Center for Applied Policy in Education


Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

People sitting around a large table at a CAP-Ed hosted meeting

The Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) at UC Davis facilitates the nexus of research, policy, and practice with a commitment to eliminating inequities in schooling and providing learning opportunities for diverse students. CAP-Ed connects education leaders and practitioners with nonpartisan, research-supported information and expertise from scholars and policymakers. Our services and publications foster a thoughtful, well-informed education system in California encompassing policy makers and those implementing policy in schools and districts.

CAP-Ed Services & Practices

  • Publishing and distributing syntheses of current research and policy to inform policymaking and policy implementation throughout the education system.
  • Hosting seminars for policymakers and education stakeholders with experts in key education topics.
  • Assembling collaborative systems and instructional rounds to mobilize intersectional, reform-oriented networks.
  • Conducting new policy research on key education policy topics such as school finance, accountability, and curriculum and instruction.

Current Programs

Superintendents’ Executive Leadership Forum (SELF)

California Superintendents Collaborative Network

California Principals’ Support Network (CAPS)


Recommended Reading

Bryk, Anthony S. Organizing Schools for Improvement : Lessons from Chicago. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2010. Print.

Fullan, M. (2019). Nuance Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail. Corwin Press. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Retrieved from

Hattie, John. Visible Learning : A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-analyses Relating to Achievement. London ; New York: Routledge, 2009. Print.

Many, T. W., Maffoni, M. J., Sparks, S. K., & Thomas, T. F. (2018). Amplify Your Impact Coaching Collaborative Teams in PLCs at Work. Solution Tree Press. 555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. Retrieved from

Many, T. W., & Sparks-Many, S. K. (2015). Leverage: Using PLCs to Promote Lasting Improvement in Schools. Corwin Press. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Retrieved from

Murphy, J. F., & Louis, K. S. (2018). Positive school leadership: Building capacity and strengthening relationships Teachers College Press. 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Retrieved from

Popham, J. W. (2017). The ABCs of Educational Testing Demystifying the Tools That Shape Our Schools. Corwin Press. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Retrieved from

Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 1990. Print.


Whole-system change
See the Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) Report

The System Transformation Collaborative (STC) was a three-year project designed to facilitate inter- and intra-district collaboration and to develop collective leadership and instructional capacity.

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