REEd About Us

Resourcing Excellence in Education


REEd is a university-based intermediary with deep ties to the TK–12 education community across the state. We are committed to moving research findings into practice and building the capacity of education systems to improve teaching and learning and expand opportunities for students, with the goal of reducing education inequities. 

Our Mission

To develop organizations’ capacity to continuously improve systems so that teachers grow professionally, students achieve, and educational inequities are diminished.

Engage California organizations through research practice partnerships to create and sustain the conditions needed to implement high-quality systems

Enable knowledge transfer to accelerate systemic improvement and move the field

Our Unique Approach

REEd distinguishes itself from other education organizations and university centers with an approach that combines three mutually reinforcing activities.

First, we engage in research practice partnerships with local and county agencies within California, as well as the California Department of Education. We work collaboratively with them to build capacity to implement and continuously improve educational systems. During our engagements, we capture and generate new knowledge, tools, and an evidence base for resourcing and sustaining systemic improvement.

Second, we serve as a “capacity hub” to accelerate effective implementation. To do this, we cultivate partnerships with organizations that enable the implementation of practices grounded in REEd’s evidence base. We recommend partners to others based on the specific needs they have.

Lastly, we generate new knowledge and develop and disseminate tools, frameworks, and approaches from practice-based experience that local and county agencies can use for self-directed implementation. This work helps us to broadly spread the proven elements of the capacity building process.


The UC Davis School of Education’s REEd Center is a university-based intermediary with deep ties to the TK-12 education community across California. Established in 1990 as the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services in Schools (CRESS), CRESS became a professional home for teacher leader networks through the support of California Subject Matter Projects. In 2013, the Center was re-branded to become Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd).

Today, REEd works to move research findings into practices that build the capacity of education systems to improve teaching and learning. REEd engages in research practice partnerships that spread and deepen professional growth systems in rural, urban and suburban school districts across the state.

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