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Gamoran, Adam; Murnane, Richard – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
Educational inequality is a long-standing and persistent challenge. Never has this inequality been more evident than during the COVID-19 era. The pandemic put existing divisions into sharp relief, and made them worse. Recent evidence tells a terrible story of the consequences of the pandemic--and the response of the education system to the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Research
Ming, Norma – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
Analyzing education through the lens of implementation science illustrates its potential for addressing fundamental challenges in education (Century & Cassata, 2016). Learning emerges from rapidly-changing experiences and high-intensity social interactions, which requires instruction to continually adapt. These adaptations vary in content and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship
Kamenetz, Anya – William T. Grant Foundation, 2023
History suggested that COVID's impacts would be severe, wide-ranging, long-lasting, and above all, deeply unequal. As the effects of COVID linger on, researchers have a crucial role to play in cataloging them. Even more important, by developing knowledge about exactly who is affected and how, researchers can provide evidence that points the way…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Research, Evidence
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
Tseng, Vivian – William T. Grant Foundation, 2022
The puzzle of how to connect research with policy and practice is a vital area for scientific inquiry. The William T. Grant Foundation believes that attempts to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice should be subject to rigorous theory building and empirical analysis. The stakes are high for the research community: If we do…
Descriptors: Research Utilization, Educational Research, Evidence, Educational Policy
Farrell, Caitlin C.; Penuel, William R.; Coburn, Cynthia E.; Daniel, Julia; Steup, Louisa – William T. Grant Foundation, 2021
Change is elemental to research-practice partnerships (RPPs). Designed to diverge from traditional approaches to research by shifting power relations and engaging perspectives from outside the academy, it is no surprise that RPPs continue to pursue new avenues for producing knowledge and improving systems. But in a field that embraces both…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Partnerships in Education, Definitions, Equal Education
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
Henrick, Erin C.; Cobb, Paul; Penuel, William R.; Jackson, Kara; Clark, Tiffany – William T. Grant Foundation, 2017
Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) have emerged as a promising strategy for bridging the current gulf between research and practice by bringing together experts from both fields to address problems facing K-12 U.S. education. Education RPPs provide the organizational structure to facilitate sustained collaboration between researchers and…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education
Tseng, Vivian – William T. Grant Foundation, 2017
Many of the researchers in research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are drawn to them because of frustrations that their work--while esteemed by academic colleagues--too infrequently influences education policies or practices. Many district partners in RPPs also have backgrounds as researchers, and they too want to see research address stubborn…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Research Utilization
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