Coburn, Penuel, and Geil define research-practice partnerships, identify the major types of partnerships that operate at the district level, describe challenges partnerships face and strategies for addressing these challenges. The authors draw on a review of existing research and interviews with participants in research-practice partnerships across the country.

Four supplemental case studies focus on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Networked Improvement Communities, the University of Washington and Bellevue School District Partnership, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, and the The John W. Gardner Center and Redwood City 2020 Partnership.

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