REDY consists of three major components: research, public engagement, and training. Our mission is to produce cutting-edge research on matters related to the education of children and young adults. Topics range from an examination of the factors that determine academic outcomes to the implications of education for life-chance outcomes. To narrow the gap between research and praxis, REDY contains a public engagement component to both promote the research generated from REDY and to implement interventions within educational settings that are rooted in empiricism. Finally, REDY contains a training component that would allow both undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University to engage in research related to education.