. QED is also at the forefront of applying the principles of neurodiversity to help every student construct an educational experience that is tailored to their real learning needs and designed to help them work from their strengths to address their challenges. From their remarkable Learner Sketch Tool to the more in-depth training of the Neurodevelopmental Framework for Learning, QED is focused on a student's passions and assets which are then leveraged to help them address areas of challenge that may be preventing them from reaching their highest potential.

3 Erin122

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The director of QED, Kim Carter, has helped move our district, in California, forward in the area of Competency-Based Learning. She is unbelievably knowledgeable and passionate about helping all students reach their potential. She provides an environment where students are equipped with the tools, skills, and knowledge that will prepare them for life after high school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

QED is a remarkable organization! If it weren't for QED and the wisdom of Kim Carter and Elizabeth Cardine, I could have never started the Expanded Learning Opportunities program at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. They are brilliant, innovative, supportive, and generous. I would highly recommend them for any possible collaboration or consultation!