Guide to the NNERPP EdWeek Blog

NNERPP’s “Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice” blog on EdWeek brings together researchers and those working in education agencies to discuss findings and reactions to RPP-produced research, and share promising partnership strategies and lessons learned through their experiences. Each week, the blog provides readers with two perspectives on the same topic, one from the researcher point-of-view, and one from the practitioner point-of-view.

Here, we organize Urban Education Reform blog posts by research topic area to help guide you towards posts of particular interest.



Teacher Preparation

How Teacher Preparation Programs Impact Student STEM Achievement | American Institutes for Research (June 5, 2017)

A Model for Preparing STEM Teachers | Teach (June 8, 2017)

Learning About Training Needs of Online Teachers | REL Midwest (November 13, 2017)

What Do Online Teachers Need To Succeed? | Wisconsin Virtual School (November 16, 2017)

Helping Prepare Teachers in Massachusetts for Day One | Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (October 15, 2018)

How Massachusetts Is Building Capacity of Educator-Preparation Programs | Abt Associates (October 18, 2018)

Teacher PD

What do Educators Want to Get Out of Professional Learning? | Tennessee Education Research Alliance ( June 26, 2017)

Learning about the State Role in Teacher Improvement | Tennessee Department of Education ( June 29, 2017)

New Study Sheds Light on Rural Teachers’ Professional Development Challenges | REL Southwest (October 9, 2017)

Research Findings Spur Efforts to Improve Professional Development for Rural Teachers | REL Southwest (October 12, 2017)

Here’s What Works Best in Teacher Professional Development | Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (April 2, 2018)

Becoming a Teacher-Researcher | Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (April 5, 2018)

Teacher Improvement

Do Teachers in Tennessee Improve Over Time? | Tennessee Education Research Alliance ( April 23, 2018)

A Look at Teacher Improvement in Tennessee | Tennessee Department of Education ( April 26, 2018)

Teacher Shortage

Tackling Teacher Recruitment and Retention Challenges in Idaho | Education Northwest/REL Northwest (February 19, 2018)

Finding Common Ground Through Data to Improve Idaho’s Teacher Pipeline | Homedale School District (February 22, 2018)

Exploring the Potential of Teacher Residencies | REL Midwest (February 26, 2018)

Challenges and Opportunities in Building a Teacher-Residency Program | Saginaw Valley State University College of Education (March 1, 2018)

How a Bilingual Educator Pipeline Gets Built | REL Northwest at Education Northwest (July 23, 2018)

Solving the Bilingual Teacher Shortage | Portland Public Schools (July 26, 2018)

Teacher Equity Gaps

Partnering to Assess Teacher Equity Gaps in Massachusetts | Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data on Education Research (January 22, 2018)

Why Teacher Equity Gaps Matter for Massachusetts, and How Research Helps | Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (January 25, 2018)


What Do Teachers and Research Say About Teaching in the Era of School Reform? | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (July 17, 2017)

Why Should Teachers Care About Research? | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (July 20, 2017)

What Teachers Tell Us About the Connections Between Standards, Curriculum, and Professional Learning | Tennessee Education Research Alliance (September 17, 2018)

How Teachers’ Insights Inform State Policy in Tennessee | Tennessee Department of Education (September 20, 2018)


High School Graduation

How Did Helping 9th Graders Improve Chicago’s Grad. Rates? | UChicago Consortium on School Research (July 24, 2017)

From School Failure to School Success: Lessons from a Chicago High School | Wells Community Academy High School (July 27, 2017)

What is the Role of Noncognitive Skills and School Environments in Students’ Transitions to High School? | REL Southwest (May 28, 2018)

Partnering to Reduce Achievement Gaps in New Mexico | Santa Fe Indian School (May 31, 2018)

What Does 9th Grade Success Mean and Why Is It Important? | School District of Philadelphia (June 25, 2018)

Getting On Track to Graduation | Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (June 28, 2018)

What We Know and What We Need to Know About High School Graduation and College Readiness Indicator Systems | UChicago Consortium on School Research (July 30, 2018)

How Chicago Is Supporting Educators in Using Early Warning Indicators | Network for College Success  (August 2, 2018)

