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Wednesday, October 11 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Chalkboard Talk: How our relationship with a K-12 school district reshaped our impact and theirs (30 mins)

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Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) formalized a research collaborative in fall 2010, modeled loosely after the successful collaborative Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). A key lesson from CCSR was that the partnership had to be equally beneficial to both institutions. As the DPS school district sought assistance in carrying out studies of importance to the district, sharing technical expertise, knowledge leading to improved outcomes for students, and visibility as a district engaged in important research, CU Denver sought access to data and research sites, strong relationships with schools and educational leaders, and opportunities to impact practice through significant research. Partnership work in 2010 through 2012 resulted in a number of useful studies, with a focus on success of English language learners and research on novice teacher preparation and early career development.

Inspired partly by successful research-and-practice partnerships such as SERP, Collective Impact, and STRIVE, SEHD expanded the model piloted by CCSR to develop the Center for Practice Engaged Education Research. C-PEER develops and supports university/practice site partnerships to co-design and conduct applied research. Studies are designed in iterative cycles to maximize early value of the research while serving original partnership goals of linking technical expertise and data access in service of research helping to improve problems of practice. C-PEER supports both faculty and student researchers in a variety of research partnerships.


Alan Davis

Professor, CU Denver

Kent Seidel

Assoc Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am MDT
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