Research Practice Partnership

ORSN’s work is rooted in the Oregon Equity Lens, as well as improvement and implementation science. It has continued to lean on the Agricultural Extension model as a foundation of increasing school improvement capacity, identifying problems of practice, and transferring knowledge to the field in addressing those problems of practice, in its work with school partners.

InterMountain ESD Partnership:

InterMountain ESD serves Baker, Morrow, Union and Umatilla counties in Oregon

Starting in 2019, the partnership between ORSN and IMESD continues to grow stronger, expanding into new areas of support and research. This partnership currently focuses on:

  1. Expanding Equity and Inclusion Practices: Led by Dr. Nancy Golden, ORSN is working with IMESD staff to support the spread and growth of equity and inclusion practices across IMESD staff as well as educational leaders from the school districts that IMESD supports.
  2. Trauma Informed School Systems (TISS): Starting in the 2021-22 school year, ORSN will be working with IMESD staff to take on school and district asset mapping processes, focusing on Trauma Informed Education and Social Emotional learning systems and practices. These efforts will result in action plans at different levels focusing on student discipline practices and the improvement of schoolwide systems.
  3. Maintain and expand the Educational Assistant Support Program (EASP): In the 2021-22 school year, ORSN will be working with IMESD staff to expand the existing EASP that was part of the initial conversations with our IMESD partners. This will include increasing the number and availability of micro-PD training and support modules, as well as working with school districts on improving their EAs implementation of those learned skills into their work with students. 

This new work will include various aspects of micro-coaching with willing IMESD district partners and is being led by Dr. Chris Knowles, Research Associate with the Center on Human Development, who has expertise in the development and support of EA skills.

Early in the 2021-22 school year, ORSN will also be working to create a custom dashboard for IMESD staff to have immediate access to user data on the custom digital platform that houses all of the EASP micro-PD modules and resources.

SouthCoast ESD Partnership:

SouthCoast ESD serves 9 school districts in Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties in Oregon

Beginning in early 2020, the South Coast Educational Service District (SCESD) has been collaborating with the University of Oregon’s Oregon Research Schools Network (ORSN) to help build a sustainable research practice partnership across the south coast helping local schools to improve their trauma-informed school systems and practices.

The ORSN has partnered Dr. Jeff Todahl (Director of the 90 by 30 initiative) from UO’s Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect (CPAN) to contribute his expertise around trauma and healing. This collaborative has been working with south coast school districts since September, 2020 and is helping to train and support approximately 50 Student Support Specialists who are supporting students across nine area school districts. These Student Support Specialists were engaged through the Oregon legislature’s Student Success Act as part of the states grow-your-own educator model, recognizing a shortage of available school counselors and mental health providers in the three south coast counties the SCESD serves.

Current work includes:

  1. In part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools moving to online and hybrid learning, the incorporation of innovative approaches in training and supporting Student Support Specialists, including the use of live virtual meetings and a secure online platform to access video-based micro-professional development (micro-PD) modules, and additional digital media and resources.
  2. A new pilot program, working directly with local area schools, to help develop trauma-informed school systems that will be integrated school wide at all levels, looking to improve upon existing classroom practices, discipline systems and administrative policies. This project focuses on building sustainable partnerships with school leadership to facilitate their own growth and progress towards creating unified trauma-informed school systems to better help students heal and stay on track towards their own improved academic success.

Lane ESD Partnership:

Lane ESD serves 16 school districts in Lane County, Oregon

Starting in early 2021, the ORSN has partnered with Lane ESD to help improve student outcomes through the focused training and support of educational assistants and other classified staff across Lane County. This new partnership has continued to expand, adding partner school districts within the ESD in a very short amount of time. This partnership currently focuses on:

  1. Offering districts and ESD staff access to ORSN’s growing library of evidence-based micro-professional development (micro-PD) modules, housed in a robust unified online platform.
  2. Facilitating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) across the ESD and selected partner school districts (including South Lane School District and Fern Ridge School District). During these PLC meetings, concepts contained in micro-PD modules watched prior to or within the PLC meeting itself are discussed, including participants practicing and discussing scenarios that reinforce the learning concepts, and aspects of learning that will help successfully incorporate those skills into practice.
  3. University faculty working with designated supervisors to implement high-frequency, low effort strategies to reinforce and support EA learning that can be integrated throughout their days. These activities will include an opportunity for the EAs to individualize their learning by asking questions about implementing the skills in practice, collaboratively troubleshooting identified barriers, and training and support for supervisors to provide micro-coaching or micro-performance feedback regarding the EAs demonstration of targeted skills in practice.

Clackamas ESD Partnership:

Clackamas ESD serves 10 school districts in Clackamas County, Oregon

Beginning in May, 2021 the Oregon Research Schools Network (ORSN) will begin a new partnership with the Clackamas ESD working to train and support ESD staff who work in Early Intervention and / or Early Childhood Special Education settings. Training and support will revolve around the specific topics of; inclusion, anti-bias, diversity, implicit bias, response to intervention, and multi-tiered systems of support. Methods of training and support will include:

  1. Offering districts and ESD staff access to ORSN’s growing library of evidence-based micro-professional development (micro-PD) modules, housed in a robust unified online platform. Many of these topics will result in unique and custom-developed micro-PD modules that will be aimed specifically at the needs of CESD staff working in these settings.
  2. Facilitating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with CESD as needed. During these PLC meetings, concepts contained in micro-PD modules watched prior to or within the PLC meeting itself will be discussed, including participants practicing and discussing scenarios that reinforce the learning concepts, and aspects of learning that will help successfully incorporate those skills into practice.
  3. University faculty will work with designated supervisors to implement high-frequency, low effort strategies to reinforce and support educational assistant (EAs) learning that can be integrated throughout their days working with students. These activities will include an opportunity for the EAs to individualize their learning by asking questions about implementing the skills in practice, collaboratively troubleshooting identified barriers, and training and support for supervisors to provide micro-coaching or micro-performance feedback regarding the EAs demonstration of targeted skills in practice.