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 What does Ed Research have to learn from Paul Revere (and Dr. Jenny Rankin)? See Rankin's blog at Research4schools… https://t.co/jBXtvGVg7h 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls Our own @FarleyRipple has presented findings elsewhere that for school based educators, unions are the most frequen… https://t.co/9bPqky9xlx 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls @HarveyBischof union sponsoring ResearchED plus workshops on things like cognitive science and other research based… https://t.co/XsCoD67o7N 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls @HarveyBischof sharing union member needs: this survey really helpful for thinking about what needs to be researche… https://t.co/zXRVLvTnAZ 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls We divided and conquered: now learning how to create research informed schools AND union engagement in this space.… https://t.co/eHZUlxcciQ 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls @WhatWorksED will have cost data in future! Big gap in how we think about evidence based decision making #redPhil 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls RT @effortfuleduktr: I highly recommend you follow the #rEDPhil hashtag today. Currently, as in right now, there is a conference in Philad… 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls RT @FarleyRipple: I’m amazed to see how far people have come to be here today...my first two contacts were from NC and TX. Speaks to the po… 3 weeks ago
Research 4 Schools Research 4 Schools @Rsrch4Schls RT @FarleyRipple: @Rsrch4Schls @WhatWorksED Favorite question of day: “I’m a teacher for 16 years. This is like gold. Why has it taken 16 y… 3 weeks ago