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Alegría, Margarita; O'Malley, Isabel Shaheen – William T. Grant Foundation, 2022
Identifying causal mechanisms is an essential aspect of disparities research. Rigorous investigations of mechanisms can open the black box and clarify linkages in the causal chain, indicating how effects occur. Studies of mechanisms can also illuminate novel ways to reduce inequality when intervention at the root cause of unequal outcomes is not…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Causal Models, Equal Education, Financial Support
Booker, Laura; Conaway, Carrie; Schwartz, Nate – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
When well executed, research-practice partnerships (RPPs) can be powerful mechanisms for producing relevant and useful knowledge and facilitating its integration into policy and practice to improve youth outcomes. But without taking intentional steps to avoid common hurdles, it's likely that many partnerships will fail to fulfill this potential.…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Failure, Barriers
Smeeding, Timothy – William T. Grant Foundation, 2019
This essay is meant to inspire thinking about how the reader might aim research toward finding policy solutions that disrupt the larger foundations of inequality in the United States to improve youth outcomes (in terms of upward mobility and the factors which promote it), as well as to find policies to promote the attributes that accompany a…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Income
Louie, Vivian; Wilson-Ahlstrom, Alicia – William T. Grant Foundation, 2018
While the longstanding structural challenges in the professional development of junior scholars of color can be confronted through strong mentoring relationships, the potential power of effective mentoring will only be realized when the environments in which these relationships exist begin to change. Derived from insights gleaned from grantees of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Minority Group Students, African American Students, Barriers
Coburn, Cynthia E.; Penuel, William R.; Geil, Kimberly E. – William T. Grant Foundation, 2015
This design-research partnership involves learning scientists, design researchers, and graduate students from the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center and the College of Education at the University of Washington (UW), and district staff, teachers, and students from the Bellevue School District (BSD). The goal of their work is…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, School Districts, Case Studies
Coburn, Cynthia E.; Penuel, William R.; Geil, Kimberly E. – William T. Grant Foundation, 2015
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a nonprofit, operating foundation with a long tradition of developing and studying ways to improve teaching practice. For the past three years, the Carnegie Foundation has initiated three different Networked Improvement Communities (NICs). The first, Quantway, is addressing the high…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Partnerships in Education, Educational History, Organizational Objectives
Coburn, Cynthia E.; Penuel, William R.; Geil, Kimberly E. – William T. Grant Foundation, 2015
In the current educational 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…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement
Coburn, Cynthia E.; Penuel, William R.; Geil, Kimberly E. – William T. Grant Foundation, 2013
Pressures are increasing on educational policy and practice to use research to guide improvement. Recently there have been concerted efforts to forge new and different kinds of relationships between researchers and practitioners. School districts across the country are developing a new kind of partnership with researchers. These research-practice…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Theory Practice Relationship