Research Practice Partnership

Bridging the divide between rigorous academic research and classroom realities is pivotal in enhancing student outcomes and addressing educational disparities.

Evidence-Based Practices: Before scaling research initiatives, it's imperative to validate their quality and evidence-backed efficacy, ensuring they resonate with real-world educational challenges.
Human-Centric Approach: While technology offers valuable tools for education, the essence of learning lies in human interaction and relationships, reflecting the diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds of students.
Collaborative Synergy: Effective integration of research into practice demands a cohesive collaboration across various stakeholders. This includes research expertise, policy and fiscal management, instructional leadership, and a deep understanding of the nuances of teacher work. Together, we can craft solutions that are both innovative and grounded in practicality.

I am committed to empowering educators and students with evidence-based practices for success.

Transforming Learning in Middle & High Schools

Reading Ways is a full-service consultancy that offers research-based approaches to support literacy in every content area. Their objectives are to elevate reading scores, foster a new generation of students who can effectively engage with digital texts, create a community of teachers dedicated to refining their teaching methods, and align instructional missions across all subject areas. As a collaborator and chair of the research advisory board at Reading Ways, I have contributed to their work by reviewing research on how to support student learning and literacy outcomes in middle and high schools and developing resources to support these practices in schools. I have also collaborated on an IES funded grant with Dr. Shannon Bosley to develop new tools that support research to practice pathways in education.

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Strategic Educational Research Partnership

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) on an IES funded randomized trial of the Word Generation program. Through sustained collaborations among researchers, practitioners, and designers, SERP generates innovative, scalable solutions to our schools' most pressing problems. Their work focuses on increasing equity, improving student learning, and giving teachers and students greater agency. I have been consistently impressed by the resources that SERP has produced for schools, including those to support adolescent literacy, and their innovative thinking about how research can be leveraged to improve schools.

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State-wide Networks

I believe that state and regional networks can play a critical role in translating research into practice, and my involvement in this endeavor began with an invitation to join an informal network in Ohio led by Rachel Daniel. We focused on examining research articles on adolescent literacy and their implications for Ohio schools, eventually growing in size and impact with support from State Support Team 3, resulting in a webinar series and close collaboration with regional and school leaders. Our work has been presented at the American Educational Research Association and the Literacy Research Association. Similar networks have since been established in other states, including Nevada, where regional leaders are now working directly with schools to scale research-based practices.

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Clients and Collaborators