Marinating in Data—My Experience Working on Six Lessons to Facilitate Deep Ownership of Ambitious Instructional Reforms

January 16, 2020

Six Lessons to Facilitate Deep Ownership of Ambitious Instructional Reforms For several years, Research for Action and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education have been studying Philadelphia schools’ take-up of an instructional reform that has demonstrated positive impacts on teacher knowledge and student learning in math. The Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) is designed to…

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Dear Pittsburgh-Area Education Stakeholders!

December 13, 2019

If you don’t already know us, I’d like to introduce you to Research for Action (RFA) and tell you about an exciting new project we’ve launched called “ACER”: the Allegheny County Education Research project. RFA is a Pennsylvania-based research organization that uses research to drive improvements in educational opportunities for historically underserved children. For 25…

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Improving Equity in College Completion: RFA & CLASP Join Forces on Outcomes-Based Funding

October 18, 2017

Philadelphia-based Research for Action (RFA) and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) have embarked on a unique partnership to work with six states to better understand their approaches to rewarding public colleges and universities for both increasing student success and reducing equity gaps through outcomes-based funding (OBF). Based on their analysis,…

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Dr. Ruth Neild to Join Research for Action

January 3, 2017

Research for Action (RFA) is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Ruth Curran Neild will be joining the organization to serve as Director of its Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC). PERC, an initiative of RFA launched with a grant from the William Penn Foundation in 2014, is an innovative research-practice partnership serving Philadelphia’s public…

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RFA Releases Policy Brief on College Affordability

November 16, 2016

RFA’s latest PACER brief uses a wide array of state and national data to detail how and why the cost of college is so high in Pennsylvania, and offers evidence-based policy recommendations for making college more affordable to all Pennsylvanians. Read the brief here.

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RFA Releases New Policy Brief on Early Childhood Education

July 8, 2016

Policymakers are recognizing that Pennsylvania has fallen behind in providing equitable access to high quality early childhood education. Gov. Tom Wolf ran on a campaign promise of universal pre-k access and proposed an unprecedented budget increase for early childhood programs in 2016. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney has made pre-k a cornerstone of his education…

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RFA Research Featured on CNN

June 8, 2016

RFA’s Daniel Long was interviewed by CNN as part of a feature on Early Reading Matters, an initiative for which RFA serves as the evaluator. Read the article, and more about this project.

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RFA Presentations Featured at AERA 2016

April 7, 2016

Research for Action will once again make a strong showing at the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Annual Meeting. Check out our sessions, described below.   SATURDAY, APRIL 9   12:25-1:55 pm Convention Center, Level One, Room 158 A What Does “Fair” Mean to Students? Dr. Katrina Morrison will present her paper examining ninth grade students’ perceptions of…

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RFA’s Kate Shaw Testifies at Phila. City Council

March 11, 2016

RFA’s executive director, Kate Shaw, delivered testimony on February 18, 2016 to the Philadelphia City Council hearing on the impact of state budget cuts on the city’s schools. RFA shared statewide data collected in collaboration with PASA and PASBO on the ways in which districts across PA have responded to decreased state investment and rising mandated…

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Research for Action Appoints David Lapp as Director of Policy Research

February 29, 2016

Research for Action is excited to announce the appointment of David Lapp as its new Director of Policy Research. For the past seven years David has served as a Staff Attorney at the Education Law Center, where he represented dozens of families on a variety of education law issues and led a range of efforts…

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RFA Community Schools Op-Ed Published in Philadelphia Public School Notebook

February 18, 2016

Mayor Kenney’s first major policy announcement centered on plans to develop 25 community schools across Philadelphia, but the transition from school to comprehensive community hub requires a significant shift in mission and practice. RFA’s Mark Duffy and Della Jenkins explore what local policy-makers can learn from the experiences of other districts that have invested in the community schools approach…

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RFA’s Kate Shaw Presents at the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia with Otis Hackney

February 15, 2016

RFA’s Executive Director, Kate Shaw, was a guest speaker at the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia’s Education Funders Roundtable last Tuesday, February 9, 2016. She discussed the research on community schools, including key findings and insights from RFA’s recently published policy brief, “Community Schools in Practice: Research on Implementation and Impact.” Kate was joined by…

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RFA Commentary Featured in Education Week

February 1, 2016

Despite lackluster results from the “Recovery” and “Achievement” school districts in Louisiana and Tennessee, both Pennsylvania and Georgia are poised to adopt sweeping school turnaround plans modeled in their image. RFA’s Kate Shaw and Adam Schott co-authored an op-ed on the topic in last Thursday’s print edition of Education Week, featured today on their homepage,…

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RFA Releases Policy Brief on Community Schools

January 7, 2016

Community schools are receiving increased attention in Pennsylvania and across the country as policymakers and practitioners strive to address the effects of poverty on academic performance, and provide more comprehensive supports for traditionally-underserved populations. Earlier this month, the long-awaited and bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now the Every Student Succeeds Act…

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RFA Op-Ed Featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

December 8, 2015

With Congress poised to enact a large-scale revision to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, states will soon have more flexibility in rating, measuring and intervening in schools based on student test scores. RFA researchers Mark Duffy, Della Jenkins, and Adam Schott penned an op-ed that appeared in the Sunday, December 6 edition of the…

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RFA Named 2016-17 Barra Award Recipient

December 8, 2015

RFA learned this week that it is the recipient of a prestigious Barra Award from the Philadelphia-based Barra Foundation. According to the foundation, this two-year grant “rewards exemplary nonprofit organizations that demonstrate leadership, performance, and adaptability.” RFA is honored to be recognized along with a cadre of other highly-accomplished and diverse organizations. We look forward to…

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