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What Matters for District Learning? Exploring the Conditions that Lead to Greater Use of Research in Two Research-Practice Partnerships

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Eastern Time

2018 Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Spring Conference
Washington, D.C.


This panel will explore ways to engage effectively with practitioners to facilitate evidence-based decisionmaking. The panelists will draw on research, as well as the deep knowledge and experiences gained through two research-practice partnerships (RPPs): the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance (MAGRA) and the MIST Project. The first presentation will share recent research on the conditions under which school districts are best able to learn from external partners. The second presentation will describe the goals, activities, and lessons learned during MAGRA’s first year. Finally, the third presentation will share the findings from the MIST Project’s study of district partners’ adoption of research recommendations over nearly 10 years. The panel will end with a moderated discussion.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance


  • Caitlin Farrell, University of Colorado, Boulder—National Center for Research in Policy and Practice
  • Kyle Fagan, REL Midwest—Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance
  • Carl Frederick, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction—Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance
  • Erin Henrick, Vanderbilt University—MIST Project