News and Events

Op-ed in The74: "Teacher professional development is in a rut. Better research can help."

Dec. 15, 2021 – RPPL's efforts to move the education research field beyond a "thumbs up or thumbs down" approach to program evaluation is featured in The74. Vice Chair Sarah Johnson writes it is vital that we better understand how ineffective our current research model is and that we get real about how we’re going to address it. Read the column >


RPPL Vice Chair Sarah Johnson interviewed on TeachThought podcast

Nov. 26, 2021 – Sarah Johnson, CEO of The Teaching Lab and RPPL Vice Chair, joined The TeachThought Podcast to discuss the RPPL’s work, the ways in which teacher professional learning is being implemented well (and how it is lacking), as well as the tension between truth, evidence, and research. Listen to the podcast.


RPPL Vice Chair Sarah Johnson: “If we aren’t taking teacher learning seriously, we aren’t taking student learning seriously.”

Oct. 21, 2021 – In a new column published in THE Journal, RPPL Vice Chair Sarah Johnson argues that before we can accelerate student learning, we must first understand how to improve teaching. Johnson writes that only by thoroughly researching and understanding what works in teacher development — and why — will the field be able to create the kind of professional learning opportunities that truly push all students further. Read Johnson’s column >


National partnership to generate new knowledge on teacher learning for equitable student outcomes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (August 31, 2021)—Today the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) launches a learning agenda and call to action to transform professional learning (PL) research and practice. The collaborative of researchers and PL organizations will generate new knowledge on how teacher learning improves classroom experiences and academic growth, especially for students from historically marginalized groups. Read more >


Webinar coming soon! Learn more about RPPL's learning agenda and how to support it.

Join RPPL leadership this fall for a free webinar sharing more about our learning agenda and how we’re organizing to support it. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive registration details when they become available.