Creating Partnerships, Creating Change for Students.
The Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative is a research practice partnership between the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) and nine local school districts. It began in 2016 as an idea shared by Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), and Jim Lianides, former superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. Their idea was to create a long-standing, mutually beneficial partnership between the GSE and Sequoia Union and its 8 elementary feeder districts. The Stanford- Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative was officially launched in the fall of 2017 when all nine local school districts agreed to partner on a set of research projects with Stanford GSE faculty. These projects all focus on equity issues, with most specifically addressing the performance of English learners.
The Collaborative's theory of action is that by co-creating research projects that are aligned closely with school districts' problems of practice, district leaders and practitioners will work together to produce actionable findings for school districts that also benefit the larger field of education. Ultimately, this shift in the way both partners do and use research, will lead to positive changes for students.