Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative

The Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative is a research practice partnership between the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) and nine local school districts. It began in 2016 as an idea shared by Dan Schwartz, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), and Jim Lianides, former superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. Their idea was to create a long-standing, mutually beneficial partnership between the GSE, Sequoia Union and its 8 elementary feeder districts. Since the 2016 launch, this Collaborative has co-developed 20 research projects with Stanford researchers. Our research focuses on supporting the long-term success of multilingual learners across the nine districts by identifying the conditions, resources, strategies, policies and practices that lead to positive outcomes for students.

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California Education Partners

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GSE News: Stanford launches research collaborative with nine local school districts

Closing the Research-Practice Gap in Education, by Laura Wentworth, Ritu Khanna, Michelle Nayfack & Daniel Schwartz in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Spring 2021.

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California Dyslexia Screener Requirements

See a visual chart of most common FAQs around dyslexia, prepared by Prof. Jason Yeatman’s ROAR team.

How do students become long-term English learners (LTELs)?

Prepared by: Hsiaolin Hsieh; Academic Advisor: Guillermo Solano-Flores

See a visual chart of how students become long-term English learners, prepared by researcher Hsiaolin Hsieh and Prof. Guillermo Solano-Flores.

To reclassify or not reclassify: The how is as important as the when

Hsiaolin Hsieh

A Literature Brief on EL Reclassification Researcher Hsiaolin Hsieh and Prof. Guillermo Solano-Flores reviewed the literature on reclassification to create a resource for new district leaders and researchers interested in an overview on the topic. The research summary explores key questions that our district partners have raised about reclassification for anyone who would like additional […]

Appendix – What do we know about Dually Identified Students?

Tatiana Zamora, Faculty Advisor: Amado Padilla

What do we know about Dually Identified Students? An Emerging Research Agenda

Tatiana Zamora, Faculty Advisor: Amado Padilla

Within the Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative, questions have emerged asking what is known and not known about dually identified students – students who qualify for English Learner and Special Education services. This research summary explores these questions to develop an emerging research agenda that could guide future study designs.

Redwood City School District Core Elements of an Empowered Learner Program Report 2022

Redwood City School District

To develop and promote new digitally augmented learning activities that are responsive to their actual classrooms, the Redwood City School District (RCSD) enacted a new model of professional development, now called the “Empowered Learning Program”.  This guide was developed through a collaboration between the RCSD and Stanford University to identify the core elements of the program […]

Young Students’ Participation in a Voluntary Transfer Program: A Summary of The Bus Kids: Children’s Experience with Voluntary Desegregation

Ira W. Lit

This brief highlights findings from a qualitative study of kindergartners participating in a voluntary school transfer program allowing families of minority students from an under-resourced school district, to apply to transfer to a better-resourced elementary school districts in surrounding communities. The students faced many challenges including long bus rides and social isolation in their transfer […]

The Benefits and Risks of Exposure to Digital Media for Children and Adolescents

Michelle Nayfack

This brief summarizes research findings on the key benefits and risks of digital media exposure. The brief highlights one tool recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—the family media plan—as a possible resource for educators to use in partnership with parents to ensure that digital media use is supporting each student’s overall mental and […]