Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd)


REEd (Resourcing Excellence in Education)

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REEd is a university-based intermediary with deep ties to the K-12 education community.  We are committed to moving research findings into practice and to building the capacity of education systems to improve teaching and learning and to reduce inequities.


Guarantee all California students high-quality instruction and a nurturing school environment by resourcing excellence in K-16 education systems.

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How We Approach Our Work

REEd’s mission is aligned with the UC Davis School of Education’s strategic vision and with the leading edge of educational needs in California and the nation. We have developed a framework to guide the scope of our activities consisting of two distinct yet complementary areas of focus: Resourcing Professional Learning Systems (RPLS) and Education Support Services (ESS). RPLS provides a platform for prototyping promising programs, tools, and practices that will be offered in the form of direct services through ESS.


T-BAR 2 PacTIN Report

REEd is pleased to share a summary report of the 2014-2015 Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network (PacTIN), which is part of the Teacher-based Reform (T-BAR) grant.  This report provides an overview of the activities of PacTIN and describes early indicators of sustainability and impact. To read the report in its entirety, see the related links.


T-BAR 2 Sonoma COE Report

This report provides an outline of the Teacher-based Reform (T-BAR) grant activities specific to REEd’s partnership with Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), as documented by REEd.  To read the report in its entirety, please see the related links to the right. Also available is the story of one participating school site, Apple Blossom School in Sebastopol. 


Conversing to Fortify Literacy, Language, and Learning

REEd director Susan O’Hara, along with Jeff Zwiers and Robert Pritchard, have released an article in the MinneTESOL Journal. This article describes strategies for incorporating “classroom conversation” to prepare learners for the communication rigors of college and beyond. It also describes necessary conditions for effective classroom conversations and provides strategies to support them in the classroom.  The article can be found here:


RIPIL Frames

The Resourcing Instructional Practice for Improvement and Learning (RIPIL) Essential Practice Frames articulate teaching practices that have the most impact on student growth. The RIPIL Frames are a response to districts seeking both a protocol for informal or guided self-assessment of teaching practices and an observation rubric and associated tools for formal evaluation of teaching practices. It is designed to help educators articulate high-impact teaching practices tied to the Common Core State Standards, provide language for fostering professional growth of teachers, and measure progress toward the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and other national teaching standards.

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New Publication
Using new technologies to engage and support English language learners in mathematics classrooms

Robert Pritchard, Susan O’Hara, and Jeff Zwiers have recently published a chapter in Cases on Technology Integration in Mathematics Education, edited by Drew Polly (2015).  The chapter is entitled “Using new technologies to engage and support English language learners in mathematics classrooms.”

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New Publication: In the Driver’s Seat
Teacher-led model moves learning in the right direction

Terry Westover and Lisa Sullivan have published a new article in the most recent issue of JSD, the Learning Forward journal.  This article concerns teachers participating in a California program that allowed them to select their own professional learning, who report increased confidence and knowledge, improved instruction, and a greater ability to meet student learning needs.

“In the driver’s seat: Teacher-led model moves learning in the right direction,” by Lisa Sullivan and Theresa Westover, JSD, June 2015.
Used with permission of Learning Forward,  All rights reserved.

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T-BAR (PacTIN) Retrospective Evaluation

REEd is pleased to share the results of a retrospective evaluation of PacTIN,  a project of the ITQ SAHE program. The report is based on a survey of all participating teachers, administered in Fall of 2014, and a case study examination of three teams from the first cohorts of funded projects.


REEd Launches New Program to Strengthen STEM Learning In and Out of the Classroom

This fall, the UC Davis School of Education launched a new professional development initiative to bring together school-day educators with educators working in out-of-school programs in an effort to strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning activities in both contexts.

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Local educators study strategies for implementing new academic standards
By Jeff Hudson -November 19, 2014

An article in The Davis Enterprise featured the thoughts and takeaways of educators who attended “Innovating with the Common Core State Standards,” a conference hosted by the UC Davis School of Education’s REEd (Resourcing Excellence in Education) on November 15, 2014. Visit the conference website for more information on presenters and program.

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National Writing Project Webinar
Looking at Student Writing as Part of Professional Development

Watch Karen Smith and Julie Webb from the Area3 Writing Project for a webinar as they share strategies for looking at student writing as a regular part of professional development and discuss its impact on teaching practice.

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Arthur Beauchamp at NSTA Conference
The Central Role of Dialogue in the Sense-making Classroom

Arthur Beauchamp (REEd/Sacramento Area Science Project) will be a featured presenter at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2014 Long Beach Area Conference from 12/4-12/6.


School of Education’s CRESS Center receives $5.8 million grant to help teachers throughout the state
By Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis News Service

The School of Education has been awarded $5.8 million to lead a statewide initiative that will provide K-12 teachers throughout California resources and training that will help them teach their students more effectively.