The SUERF Program: A Summary of Findings and Reflections on Research Partnerships

The Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship provided funding for research in nine urban districts across the United States. Nine lead fellows spearheaded ten studies and produced reports that addressed some of the leading challenges and priorities facing urban school districts. The purpose of this summary is to explore and learn from the findings, common themes, and experiences of the SUERF researchers and district partners as
they undertook these collaborative research projects. To accomplish this, reports were analyzed and fourteen fellows and district leaders involved in the research were interviewed. These interviews provided additional context for the information derived from the reports. Both the content of the study reports and the process employed to conduct the fellow/district collaborative research are informative.

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