Ed Trust–West Research In Brief Series

The Education Trust–West seeks submissions from researchers, academics, and scholar-practitioners to inform our Research In Brief series – a collection of short briefs covering P-16 education equity issues and perspectives in California. The series is intended primarily to provide an outlet to share findings and insights with policymakers and a statewide network of education advocates.  

Research in Brief submissions should emphasize an evidence-based connection to policy or practice and provide readers with clear, actionable recommendations and next steps to address the education equity issue. The Education Trust-West will publicize the Research in Brief submission to a broad audience including advocates, civil rights organizations, community-based organizations, students and parent organizations, education leaders, legislators and decisionmakers. 

We are most interested in original writing discussing the following topics related to COVID-19 response and recovery: 

  • Addressing the Digital Divide, pre-school through college 
  • Summer School & Extended Learning Opportunities 
  • Measuring & Addressing Learning Loss (especially in math or science) 
  • Assessment of Students’ English Language Proficiency (in the absence of traditional metrics)  
  • Social Distancing in Education Contexts 
  • Budget Advocacy During A Recession / Impacts of Budget Cuts 
  • Interventions to support students’ basic needs in K-12 and higher education 
  • Integrated and designated English language development (ELD) in a distance learning format  
  • Reclassifying English learners (in the absence of data) 
  • Data Use for Crisis Response


We are also interested in the following educational equity topics: 

  • Dual Enrollment / Early College Approaches  
  • Effective race-conscious policymaking or practices 
  • Financial Aid Application Awareness & Completion 
  • Remediation & Co-requisite challenges & opportunities 
  • Recruitment & Retention of Teachers of Color, bilingual teachers, & STEM Teachers 
  • Impact/Utility of Attainment Goal Setting (institutional or statewide) 
  • Use of Data & Metrics to Close Racial Equity Gaps 
  • Equity-Centered Math Curriculum Implementation 
  • P-16 Funding Adequacy & Equity Issues 
  • Emerging Local Control Funding Formula & Student Centered Funding Formula Issues 
  • Culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies 
  • Strategies to increase marginalized students’ access to high-quality preschool and other early learning environments 
  • PreK-3rd grade alignment, including meaningful support for ECE and K-3 educators as well as partnerships between elementary schools and ECE programs 
  • Addressing disproportionate suspensions and expulsions in early learning settings  
  • High quality instructional resources for bilingual instruction classroom,  
  • Particular learning needs for dual language learners (English learners in ECE settings) 
  • Integrated ELD in math (and math instructional strategies for ELs)  
  • Strategies for ensuring English learner access to rigorous learning opportunities


Please complete this form to submit a proposal for the Research in Brief series


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