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Published on Dec 5, 2013
There have been increased calls for the use of research to inform education policy and practice. However, many barriers often prevent researchers, policymakers and practitioners from working together effectively. In addition to limited understanding of research among policymakers and practitioners, researchers' agendas often do not coordinate with practitioner needs. Social networks, intermediaries, and partnerships between research organizations and school districts can play a critical role in disseminating and interpreting research. The challenge is informing policymakers and practitioners of these existing opportunities, and the best way to take advantage of them. On December 5th, AYPF hosted a webinar highlighting the use of research-practice partnerships. Presenters included Dr. Cynthia Coburn, Professor at Northwestern University and author of "Research-Practice Partnerships: A Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement in School Districts"; Dr. Phil Bell, Professor and Director of the Institute for Science and Math Education, University of Washington; and Dr. Amy Gerstein, Executive Director, John W. Gardner Center for Youth at Stanford University.