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IES Announces Grants for Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners
June 30, 2016

IES Announces Grants for Collaboration Between Researchers and Practitioners

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to foster collaborative research on specific policy and practice challenges identified by local or state educators. The five grants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 are awarded by IES' National Center for Education Research under the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research topic in the Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy program (CFDA 84.305H).

This topic supports collaboration between research institutions and state or local education agencies on issues of high priority for the education agency. The FY 2016 grantees are working directly with school districts and state education agencies to address specific challenges around a variety of areas.

The research grants are:

The New York State Literacy Zone Researcher-Practitioner Partnership
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Cronen, American Institutes for Research (AIR). Partner institutions are AIR, New York State Education Department's Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, and the Literacy Assistance Center;

Urban STEM Elementary (USE) Partnership: Measuring Benchmarks to Success
Principal Investigator: Melanie LaForce, University of Chicago. Partner institutions are Outlier Research & Evaluation at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago, and the Office of College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools;

Research Partnership to Improve Human Resource Management in Minneapolis Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Elton Mykerezi, University of Minnesota. Partner institutions are Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the University of Minnesota (UMN), and St. Catherine's University;

Increasing the Capacity of Early Childhood Education Programs to Use Data to Improve Implementation and Evaluation
Principal Investigator: James Cook, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC). Partner institutions are UNCC and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools;


Research Partnership to Improve a Multi-tiered System of Supports in Early Childhood Programs in a Large Urban District
Principal Investigator: Howard Goldstein, University of South Florida (USF). Partner institutions are USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools.

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Media Contact: Dana Tofig, Communications Director, Institute of Education Sciences, 202-245-8235,