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The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (Stanford GSE) and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) invites Stanford GSE doctoral students to apply to work in SFUSD’s Action Research Team during the 2015-2016 school year. Throughout their careers, most Stanford GSE doctoral students will be expected to form relationships with large urban districts and other education organizations across the nation in order to gain access to research sites and large data sets. The partnership provides an ideal opportunity for you to learn how to form these important relationships, gain experience working closely with practitioners, and have hands-on experience working with data sets within SFUSD.  This role within the Stanford/SFUSD partnership cannot be understated, as you would work on the most immediate, short-term projects aligned to SFUSD’s research agenda and strategic plan, which will enable SFUSD personnel to use their research findings in real time to evaluate and inform decisions.  Although students are not precluded from doing publishable research, most of the research projects will be for SFUSD internal use only, and will provide a counterbalance to the more methodologically complex and longer-term research conducted by Stanford professors. 

SFUSD Action Research Team will consist of Stanford doctoral students working as research assistants for SFUSD, led by a Supervisor within SFUSD’s Research, Planning, and Accountability Department.  The Research Assistantships are available to doctoral students entering their second year of doctoral work or beyond. They are for one academic year at 0.25 FTE (with the potential of renewal each year). The SFUSD Action Research Team will conduct research based on SFUSD’s research agenda. At the conclusion of one year of ART service, students may be allowed one publishable project (to be used as a qualifying paper or dissertation chapter, for example) negotiated between the doctoral student, the SFUSD research department, and the doctoral students’ advisors, subject to criteria about the project’s usefulness to the district and generalizability to other contexts.

To submit an application for the SFUSD Action Research Team and learn more about the position, please read the FAQ and complete the application form and include a writing sample authored solely by the doctoral student applying to the SFUSD Action Research Team.

The timeline for submitting, reviewing, and announcing these research assistantship positions is:

Applications dueApplications reviewedPositions on team announced
May 4, 2015, 12AM midnightMay 2015June 1, 2015

If you have any questions, please contact Norma Ming at or 510-495-6545.