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Session Type: Paper Symposium
Public and private investments have led to greater rigor in educational research, on one hand, and a push for districts to implement evidence-based programs, on the other. Despite these parallel and seemingly reinforcing trends, the gap between research and practice remains large (Tseng, 2012). Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers have increasingly called for greater usability of research (Tseng, 2012) and greater innovation in the ways social science is deployed to solve educational problems (Bryk, 2009; Easton, 2014; Raver, 2013). As suggested in an SRCD Social Policy Report, developing research-practice partnerships may be a uniquely effective strategy for producing relevant research findings and supporting practice and policy (Easton, 2012; Tseng, 2012).
This symposium presents three research-practice partnerships in large urban school districts, each designed to address pressing educational issues in these local contexts: (1) In New York City, researchers and district leaders have partnered to monitor and ensure quality during a rapid expansion of universal pre-kindergarten; (2) in D.C., a research-practice team examines how technology-enhanced teaching and learning is affecting student achievement and district policy; (3) in Los Angeles, researchers are helping the school district infuse research and evidence-based decision-making into their college and career readiness plan. The papers in this session will describe these partnership projects; highlight how and why partnerships are effective at influencing policy; note challenges inherent to this work; and identify key ingredients of successful partnerships across different projects with different aims in different settings. A national leader in education, as discussant, will address implications for policy change.
Strengthening the Research Architecture for High-Quality Universal Pre-K: A University-District Partnership - Presenting Author: Pamela Morris, NYU; C Cybele Raver, New York University; Elise Cappella, New York University; Sophia Pappas, New York City Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education; Natalia Rojas, New York University; Rachel Abenavoli, New York University
Developing a Researcher-Practitioner Partnership to Understand Blended Learning in K-8 Classrooms - Presenting Author: June Ahn, New York University
Identifying Key Educational Benchmarks and Practices that Help Students Meet Them: A Project of a University-District Partnership - Presenting Author: Meredith Phillips, UCLA and Los Angeles Education Research Institute; Kyo Yamashiro, CGU and Los Angeles Education Research Institute; Carol Alexander, Los Angeles Unified School District; Thomas Jacobson, UCLA and Los Angeles Education Research Institute; Carrie Miller, UCLA and Los Angeles Education Research Institute