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2018 Research, Policy and Practice (R2P) Conference

At the School District of Philadelphia, we are serious about having research inform our practice – and our practice inform research. That’s why we’re proud to co-sponsor, with Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, the Philadelphia R2P Conference in May 2018.  The purpose of the conference is to learn from each other and identify ways to bridge research, policy, and practice.  We hope you’ll be able to join us!

When: Monday, May 21, 2018 (sessions from 8:30am-5pm)

SDP Administrative Offices; 440 N. Broad Street; Philadelphia, PA 19130


Registration is open! All presenters and attendees must register.  There is no fee to attend the conference.

Information about sessions and schedules will be updated regularly, so register early and check back often.

Invited Speakers Include:

  • Opening Remarks by William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia
  • Keynote Speaker: Brian Bumbarger, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center


Breakout session and poster presenters have been notified of the status of their proposals.

Check back in early May for the agenda for the day!

Call for Proposals- Due March 23, 2018

The goal of the 4th annual SDP R2P conference is to convene experts in education research, practice, and policy to share information about their latest research activities, lessons learned, and challenges. This year, the SDP R2P conference is expanding to increase opportunities to learn from a network of researchers focused on common topics, including early literacy, dropout prevention, school climate, and using evidence to inform decision making. We invite a wide range of researchers to present and participate in the conference. Presentations will focus on research being conducted within Philadelphia, in addition to other schools and districts focusing on similar priorities.  This conference will position researchers from within and outside Philadelphia to share their approaches, methodologies, findings, and next steps for addressing key research questions.

The conference will feature both breakout sessions with in-depth 12-15 minute presentations and informal networking through poster sessions. Proposals for breakout sessions must align with one of four key themes identified below as key areas of interest. Proposals for posters can focus broadly on any research activities that are underway in Philadelphia.

Breakout Session Themes

  • Improving Literacy from Pre-k through Grade 3. Achieving high levels of literacy remains a key national priority. This topic will include research across the developmental trajectory of kindergarten to grade 3, focusing on the pathways and strategies that contribute to early literacy skills, as well as measures related to later literacy outcomes. Since outcomes that focus on participation in kindergarten are closely related to achievement outcomes, the topic also may include studies of efforts to promote kindergarten registration, attendance and efforts to enhance parent involvement.
  • Reducing the Risk of Dropping Out. More than half a million US high school students stop attending high school each year. School educators and administrators continue to be interested in approaches that help improve graduation rates and ensure that youth are college and career ready. Research featured in this session can focus on an array of topics, including interventions and approaches for reducing school dropout, approaches for early identification of at-risk students, and determining the most appropriate interventions for identified students. This session may feature approaches to state and district use of early warning systems to identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school, evidence about the use of these systems, and a discussion of the ways that these systems help prevent school dropout.
  • Contributing to Positive School Climate. Positive school climate is associated with better academic, mental, and physical health outcomes for students and increased retention for teachers. Presentations for this session may feature research on a variety of approaches to enhance school climate. These may include interventions to improve attendance, reduce r student suspensions and office discipline referrals, and improve school safety. Presentations for this theme will feature preliminary findings from studies that examine  factors associated with positive school climate.
  • Using Research and Data to Inform Evidence-Based Decision Making. Schools and districts continue to use both research and data to inform decisions.  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages districts and states to use existing research when selecting activities, strategies, interventions, and programs. In addition, schools and districts use data to communicate about student and school performance to teachers, school leaders, and district representatives. Presentations on this topic will focus on how districts select and implement programs, and on effective use of data to inform decisions about how to improve graduation rates, literacy levels, school climate, or other academic outcomes.


Posters will be displayed as part of a networking session for all conference participants.  Posters can describe research activities that are broader than the four themes identified for breakout presentations.  Priority will be given to proposals for posters describing research conducted within Philadelphia.


Additional Conference Details

Key Dates

  • Proposals will be accepted between February 23 and March 23, 2018.
  • Participants whose proposals are accepted will be notified by April 23, 2018. At that time, presenters will be notified if they have been accepted to be a part of a breakout session, or for a poster presentation.
  • Information about the conference schedule available by early May 2018.

Submission Process

All proposals must be submitted via this online form.  Although all proposal information must be submitted through the online form, the fields are listed below to inform your proposal planning.

Review Criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed with the following criteria in mind:

  • Relevance to the theme of the conference
  • Alignment with one of the four topical areas
  • Quality of the work
  • Potential interest to the audience
  • Educational implications

Proposal to Present at the 2018 SDP R2P Conference [Online Form]

  • Email address
  • Are you a SDP staff member?
  • Presenter Information:
    • Prefix, First Name, Last Name, Job Title, Organization, Office Street Address, City, State Abbreviation, Zip Code, Office Phone, Presenter Bio, Presenter Photograph
  • Additional Presenter Information:
    • Prefix, First Name, Last Name, Job Title, Organization
  • Proposal Information:
    • Type of Presentation [Breakout session, Poster]

Submission for Breakout Session Presentation:

  • Is this research being conducted in Philadelphia?  [Research from other cities is welcome.]
  • This session falls under the following theme:
    • Definitions of themes can be found on the 2018 SDP R2P Conference website.
    • Improving Literacy from Pre-k through Grade 3
    • Reducing the Risk of Dropping Out
    • Contributing to Positive School Climate
    • Using Research and Data to Inform Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Title of Presentation (150 characters, including spaces)
  • Session Description
    • Please describe your session by including the objectives, content, and statement of educational implications. Please limit your description to 500-750 words.
  • Additional Session Information
    • Please include references and/or links to graphics, as needed.
  • Additional Considerations
    • Your session may be chosen for the morning or afternoon of May 21, 2018. If you have special requirements, please enter them below.
  • Are you interested in having your submission be considered for a poster session as well

Submission for Poster Session:

  • Is the research being conducted in Philadelphia? [Preference will be given to Philadelphia-based research.]
  • This poster covers the following topics (Check all that apply): College and Career Readiness, Early Literacy, School Climate, Health and Nutrition, School Improvement, Surveys, Other
  • Title of Poster (150 characters, including spaces)
  • Poster Description
    • Please describe your poster by including the objectives, content, and statement of educational implications. Please limit your description to 200-300 words.
  • Additional Poster Information
    • Please include references and/or links to graphics, as needed.
  • Additional Considerations
    • Posters will be displayed as part of a networking session for all conference participants. If you have special requirements, please enter them below.

If you have questions, please contact:

School District of Philadelphia Office of Research and Evaluation –
REL Mid-Atlantic –


Thank you for your interest in the 2018 SDP R2P Conference!







Last modified: April 20, 2018