2019 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 2019.  This is a conference for educators and researchers working in the District to share their experiences, knowledge, and findings related to program implementation, research, and evaluation.  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 20, 2019
Where: SDP Administrative Offices
440 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

One-page overview agenda available HERE


There is no fee to attend the conference.  Day-of registration is also available if the online site is closed.

Agenda (subject to change)

*Locations of all sessions will be provided at registration*

8:30 – Registration opens; breakfast provided for registered participants

9:00 – 9:30 –  Welcome – Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

9:30 – 10:30 – Plenary Speaker – Dr. Jason Okonofua, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 12:15 – Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Connecting Research and Using Data
    • Using Research-Practice Partnerships to Improve Practice in Chicago Public Schools, Erin Henrick, Partner to Improve
    • Organizational conditions for learning in local education agencies, Phil Sirinides, University of Pennsylvania
    • Using Data to Assess and Advance Students’ Soft Skills, Jan Anderson, REL Mid-Atlantic
  • Contributing to Positive School Climate
    • The Relationship between Parent Survey Data and Student Achievement, Adrienne Reitano, School District of Philadelphia
    • Highlighting Initiatives from the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) office in the School District of Philadelphia, Yolanda Edwards, FACE, School District of Philadelphia
    • Implementation of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) in the School District of Philadelphia, Sydney Negus and Giselle Saleet, School District of Philadelphia
  • College and Career Readiness
    • School’s Not Out…Yet: Lessons from Two School-Based Career Learning Programs in NYC, Jessica Nguyen, Applied Curiosity Research
    • Supporting First-Generation College Students: A Small Group Counseling Intervention, Stacey Havlik and Denzell Stansilaus, Villanova University
    • Understanding Detailed Attendance Patterns of SDP 9th Graders, Theodore Wills, School District of Philadelphia
  • Supporting High Quality Instruction: Literacy Coaching Symposium
    • Development of and Findings from the Coaching Protocol for Early Literacy, Frank Grossman, Children’s Literacy Initiative
    • Hallmarks of Successful Coaching Relationships, Kristyn Stewart, School District of Philadelphia
    • Challenges of Implementation, Katie Mosher, School District of Philadelphia

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch provided for registered participants

12:45 – 2:15 – Networking and Poster session

2:15 – 2:30 – Break

2:30 – 4:00 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Connecting Research and Using Data
    • Exploring the Relationship between Professional Development, Instructional Leadership and Student Achievement Using District-wide Survey Data, Ethan Ake-Little, Temple University
    • Nudging Parents to Choose Better Schools: How the Design of a School Shopping Site Can Influence School Choices, Alyson Burnett, Mathematica
    • Expanding Breakfast Participation in the School District of Philadelphia, Catherine Tkatch and Ebru Erdem-Akcay, School District of Philadelphia
  • Contributing to Positive School Climate
    • Student Safety, Inclusion, and Engagement: Keys to Enhancing a Positive School Climate, Susan Zelinski, National School Climate Center
    • Developing and Testing the Effectiveness of a Self-Compassion Intervention for Beginning Teachers, Rebecca Baelen, University of Pennsylvania
    • The PRAISE bullying prevention program: Promising new results and implications for scaling, Brooke Paskewich, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Unpacking Bias: School Leaders’ Perceptions of Professional Growth in an Equity-focused Early Career Leadership Development Series, John Hall, Temple University
  • Supporting High Quality Instruction A
    • School-Age Transition Periods: Use of Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism, Briana Bronstein, University of Pennsylvania
    • Teacher Research Experiences: A mixed-methods case study of the development of rigorous, student-centered, inquiry-based STEM instruction, Daniel Miller-Uueda, University of Pennsylvania
    • Responsive Mathematics Teaching in Grades K-5, Caroline Ebby, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Supporting High Quality Instruction B
    • Text to Talk: Effects of a Texting Intervention on Prekindergarten Vocabulary, Emily Snell, Temple University
    • Impacts of Kindergarten Science Immersion on Learning Behaviors, Abigail Gray, CPRE, University of Pennsylvania
    • Ready to Read: RFA’s Evaluation of the Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy Program, Rachel Comly and Matthew Rigsby, Research for Action

4:00 – End


For More Information

2019 ORE Posters and Additional Information Page

2019 R2P Call for Proposals (PDF)

2018 R2P Conference Website


Contact ORE at research@philasd.org, or contact REL Mid-Atlantic at RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.