A new online course beginning in August aims to help district leaders, school leaders, and state education officials learn how to find, evaluate, and use research to inform the decisions they make.
Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice (NCRPP), the two-week course, "Using Research to Inform Decisions" runs from Aug. 7-20 and costs $149 per person. Register by midnight EST on Aug. 6 at gse.harvard.edu/ppe/rid
Federal guidelines now ask school and district staff to use research evidence when making decisions about policies and programs. Despite these realities, finding and using solid research can be a difficult task.
This course will guide you in how to find and evaluate pertinent research, with a constant eye toward how such research can be used to inform various school- and district-level decisions. The workshop provides an overview of how practitioners use research and offers several simple tools to help you find the study you need. You will also learn strategies and structures that help foster an environment where research truly informs decision-making.
By completing the program, you will be able to:
The online instruction, discussions, and job-embedded practice should take five to seven hours over the duration of the program. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.
This online workshop is jointly led by Harvard's Heather Hill, CU Boulder's Bill Penuel, and other leaders in the field. Video lectures, readings, facilitated online discussions, and exploration exercises will help you engage with research and gain confidence in using evidence to make sound decisions. The modules will be led by NCRPP's co-principal investigators:
*Note: all content is self-paced, including group discussions. Facilitators will moderate discussion boards throughout the two-week program.