Bridging Research and Practice
Both the practice and the research of leadership and leadership education have much to offer and to learn from the other. An
important part of the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy is to bridge the gap between these two domains, so that
not only research can inform practice but practice can inform research.
While the approach of “research-practice partnerships” is predominantly adopted at the level of school districts (Coburn, Penuel, and Farrell 2021), 21CSLA aims to embrace the same philosophy in bridging the research-practice gap for the state-wide endeavor. Accordingly, 21CSLA seeks to develop a collaborative relationship between researchers on the one hand and 21CSLA Center and Regional Academy teams and 21CSLA participants on the other. These efforts take the form of:
- increasing two-way communication between the two communities
- reinforcing educators’ inquiry practices and
- strengthening researchers’ generation of actionable implication from their research.
Our main activities include the following:
Starting in 2021-22 school year: