Center For Effective School Practices Awarded Regional Education Lab Contract

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Graduate School of Education’s Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) has been awarded a 5-year $4.5 million sub-contract to operate the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) in partnership with ICF International, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Mathematica Policy Research, Analytica, Chesapeake Research Associates, edCount, JDJ Associates Research and Consulting, and the Miko Group. Led by ICF International, the team has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to develop research alliances with education stakeholders to conduct research to improve school practices for the next five years.
“We are pleased to be awarded another contract working with this expanded team to serve the needs of the education community in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia,” says Claudia Burzichelli, CESP Founder and Executive Director and the Graduate School of Education’s Principle Investigator for the project. “Together we will be developing and disseminating research aligned with the highest standards of evidence.”  
Joining Burzichelli are several distinguished professors and researchers from Rutgers University: Dr. Alan Sadovnik, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Affairs, Education and Sociology and Director of the Newark Schools Research Collaborative; Dr. Drew Gitomer, The Graduate School of Education’s Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education; and Dr. W. Steven Barnett, a Rutgers Board of Governors Professor and Co-Director of the Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Early Education Research. 
The REL Mid-Atlantic partners will work collaboratively with school districts and state agencies to examine dropout prevention, teacher effectiveness, rural education, and early childhood education.  Research alliance members will convene soon to identify needs and plan activities for the first year of of this new contract.
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