Bridging Research and Practice

The Institute for School Partnership bridges the gap between research and practice in education by translating research findings into implementable actions. We partner with PreK-12 educators using these actions to achieve positive change in schools.

Please browse this collection of reports, resources, and publications by our fields of action:

Partnering with Schools and Districts

Learn about how we partner with schools and teachers to engage students and improve outcomes.


Partnership Model Case Study
Broadening the impact of plant science through innovative, integrative, and inclusive outreach

Victoria May contributor, April 2021

ISP executive director, Victoria May, shares a case study offering insights into the sustainable funding models that enable researchers to engage with schools and teachers in this comprehensive roadmap for science outreach. Read article


Partnership Model Educator Resource
Partnering with Schools to Nurture Positive Work Environment

ISP instructional specialist Jeff Kennedy was a member of the 100Kin10 project team, 2019

Tools for capacity-building organizations and school partners to identify existing assets and tailor support to build on these assets developed in partnership with 100Kin10. Access resources


Partnership for Improvement
Presentation
Using Improvement Science to Support Educators During the COVID-19 Crisis

Alison Brockhouse, Maia Elkana, Abbey Loehr, Rachel Ruggirello, Heather Milo, April 2021

Poster presented to the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education detailing the use of improvement science tools and principles to support partner educators during the COVID-19 crisis. View poster


Partnership for Improvement
Journal article
Growing Stronger Together: An Improvement Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maia Elkana and Myra Lopez, December 2021

The ISP used a trauma-informed approach to use improvement science tools and leverage partnerships with regional educators to support continued science teaching & learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read article


Educator Learning and Leadership

Learn about our human-centered work to prepare and support teachers and school leaders. ISP fosters learning and capacity development, investing in strong educators and school leadership systems.


Teacher Leadership Presentation
Moving beyond providing resources: A multi-system analysis of science teacher leadership

Rachel Ruggirello, James Derek Scott, Alison Brockhouse, Maia Elkana, April 2021

Poster presented to the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) exploring the ways that science teacher leadership supports high quality science teaching and learning and how to best support science teacher leaders. View poster


Teacher Leadership
In the News
Building Pathways: The School District of University City Embraces Distributed Leadership

Myra Lopez, Jan 2021

The School District of University City reminagines school leadership and names co-principals of Pershing Elementary. Read article


Teacher Leadership
In the News
Disrupt to Rebuild: TLI and SLPS Redefining Traditional Models of Leadership and Accountability

Myra Lopez, Jan 2021

The Consortium Partnership Network of St. Louis Public Schools is participating in the Transformational Leadership Initiative to redefine school leadership and build capacity for change in two elementary schools. Read article


Professional Learning
Report
Doing the math: Building a foundation of joyful and authentic math learning for all students

100kin10, Sep 2019

Report by 100Kin10 written with support from ISP instructional specialists on preparing teachers to enable authentic joyful math learning for all students. Read report


Professional Learning
In the News
Who will teach tomorrow’s coders? ISP addresses region’s shortage of computer science teachers

Diane Toroian Keaggy for WUSTL Source, Dec 2018

ISP addresses the region’s shortage of computer science teachers with Code.org Read article


STEM Materials and Pedagogy

Learn about our work to support high quality STEM teaching and learning. Across program offerings, we work with educators to develop curriculum, professional learning, and the resources they need to provide all students the opportunity to be successful.


