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Below are a few non-profits devoted to bridging research and practice

Orgs to Follow

PERTS (Project for Education Research That Scales) revolutionized the field of education intervention research by developing the technology to support large-scale randomized controlled trials using the internet. This allowed schools and colleges anywhere in the United States to participate in rigorous research. Their mission is to create evidence-based, free programs and resources for empowering educators to elevate student engagement, student voice, and educational equity.  

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Founded by researcher Angela Duckworth, and educators Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph, they, "...connects researchers with educators to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country.” They make fantastic resources and their Educator Summit, hosted in collaboration with Relay/GSE, is excellent. Go if you get the chance.


CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) defined social and emotional learning (SEL) over two decades ago and continues to lead the way in synthesizing research and advancing policy and practice. Lots of resources, research synthesis, and toolkits like this one.


The BELE library––a product of the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Network––is, "an evolving repository for resources and recommendations can empower educators, parents, and policymakers to create more equitable and empowering learning opportunities for all students.” It's awesome but... rabbit hole warning.

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Formerly known as Mindset Scholars Network, Student Experience Research Network (SERN) advances the research, relationships, and capacity necessary to build an education system in which every student experiences respect as a valued person and thinker. Their research-focused resources including compendiums, datasets, a searchable research library, and a video library of researchers and practitioners talking about their work. The SERN team are expert cat-herders.


NSRF creates excellent resources, called protocols, and provides training on using these protocols, called Critical Friends Group work. Their resources and training help educators build solution-focused professional learning communities grounded in trust. Their protocols support building psychological safety and inclusivity in teacher PLCs and are also great for working with students. I think it's one of the best process-oriented professional development training programs available. 


Transcend works with education communities to create and spread practices that build equitable learning environments. Lots of great free resources and webinars/videos. They support implementation as well.

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EL offers whole school design, educator development, and they've developed research-based curricula for ELA and other topics grounded in SEL and project-based learning. Their video library is amazing. If the Oscars had an education category (which they should), Austin's Butterfly deserves one.

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TNTP provides consulting for public school partners to help them reach their goals. They focus on three priorities: rigorous academics, talented people, and supportive environments. Their services include strategic planning, design, data collection and analysis, and implementation. They have many excellent publications and toolkits for educators, policymakers, and families.

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Turnaround for Children works with school partners in underserved communities to create environments that support students in overcoming barriers to learning created by high stress, poverty and trauma. They focus on addressing the environment, skills, and mindsets. They create resources and toolkits like the Turnaround for Children Toolbox.


A superb source for videos modeling teaching practices. My Favorite No and Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Strategy, for example, shows how to help students focus on learning from their mistakes. In recent years they’ve begun compiling resources on specific topics (e.g., In Intrinsic Approach to Anti-Racist Teaching) and curating content for school districts for a fee.

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