Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2018, the goal of the Deeper Learning + Diffusion of Innovation and Scaled Impact Initiative (DL+D initiative) was to generate knowledge about how fundamental shifts to teaching and learning could be scaled within public school systems efficiently, expediently, and equitably. To catalyze this learning, the Hewlett Foundation funded 10 research–practice partnerships (RPPs), collaborations that are intentionally organized to leverage diverse expertise to accelerate educational improvement or equitable transformation through engagement with research. In this research brief, we draw on a document review and interviews with key personnel from the 10 RPPs to identify six key lessons learned from across the DL+D initiative. These lessons are informed by both the challenges and the successes that the 10 RPPs experienced and are broadly useful for any school district or funder interested in catalyzing complex instructional improvement at scale and with attention to equity.
Project: Evaluation of the Deeper Learning + Diffusion of Innovation and Scaled Impact Initiative
- Scaling Deeper Learning for Equity. Lessons Learned from the Deeper Learning + Diffusion and Scaled Impact Initiative (PDF)
Warner, M. & Caspary, K. (2022). Scaling Deeper Learning for Equity: Lessons Learned from the Deeper Learning + Diffusion and Scaled Impact Initiative. SRI International.
Services: Implementation researchResearch and evaluation