Instructional Materials
Educator Resource
Using the crosscutting concepts to reflect on and refine your teaching

Jeanne Norris and Sarah Schondelmeyer, June 2021

This STEM Teaching Tool includes resources to support educators in approaching their own problems and opportunities of practice, similarly to how they would teach students to solve scientific problems. Access resources


Instructional Materials
Case Study
mySci and Student Achievement Case Study: Pattonville

Maia Elkana, Jan 2021

This case study illustrates the increase in student science performance on state-wide standardized tests and explores student science achievement on mySci unit assessments in a suburban Missouri public school district during curriculum adoption and early implementation. Read case study


Instructional Materials
Book Chapter
Experiencing Real Science: Washington University’s mySci curriculum transforms K-12 science education

Jeanne Norris and Myra Lopez, Feb 2020

Chapter in Designing Successful Systems: Stories of Change Volume 1. About the book


Instructional Materials
Article
ISP to Improve Math Education in Local Schools through Math314

Diane Toroian Keaggy for WUSTL Source, Nov 2019

Launching the Math314 innovative professional development program to support engaging math instruction. Read article


Virtual Learning
Presentations
Science Education Response in COVID-19 Pandemic Situation, From Disruption to Recovery During COVID-19

Rachel Ruggirello, Alison Brockhouse, Maia Elkana, Jeanne Norris, Lauren Ashman, Heather Milo Tori Engel, Nov 2020. Presented at the International Conference of Seoul National University, Korea

International symposium presentations detailing the context, approach, and results of the ISP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching and Supporting Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers During COVID-19 PDF Video (5:00)

Contextualizing the COVID response in St. Louis schools PDF Video (5:30)

Leveraging Students’ Authentic Questions about COVID-19 to Motivate Meaningful Engagement with Science PDF Video (4:39)

Adapting a Hands-On K-8 Science Curriculum to Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Video(5:05)

Developing a Trauma-Informed Improvement Practice to Support Educators During COVID PDF Video (5:00)


Virtual Learning
Article
Using Human-centered Strategies to Adapt Science Lessons for Remote Learning

Victoria May and Maia Elkana, Oct 2020

5 key strategies for educators building connections and engaging students in science during distance learning. Read article


Virtual Learning
White Paper
Designing Effective, High-quality, Virtual Professional Learning for Educators

Jeanne Norris and Rachel Ruggirello, Sep 2020

10 strategies for educators to design effective, high-quality, virtual professional development learning environments for educators, with practical implementation suggestions. Read article


Virtual Learning
Report
Keep Teaching Science! Successful Strategies to Adapt K-12 Science Experiences to Distance Learning, NextGen Science Report

WestEd, Sep 2020

Report by WestEd on strategies to adapt science learning during the pandemic with examples from mySci. Read article


Equity and Inclusion

Increasing educational equity, especially in STEM, is central to the ISP’s intentional approach toward co-creating the inclusive, whole-school culture and systems students and educators need to thrive.


Equity in the STEM Classroom
Report
Shifting courses: Achieving equity in high school STEM

100Kin10, Sep 2020

Report by 100Kin10 on strategies to achieve science equity through high school course offerings, supporting teachers to facilitate active and applied STEM learning, and creating systems to ensure equitable teaching and learning with examples from mySci. Read report


Equity in STEM Careers
Article
Collaborative leverages business and community resources for transformative approach to STEM education

Victoria May and Myra Lopez, March 2020

STEMpact is a collaborative program that brings together corporate and foundation funders, teachers, and researchers to formulate and implement best practices to diversify the pipeline for STEM careers. Read article


Equity in STEM Careers
In the News
Teachers learn how to spark early interest in STEM careers

STL Post-Dispatch, Jul 2018

STEMpact’s Teacher Quality program gives teachers skills to weave STEM topics and real-life connections into their existing lesson plans to spark an interest in STEM prior to high school. Read article


Equity in the STEM Classroom
Article
Supporting new science teachers in pursuing socially just science education

Rachel Ruggirello and Linda Flohr, Oct 2017

Exploring strategies to support early career teachers, especially those in alternative certification route programs, teaching science in unfamiliar communities. Read article


Equity in education is at the core of everything we do at the Institute for School Partnership. Recognizing that disparities exist, we are working to level the playing field for PreK-12 students, transform the learning landscape for teachers, and promote educational justice.

Victoria May,
Executive Director of the Institute for School Partnership, Assistant Dean School of Arts and Sciences