A reading list for turning research into action

By Elizabeth Foster
Categories: Data, Evaluation & impact, Resources
December 2023
Learning Forward’s 2023 Annual Conference focused on the theme Evidence Into Action. This theme was in keeping with Learning Forward’s commitment to building the evidence base on how professional learning leads to improved outcomes for students and schools. We are invested in examining and applying research on high-quality, results-focused professional learning designs to our projects and services, and we seek to share what we and our partners are learning. We believe it is important for all educators to ground learning designs and plans in research about what works, then consider how that research applies to their contexts. To that end, I developed this list of must-read articles and reports cited or recommended by conference speakers. Papay, J.P., Taylor, E.S., Tyler, J.H., & Laski, M.E. (2020).

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Darling-Hammond, L., Hyler, M.E., & Gardner, M. (2017). Effective teacher professional development. Learning Policy Institute.

Garrett, R., Citkowicz, M., & Williams, R. (2019). How responsive is a teacher’s classroom practice to intervention? A meta-analysis of randomized field studies. Review of Research in Education, 43(1), 106-137

Garrett, R., Zhang, Q., Citkowicz, M., & Burr, L. (2021). How Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning are associated with teacher instruction and student achievement: A meta-analysis. Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research.

Hill, H.C., Papay, J.P., & Schwartz, N. (2022, February 15). Dispelling the myths: What the research says about teacher professional learning. Research Partnership for Professional Learning.

Learning Forward. (2022). Standards for Professional Learning. Author.

Short, J. & Hirsh, S. (2020). The elements: Transforming teaching through curriculum-based professional learning. Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Elizabeth Foster is the senior vice president of research at Learning Forward. She leads the organization’s research efforts for partnerships, programs, and fundraising. Elizabeth co-wrote the Standards for Professional Learning (2022) with Tracy Crow and now facilitates learning sessions about the standards and develops resources that support their use and implementation.

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