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
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
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.