Stanford-SFUSD Partnership

Stanford University and San Francisco Unified School District partnership unites research and practice to shape educational practices and policies that maximize educational experiences for all students. The Partnership matches researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education with SFUSD district leaders to address challenges and support improvements. Together, they create research projects that directly inform the school district’s work to transform teaching and learning for each and every child in the 21st century.

Laura Wentworth

Director of Research Practice Partnerships
California Education Partners
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What are the conditions under which research-practice partnerships succeed? by Caitlin C. Farrell, Laura Wentworth, and Michelle Nayfack in Phi Delta Kappan. March 22, 2021.

 A university and district partnership closes the research-to-classroom gap, by Laura Wentworth, Richard Carranza, and Deborah Stipek in Phi Delta Kappan. May 1, 2016.

The Stanford-SFUSD Partnership: Development of Data-Sharing Structures and Processes, by  Moonhawk Kim, Jim Shen, Laura Wentworth, Norma Ming, Michelle Reininger, and Eric Bettinger, in Handbook on Using Administrative Data for Research and Evidence-based Policy. 2020.


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After School: An Examination of the Career Paths and Earnings of Former Teachers

Quentin Brummet, Emily K. Penner, Nikolas Pharris-Ciurej & Sonya R. Porter

We use a novel linkage of school district administrative data to Internal Revenue Service records to study educators’ post-exit career outcomes. The majority of leavers remain in education and mean earnings are slightly below pre-exit earnings even 8 years later. However, these average changes conceal wide variation in outcomes. Roughly 20% of leavers are unemployed, […]

Summary of: Designing School Choice for Diversity in the San Francisco Unified School District

Irene Yuan Lo, Itai Ashlagi, Michael Peter Hong, Stanford University with assistance from Fran Kipnis, California Education Partners

This brief summarizes the paper, Designing School Choice for Diversity in the San Francisco Unified School District1 which describes a collaboration between Stanford University researchers and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to re-design the district’s elementary student assignment system. The existing district-wide choice system replicates patterns of residential segregation at district schools and […]

Practices, Structures, and Systems for Supporting Multilingual Learners in SFUSD

This summary of research evidence finds five instructional practices, structures or policies related to multilingual students (otherwise known as “English Learners”) that are associated with positively impacting teaching and learning. This summarizes research from 2010-2018 conducted between Stanford University and San Francisco Unified School District.

Evaluation of utilization and potential effects of the SFUSD Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Radhika Kapoor and Ben Domingue

The San Francisco Unified School District Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a differential resource allocation system to address equity issues in school funding. MTSS supports schools’ needs for staff across the five essentials: school leadership, professional capacity, instructional guidance, student-centered learning climate, and family-community ties by funding additional personnel resources (i.e., Full Time Equivalents – […]

Instructional Strategies for Emergent Bilinguals in Exemplary Classrooms

Erika Moore-Johnson

This brief describes a study of the instruction of middle school teachers who worked with Emergent Bilinguals (EBs) and were nominated as “exemplary.” One important finding indicates that interactive supports appeared to be more crucial than pre-planned supportive structures in helping EBs carry out cognitively challenging tasks. Additionally, teachers who expressed the most confidence in […]

Ahead of the Game? Course-Taking Patterns under a Math Pathways Reform

Elizabeth Huffaker, Sarah Novicoff, and Thomas S. Dee

A controversial, equity-focused mathematics reform in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) featured delaying Algebra I until ninth grade for all students. This descriptive study examines student-level longitudinal data on mathematics course-taking across successive cohorts of SFUSD students who spanned the reform’s implementation. We observe large changes in ninth and tenth grades (e.g., delaying […]

Summary of: Ahead of the Game? Course-Taking Patterns under a Math Pathways Reform

Research brief prepared by Fran Kipnis, California Education Partners, with assistance from Elizabeth Huffaker, Sarah Novicoff, and Thomas S. Dee.

This research brief summarizes the report, Ahead of the Game? Course-Taking Patterns under a Math Pathways Reform by Elizabeth Huffaker, Sarah Novicoff, and Thomas S. Dee. The report highlights findings from an investigation of new math course pathways created by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to address equity concerns about access to advanced math coursework.

Research Reports Related to Black Teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jessica Stovall, Tara Sullivan

This brief summarizes two reports: 1) “Grant Us the Sun: What Black Teachers Need for Healing from Antiblackness in Schools”, by Jessica Stovall and Tara Sullivan and 2) “We will not be afraid to share who we are: Black teachers’ experiences with anti-blackness during a global pandemic”, by Jessica Stovall. The reports discuss findings from […]

Summary of: Insights into White Supremacy Culture from Interviews with African American Leaders About Their Careers

This brief summarizes findings and implications from a study designed to help the the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) leadership development team better understand the experiences of their African American school site leaders. It sought to answer the research question: What are the factors that influence African American school leaders’ decisions about their career […]

Summary of: Brief Overview and Analyses of “Impact of Covid-19 on Your Family” Survey

Jessie Moore and Marily Oppezzo