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Identifying School District Leaders Who Make Education Research Work

By Sarah D. Sparks — June 25, 2015 1 min read
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From federal grant makers to college deans, everybody talks about how important it is for researchers and educators to work together on critical issues. But finding school partners who have the time, energy, and motivation to work with researchers long-term can be a tough task.

So, for all you education researchers: If you are working with a really great education leader who has helped you develop your line of study and might have things to teach other educators about partnering with researchers, let us know. Nominations for Education Week‘s annual Leaders to Learn From honors have opened.

For example, 2015 Leader Richard A. Carranza, superintendent of San Francisco Unified public schools, led the district to partner with Stanford University researchers to study how English-language learners in English-only and bilingual programs fared academically over time. The study, which found better long-term outcomes for students in bilingual programs, led the district to rethink its approach and double down on its commitment to bilingualism and biliteracy for all students, not just English-learners.

You can nominate a leader here.


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A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.