The Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) at UC Davis facilitates the nexus among research, policy, and practice to foster a thoughtful, well-informed education system in California. CAP-Ed provides nonpartisan, research-supported information and expertise from scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to those making policy as well as to those in schools and school districts who interpret and implement it.
CAP-Ed Services & Practices
Providing syntheses of current research in order to inform policymaking and policy implementation at all levels of the education system
Conducting new policy research on key education policy topics such as school finance, accountability, and English Learner education
Working with school superintendents to provide unique small group leadership seminars with the country’s most renowned experts on school/district improvement
Carrying out in-depth analyses of English Learner programs and services for school districts
Offering seminars to policymakers and education stakeholders on key education topics.
Armed with a grant from the Stuart Foundation, the UC Davis School of Education’s Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) is partnering with Dr. Michael Fullan, professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, to implement his Whole System Change program in four Northern California school districts. The aim is nothing short of revolutionary. (Project leaders are evaluating the results.)
To paraphrase Dostoevsky, the quality of a society should be measured by the quality of its schools, particularly the quality of its schools educating the most disadvantaged children.
Thomas Timar’s areas of expertise include education finance, policy, and governance. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, he is also director of the UC Davis Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and a member of the steering committee for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).
CAP-Ed provides a broad range of services to both state policy makers and local school and district educators. CAP-Ed helps schools and other education organizations synthesize current research, conduct research, evaluate programs, develop reform and school improvement strategies and implement them.