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Grant Announcement

Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) awards Leading Educators one of eight Research Grants

May 16, 2024 | Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) awarded Leading Educators one of eight grants to research projects on professional learning that will enhance the knowledge base of equitable math high-quality instructional materials (HQIM). Each chosen project is designed to specifically expand our understanding of how we can support Black, Latine, Native American, and students experiencing poverty.

The chosen studies were selected from a competitive pool of applicants that responded to RPPL’s request for proposals for the 2024-2026 calendar years. RPPL initially set out to award five grants, but received such high-quality proposals that three additional studies were funded. These studies collectively focus on individualizing PL to teacher and student needs; building stronger, more empathetic teacher-student relationships; and strengthening the use of HQIM in mathematics education.

“We are so excited about this opportunity to deepen learning about the ‘recipes’ for professional learning that lead to the impact that matters most: change for students,” shared Laura Meili, Chief of Impact at Leading Educators.

In a time of fewer resources, leaders deserve more actionable data about which investments build the conditions that enable student and teacher success. We are thrilled for the opportunity to continue our research and to share our learnings with leaders as they make crucial decisions about the best ways to support teachers and students.”

The qualifications for the RFP included that the studies be planned by research-practice partnerships within RPPL’s network, focus on HQIM that enhance math professional learning for priority students, incorporate a priority area from RPPL’s Learning Agenda, and include an element from Building Better PL: How to Strengthen Teacher Learning. Funding for the research grants is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The awarded projects will help us invest in professional learning that prepares educators to better serve every student, including those who have been historically marginalized. Through collaboration and a focus on evidence-based practices, we are making strides toward ensuring every student receives the high-quality math education they deserve,” said Dr. Camea Davis, RPPL’s Director of Equitable Research-Practice Partnerships.

Study titles are listed by learning agenda areas and followed by partnerships, which are listed alphabetically.

Teacher-Student Relationships & HQIM in Mathematics Education 

Individualizing Professional Learning & HQIM in Mathematics Education


About The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL)

The Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) is a one-of-a-kind collaborative uniting PL organizations, researchers, school system leaders, funders, and those impacted by PL to develop research-backed professional learning that improves student outcomes. As a network, they are elevating the professional learning field by studying which practices support teacher learning to ultimately create a shared understanding that allows every teacher to meet the needs of every student. Learn more at

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