SERP engages in several types of partnerships—field site partnerships, research study partnerships, design partnerships, and professional learning partnerships.

SERP Field Site Partnerships

When SERP and a school district enter into a field site partnership, a set of critical mutual commitments are made. SERP commits to follow the district’s lead regarding the focal problem for the partnership work. This reverses the typical relationship of district and researcher, where work often begins with the researcher and is then spread to districts. Once the district has identified the target problem, SERP recruits researchers with varying expertise related to that problem to contribute to framing. The match between the district’s interests and the interests of participating researchers determines who will constitute the research and development team for the project. Together, the team follows the contours of a problem in order to understand impact, and revise or expand the program of work in response to evidence.

Research Study Partnerships

SERP works with numerous districts to conduct randomized controlled studies of teaching and learning to examine the effectiveness of educational products and interventions. For the sake of data privacy, participants in specific studies are not identified. A partial list of districts who have served as valuable partners are:

Baltimore City Public Schools, Public Schools of Beloit, Chicago Public Schools, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, District of Columbia Public Schools, Everett Public Schools, Fort Madison Independent School District, Jackson Public Schools, Leominster Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, New York City Department of Education, Oakland Unified School District, Penns Valley Area School District, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Santa Fe Public Schools, Worcester Public Schools, and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Design Partnerships

SERP's commitment to user-centered design requires that the organization enlist the aid of practitioners in the field to respond to prototypes, test usability, and offer feedback.

  • Teachers from Pacifica, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Hayward were instrumental in the development of Poster Problems.
  • San Jose Unified School District and the Austin Independent School District contributed to the development of Advancing Academic Language for All!
  • Teachers from the Bronx and San Francisco are currently developing the next iteration of Science Generation lessons for middle school.

Professional Learning Partnerships

SERP supports districts that are interested in locally implementing or incorporating products that emerged from a field site.

  • SERP worked with the New York City Department of Education's Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) to develop systematic ways to support schools and teachers to use the Word Generation academic language program. NYC DOE has developed numerous supplements and training materials for Word Generation, and uses Word Generation as the center of its Saturday Debate Tournaments. SERP also supported MSQI to launch the STARI adolescent reading program in several schools.
  • Internal coherence work was extended through partnerships with Fort Worth Independent School District (TX) and with the Clovis School District (CA) working in collaboration with the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute at Fresno State University.

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