We know that when teachers engage in equitable classroom practices, students benefit. But we don't know enough about how to support all teachers to learn these practices.

The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) is a collaborative of professional learning (PL) organizations, researchers, school systems, and foundations advancing educational equity for our nation’s students by strengthening and building the usable evidence on teacher learning.

 

We’re transforming teacher learning and practice to ensure that all students—especially those from historically marginalized groups—learn rigorous content and thrive in equitable schools.

 

 

Why Professional Learning?

School systems across the country invest billions of dollars each year on teacher learning. These investments are well-warranted—teachers are the single largest within-school factor supporting student learning and socio-emotional development.

But, while we know PL focused on content, coaching, teacher collaboration, and curriculum materials can boost student outcomes, there’s so much we don’t know, such as:

  • Time: The number of hours of PL focused on a topic or delivered in a particular format that leads to the highest impact on teacher learning.
  • Content: The specific or pedagogical content knowledge progressions that teachers should work through to dramatically improve their practice and impact student learning.
  • Sustainability: Which focus areas and formats of PL sustain impact on teacher practice and student learning long after the conclusion of the engagement.
  • Scale: How to scale PL programs or models while maintaining quality and effectiveness.

With over 3.5 million teachers in the United States, the opportunity is enormous to advance teacher development and transform learning for all students.

 

Why a Research-Practice Partnership?

Establishing a research-practice partnership anchored by practice organizations, led by researchers, and supported by funders, fueled by a common interest in teacher PL, is a new and powerful idea.

We share a feeling of urgency to improve PL research for the benefit of our organizations’ services as well as for teacher impact and student learning. Collectively, the members of our collaborative have relationships with more than 700 school systems across the nation. These relationships will allow us to create productive learning partnerships, conduct PL research, collect comparative data, and engage in meta-analyses across organizations.

 

Who We Are

RPPL’s partner organizations share a desire to strengthen program design, results, and efficacy especially for historically marginalized student populations. The cross-organizational relationships and practices we are establishing will create the infrastructure for sustained learning in the teacher PL ecosystem for years to come.

 

Organizations

  • Achievement Network
  • Annenberg Institute
  • Instruction Partners
  • Leading Educators
  • Teaching Lab
  • TNTP
  • UnboundEd

 

Members

  • Robert Berry
    Professor and Associate Dean
    University of Virginia

    RPPL Research Advisor

  • Bailey Cato Czupryk
    Vice President, Practice, Diagnostics, and Impact
    TNTP

  • Cassie Coddington
    Partner, Impact
    TNTP

  • Kristen Ehlman
    Interim Chief Program Officer
    UnboundEd

  • Emily Freitag
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Instruction Partners

  • Heather Hill
    Faculty
    Annenberg Institute at Brown University

  • Sarah Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Teaching Lab

  • Susanna Loeb
    Professor of Education and International and Public Affairs and Director
    Annenberg Institute at Brown University

  • Alex Maus
    Managing Director, Data Governance and Special Project Achievement
    Achievement Network

  • Laura Meili
    Chief Impact Officer
    Leading Educators

  • Pamela Paek
    Deputy Chief of Research, Strategy, and Evaluation
    UnboundEd

  • John Papay
    Associate Professor of Education and Economics
    Annenberg Institute at Brown University

  • Carter Romansky
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Achievement Network

  • Nate Schwartz
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Annenberg Institute at Brown University

  • Rebecca Taylor-Perryman
    Managing Director of Data & Evaluation
    Leading Educators

  • Shaye Worthman
    Director, Learning & Research
    Teaching Lab

 

RPPL is supported by:

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
  • and more