Research-Practice Partnerships That Inform Student Outcomes During COVID-19: A Discussion with the Houston Education Research Consortium

The COVID-19 and Equity in Education (CEE) initiative hosted the second webinar in the CEE Research Spotlight series on October 20, 2022. Researchers from the Houston Education Research Consortium, Donna Summers and Daniel Potter, shared how a research-practice partnership between Rice University and a Houston area public school district pivoted to address the immediate needs of the district at the onset of the pandemic.

The presentation examined how linking student survey data with student test scores allowed stakeholders to obtain early evidence on learning recovery, the effectiveness of online learning, and learning outcomes for students during the pandemic. Through a facilitated dialogue, participants also discussed how the research process, even more than the research findings, were effective.


Michael Garet

Michael S. Garet, Ph.D.
Vice President and Institute Fellow


Susan Therriault

Susan Therriault, Ph.D.
Managing Researcher



Daniel Potter

Daniel Potter
Senior Director of Research
Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University


Donna Summers

Donna Summers
Executive Director, Research & Evaluation
Pasadena Independent School District


About the Series

Starting in July 2022, this four-part summer webinar series focuses on creating a space for dialogue among researchers, education leaders, and policymakers to learn from our collective experience in the K-12 education system, specifically in the context of COVID-19 and issues related to equity.

About the COVID-19 and Equity in Education Initiative

CEE is jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and AIR’s Equity Initiative. The CEE initiative is creating a broad, in-depth view of how states, districts, and their communities—especially those with higher percentages of Black and Latino students and/or students experiencing poverty—responded to the pandemic's effect on K-12 learning opportunities. The aim is to understand not just community responses to the pandemic, but how the pandemic has changed core assumptions about how the education system operates in the context of community.

Accessibility: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please indicate your needs when you register or contact Carol Felicio.

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