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ERIC Number: ED568537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-8
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Case Study I: The John W. Gardner Center and Redwood City 2020
Coburn, Cynthia E.; Penuel, William R.; Geil, Kimberly E.
William T. Grant Foundation
In the current education landscape, pressures are ever increasing on educational policy and practice to use research to guide improvement. In recent years, federal programs, such as No Child Left Behind, Reading First, and Race to the Top, have all provided strong incentives for the use of research in decision-making. Research-practice partnerships are a promising strategy for improving schools and districts. It often difficult, however, for researchers and district administrators involved in partnerships to learn from one another. It can also be challenging for those interested in developing new partnerships to learn about different ways they might organize their work or anticipate and address the issues they may face. What is needed is a more robust dialogue in which district leaders, researchers, policymakers, and funders speak candidly about the strategic trade-offs partnerships face and the resources that are required for success. The white paper "Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts" (Coburn, C. E., Penuel, W. R., & Geil, K. E. January 2013) is an important part of moving that conversation forward by: (1) Defining research-practice partnerships; (2) Identifying the major types of partnerships that operate at the district level; and (3) Describing challenges partnerships face, and strategies for addressing these challenges. To do so, the authors draw on a review of existing research, and illustrate the work of research-practice partnerships in action. The monograph provided here, "Case Study I: The John W. Gardner Center and Redwood City 2020" is a supplement to the white paper, and provides a detailed description of the partnership between the John W. Gardner Center and Redwood City 2020. It includes the history, nature of the partnership, the challenges the partnership has encountered, and the benefits of the partnership. The hope is that the white paper and the supplements can guide those seeking to develop or maintain research-practice partnerships as well as funders of such partnerships. [This case study is a supplement to "Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts," ED568396.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: William T. Grant Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A