Temple Lovelace

Founder and Executive Director

Assessment for Good

Temple S. Lovelace is the Founder and Executive Director of Assessment for Good. Assessment for Good, an inclusive R&D program at AERDF, is committed to transforming the role of assessment in the lives of Black and Latinx learners so that it affirms and honors the continuum of their development. As a research affiliate of The Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Temple’s research focuses on the intersection of disability, race, and gender, with a specific focus on pathways of opportunity for neurodivergent learners. 

Previously, Temple was an Associate Professor of Special Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2018, she launched eXiLab, a cooperative incubator in the School of Education that tested a set of experimental and non-experimental methods for inclusive R&D that focuses on advancing equitable learning opportunities accessible to learners across various contexts. These methods became emancipatory R+D, which several organizations across the U.S. are trialing. During her tenure in Pittsburgh, PA, Temple has worked to support the advocacy of learners, educators, and community members through three successful university - school - community collaboratives: Youth Leading Change, Education Uncontained, and Girlhood Rising. Through the eXi Lab, Temple supported educators and learners as they implemented localized R&D at the intersection of innovation and liberatory practice to support positive youth development, agentic learning, and wellbeing.