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The Power of Partnerships
UD’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) knows there is no better way to develop and implement research that makes a difference for children and families than to partner with those who serve them every day.

Faculty and students across our departments and centers are deeply engaged in researcher-practitioner collaborations, proving actionable results that improve our schools and our communities around the world.
Learn how we are making a difference.
Connecting Research and Practice in Education
How can we close the gap between educational research and practice in our schools or build a successful research-practice partnership?

 CEHD faculty Liz Farley-Ripple, Henry May, Laura Desimone and others in CEHD are working to identify and implement mechanisms to improve research-practice connections, such as ensuring research is timely, accessible and responsive to educator’s needs, and developed in the context of a trusting collaborative relationship. .
Are U.S. Children Prepared for Kindergarten?
Jason Hustedt was one of eight researchers who co-authored a report exploring "State Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry,” named the fifth most-read article in academic journals by AERA.

This collaborative study measured proficiency in emergent academic skills in eight state-funded pre-K programs across the U.S.  

Partnership Improves Student Writing
For five years,  Joshua Wilson has partnered with Delaware's largest school district to study the effects of using an automated computer software to evaluate and improve the writing skills of elementary school students.

Wilson’s work, funded through an IES grant, is the first to consider how the PEG software could be used in conjunction with classroom instruction. Its successful implementation has led Red Clay School District to expand the use of PEG to grades 3-6 districtwide.

Improving Inclusiveness in Schools
When UD's Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) asked school administrators what kept them up at night, they explained the numerous challenges they face accommodating the growing number of students with special needs.

So, DASL teamed up with UD's Center for Disabilities Studies and DE DOE to offer a yearlong program to Delaware schools, where they collaborate to develop exemplary services for special education students.

Policy Statement to Enhance Child Development
Delaware has made significant strides in creating systems to support early care and education for children and families.

A policy brief, written by a collaborative team comprised of faculty in HDFS, the DE Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, New Directions Early Head Start and the Partnership for Public Education, aims to further integrate and elevate statewide efforts to improve the access and quality of early care and education programs for all families. 

Ed.D. Student Connects Education/Community
Carolyn Hammerschmidt, Ed.D. student, serves as a program associate for UD’s  Partnership for Public Education. She supports educational partnerships by developing models, tools and resources for faculty, researchers, school partners, and community members. This work affords her the opportunity to converge her interests as she studies organizational structures and systems that support school improvement through increased family and community engagement.

Calling all AERA attendees!
You are invited to attend the informative and enlightening sessions presented by our UD faculty, students and alumni, then join us for our college reception on Sunday evening.
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