The Center for Research Use in Education is “Rethinking Research for Schools” (R4S)

Our mission

 is to expand the study of research use and produce a more holistic picture of what drives it, from the production of knowledge by researchers to the application of research in schools. We also seek to identify strategies that can make research more meaningful to classroom practice.  

Why Research Use?

  At our center, we believe that education research is an important part of the educational process. We further believe that rigorous evidence, whether qualitative or quantitative, can foster better opportunities and outcomes for children by empowering educators, families, and communities with additional knowledge to inform better decision-making. For this reason, we seek to support strong ties between research and practice.   

What do educational professionals use to inform what happens in their classrooms, schools, and districts?

This is the purpose of the survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES). School Districts (20) and charter schools (20) have been randomly selected to participate in this survey. These schools are currently being contacted by our staff inviting them to participate. Ultimately, we will have information from 300 schools and over 12,000 teachers and school administrators  

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Our Work

Learn more about our two-part research plan and our guiding framework.

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Resources

Check out user guides, fact sheets, and more downloadable resources.

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Publications

Delve into our team’s library of research on knowledge utilization.

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Our Team

Get to know the R4S team and their powerful mix of expertise.

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Partners

We’re proud to have a strong foundation of institutional support behind our Center.

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Blog

Find insights from stakeholders about their work with evidence.

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Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls @RalphCSTEM Of course! Please reach out to any of our team...you can find our contact info at https://t.co/2T2mHlsXX6 1 week ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls Lots of interest in the analysis of Reading Recovery data at the poster session #IESPimeeting #IESPIMtg. Kudos to… https://t.co/d2A9xzPE9M 1 week ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls R4S' Horatio Blackman preparing for "Using Research & Evidence in Decision-making" at #IESPIMeeting. Thanks distri… https://t.co/4r2CjWZgB1 1 week ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls RT @RalphCSTEM: @bpenuel @Rsrch4Schls One of the MANY reasons RPPs are an important piece of connecting researchers and practitioners. Grea… 1 week ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls RT @ccfarrell: @wtgrantfdn Any discussion of "use of research evidence" is just the tip of the iceberg. Underlying assumptions about human… 4 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls What is the difference between "research impact" and "research use?" Farley-Ripple continues "Bracing for Impact"… https://t.co/b7OcqkUCSC 6 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls Farley-Ripple begins a series, "Bracing for Impact," https://t.co/NOhLq1pFm3 today on the concept of "research impa… https://t.co/mmgAms08hT 6 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls The use of research evidence (URE) in policy & practice is relevant to many academic disciplines. Farley-Ripple an… https://t.co/JoGeKmkWeJ 7 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls What does Ed Research have to learn from Paul Revere (and Dr. Jenny Rankin)? See Rankin's blog at Research4schools… https://t.co/jBXtvGVg7h 12 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls The article has a useful structure: this is what research says, this is what it looks like in the classroom. It str… https://t.co/cyRq6hF7ql 12 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls @teacherhead speaking on how ideas spread, focusing on one paper widely popular in UK. What makes it so impactful?… https://t.co/rbGq4Jzorx 12 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls We split again! Too many choices. Now covering science of acquiring new knowledge and why a particular paper is so… https://t.co/P9GjM0Mk17 12 weeks ago