Persisting Students’ Pathways and Experiences Through High School | Research Alliance for New York City Schools  (August 20, 2018)

How Schools Can Help Students Who Don’t Graduate on Time | Brooklyn Democracy Academy  (August 23, 2018)

School Climate and Culture

Adopting School Climate Surveys Under ESSA: A Model From Chicago | UChicago Consortium on School Research (April 3, 2017)

How a Chicago School Is Using Data to Improve School Climate | National Teachers Academy (April 6, 2017)

4 Key Strategies for Improving School Culture for Black and Latino Male Students | Research Alliance for New York City Schools (October 23, 2017)

How a High School Transformed Its School Culture | High School for Law and Public Service (October 26, 2017)

How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement? | UChicago Consortium on School Research (March 12, 2018)

Building a Strong School Climate to Support Student Achievement | UChicago Consortium on School Research (March 15, 2018)

Why School Climate Matters | Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (March 26, 2018)

Research Helps Make the Case for School Climate Initiatives | Cleveland Metropolitan School District (March 29, 2018)


Can After-School Programs Benefit Students’ Social and Emotional Health? | Jefferson County Public Schools (May 18, 2017)

The Role of After-School Environments in Students’ Academic Performance | Institute of Human Development and Social Change (December 11, 2017)

Strengthening After-School Programs by Building a ‘Knowledge Neighborhood’ | Good Shepherd Services (December 14, 2017)

School Discipline

Partnering to Reduce Disproportionate Exclusionary Discipline in Oregon | Education Northwest/REL Northwest (May 29, 2017)

Keeping Kids in Class: How an Oregon School District Is Reducing Exclusionary Discipline | Beaverton School District (June 1, 2017)

Can Research Offer Answers for the ‘Discipline Disparities’ Debate? | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (April 30, 2018)

Why Do School Discipline Disparities Exist? What the Evidence Can and Can’t Tell Us | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (May 3, 2018)

Social-Emotional Learning
Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning For Greater Equity | University of Louisville-Jefferson County Public Schools partnership (May 7, 2018)

Making the Shift Toward Deeper Learning | Jefferson County Public Schools (May 10, 2018)

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Three Principles for Culturally Relevant Teaching | Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (September 10, 2018)

Reaching all Students Through Culturally Responsive Teaching | David Douglas School District (September 13, 2018)

Charter Schools / School Choice

School Choice and Segregation: Evidence From New Orleans | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (April 10, 2017)

Should School Integration Be a Priority in New Orleans? | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (April 13, 2017)

Community Schools

Partnership for Equity: Learning from Oakland’s Full Service Community Schools | John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (May 14, 2018)

Becoming A Community School District | Oakland Unified School District (May 17, 2018)

School Turnaround

What 5 Years of Research Say About School Turnaround Efforts in Tennessee | Tennessee Education Research Alliance (November 6, 2017)

Difficult Conversations: Learning from Tennessee’s Turnaround Efforts | Tennessee Department of Education (November 9, 2017)

School Attendance

How Much Does Missing School Matter for Young Children? | Madison Education Partnership (October 1, 2018)

Understanding Surprising Research Findings on School Attendance | Madison Metropolitan School District (October 4, 2018)

School Transportation

How Does School Choice Affect Student Commutes in New Orleans? | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (October 8, 2018)

When Getting to School Is a Challenge | Black Education for New Orleans (October 11, 2018)


Advanced Course Taking

Working Toward Equitable Advanced Placement Programming | Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (June 12, 2017)

How to Support First-Time Advanced Placement Students | Gresham-Barlow Public School District (June 15, 2017)

Acceleration Programs

New Study Sheds Light on Students in Acceleration Programs | REL Midwest (May 8, 2017)

Study Sparks Conversations About Equal Access to Acceleration Programs | Minnesota Office of Higher Education (May 11, 2017)

Ethnic Studies
Science Curriculum

How San Francisco Is Transforming Science Education | Stanford-SFUSD Partnership (June 4, 2018)

Redefining Science Teaching and Learning | San Francisco Unified School District (June 7, 2018)


