Investigating Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration in Real-life Problems of Practice with English Learners

This grant will support the development of research-practice partnerships to infuse evidence-based instructional practices in classrooms in order to improve literacy outcomes for elementary English language learners.

The proposed project will enable practitioners from five medium-sized urban school districts to partner with education intermediaries and researchers who study English language learners (ELs) to incorporate evidence-based EL instructional practices into their existing delivery models. StandardsWork will convene five working groups, each of which will develop an understanding of the relevant evidence-based instructional practices, design a field test action plan for capturing changes in districts and schools, and participate in facilitated sessions to plan ways to implement the recommended evidence-based practices into a school’s EL service delivery model. The initial convening will be followed by a four-to-six month implementation period, after which teams will come together to discuss their experiences and share refined action plans for expanding and sustaining implementation of these evidence-based practices across their districts.

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