Research plays a critical role in the work of the Education Redesign Lab: it guides our thinking, shapes our ongoing theory development, and provides the basis for our program, policy, and advocacy work. There are five components to our growing research enterprise: 1) field mapping; 2) development of a clearinghouse of promising practices; 3) research briefs; 4) evaluation of laboratory field work; and 5) original research. The Lab’s research in progress includes studies of the implementation of personalized learning in New England states, the integration of school-based health clinics in the San Diego Unified School District, lessons from international initiatives related to the Lab’s focus areas, and the creation of the Partnership for Resilience effort in Illinois.
We are also embarking on a multi-year study of the work of the By All Means consortium. The primary aims of this study are to document the process of moving towards new, integrated systems of education and child development in each of the consortium cities; to highlight which strategies moved the cities forward in creating these systems and what barriers the cities encountered (impediments research); to examine how these cities incorporated the needs of all students, especially those living in poverty, into their system designs; to understand how students, teachers, and parents, and others experience elements of the new system; and to analyze quantitative outcomes on a range of measures.