Research-practice partnerships, long-term mutually beneficial formalized collaborations between education researchers and practitioners, are a promising strategy for producing more relevant research, improving the use of research evidence in decision making, and engaging both researchers and practitioners to tackle problems of practice. Although promising, research-practice partnerships are challenging to create and difficult to maintain.

NNERPP aims to develop, support, and connect partnerships in order to improve their productivity.


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Pia Peltola, REL Southwest Researcher, sheds light on rural teachers’ professional development challenges and shares how the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance is addressing those.

Haidee Williams, senior TA consultant at American Institutes for Research and REL Southwest, shares how the Oklahoma State Department of Education incorporated research on professional development for rural teachers completed through the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance.

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