School Reconstruction in Houston after Harvey: An Opportunity to Learn From the Past | Houston Education Research Consortium (September 11, 2017)


College Access

Inequities in College Access and Success: Findings From New York City | Research Alliance for New York City Schools (May 22, 2017)

Beyond Tuition: Needs-Based Grants Can Close Racial Attainment Gaps | Young Invincibles (May 25, 2017)

Supporting College Access and Success: Findings from Los Angeles | Los Angeles Education Research Institute (July 3, 2017)

Learning About Post-High School Pathways of Baltimore Youths | Baltimore Education Research Consortium (February 5, 2018)

Using Data and Research to Promote Youth Success | Baltimore City Public Schools (February 8, 2018)

What Predicts Early College Success for Indiana Students? | REL Midwest (July 2, 2018

How Indiana Supports College Access and Success for All Students | Indiana Commission for Higher Education (July 5, 2018)

College Readiness

College Readiness in Los Angeles: Research-Driven Change, Part 1 | Los Angeles Unified School District (July 6, 2017)

College Counseling in Los Angeles: Research-Driven Change, Part 2 | Los Angeles Unified School District (July 7, 2017)

How Can We Identify the Most Pressing Problems in Postsecondary Readiness and Success? | Education Northwest (September 3, 2018)

Addressing Postsecondary Issues by First Getting the Problems Right | Los Angeles Unified School District (September 6, 2018)


Early Childhood Education

Early-Education Research: Transitional-Kindergarten Evaluation in San Francisco | Stanford-SFUSD Partnership (March 27, 2017)

What Does It Mean for a Child to Be Kindergarten-Ready? | San Francisco Unified School District (March 30, 2017)

Can Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds Help Close Equity Gaps? | Madison Education Partnership (June 19, 2017)

Strengthening School Readiness in New York City’s Pre-K for All | NYU Steinhardt (August 14, 2017)

Delivering on the Promise of New York City’s Pre-K for All | New York City Department of Education (August 17, 2017)

Kindergarten Readiness: Enhancing Equity With 4-Year-Old Kindergarten | Madison Education Partnership (December 18, 2017)

Helping the Littlest Learners: District Reflections on the Potential of 4-Year-Old Kindergarten | Madison Metropolitan School District (December 21, 2017)

Charter Schools, Pre-K, and the Question of Coordination, Part I | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (January 29, 2018)

Charter Schools, Pre-K, and the Question of Coordination, Part II | Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (February 1, 2018)

Should Increasing the Availability of Public Pre-K be a Priority in New Orleans? | Orleans Parish School Board (February 9, 2018)

From Age 3 to Grade 3: How Atlanta Promotes School Readiness and Achievement | The Urban Child Study Center (March 5, 2018)

Using Data and Research to Strengthen Early-Learning Efforts in Atlanta | Atlanta Public Schools (March 8, 2018)

Toward Kindergarten Readiness For Every Child | Baltimore Education Research Consortium (June 18, 2018)

Utilizing Research to Expand Early Childhood Services in Baltimore | Baltimore City Public Schools (June 21, 2018)

English Language Learners

What Works for English-Language Learners | Houston Education Research Consortium (April 17, 2017)

Research-Driven Policy: Houston’s English-Language Learner Program | Houston Independent School District (April 20, 2017)

Partnership With Practitioners Brings English-Learner Research to Life | Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (April 24, 2017)

Can Data Improve Student Achievement for English-Language Learners? | School District of Philadelphia (April 27, 2017)

Can Summer School Help English Learner Students Succeed? | Stanford-SFUSD Partnership (January 15, 2018)

Summer Learning for Immigrant Youth: A Model from San Francisco | San Francisco Unified School District (January 18, 2018)

Exercising Choice: English-Language Learners and School Choice | Houston Education Research Consortium (February 12, 2018)

Toward Equity in Access to School Choice | Houston Independent School District (February 15, 2018)

What Does Postsecondary Success Look Like For English Learners? | Cleveland Alliance for Education Research (August 27, 2018)

Helping Principals Support English Learners | Cleveland Metropolitan School District (August 30, 2018)