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Working in Partnership to Improve Educational Outcomes among Black Students: Wisconsin State Education Convention

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Central Time

Wisconsin State Education Convention
Milwaukee, WI


Research-practice partnerships have emerged as a strategy to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing a structure for sustained collaboration among stakeholders to address complex educational challenges. This past year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest (REL Midwest) launched the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, a research-practice partnership focused on improving educational outcomes among Black students. This presentation provides an overview of research-practice partnerships, describes the current work of the alliance, offers perspectives from state and district alliance members, and outlines the free research and technical assistance support available to school boards through REL Midwest.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance


  • Kyle Fagan, Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Jameela Conway-Turner, Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Chrishirella Warthen-Sutton, Ph.D., Manager, Office of Family & Community Engagement, Racine Unified School District
  • Carl Frederick, Research Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction