Informing School Districts in Times of Crisis

Nov 8, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


This free event is brought to you by EdPolicy Works of UVA's School of Education & Human Development and open to the public.

Ruth N. López Turley, PhD 
Professor of Sociology 
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium 
Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research 
Rice University 


Professor López Turley founded and directs the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice University and eleven Houston area school districts, representing over 700,000 students. Founded in 2011, HERC is a program of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University that aims to improve educational equity by connecting research to policy and practice, working directly with district leaders. She also helped start the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, which supports almost 50 partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country. She has served in elected and appointed positions in the American Sociological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the National Research Council of the National Academies. She has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards, including the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. She is a graduate of Stanford and Harvard and is originally from Laredo, Texas.  


During times of crisis, education research can be either extremely useful to school districts or completely irrelevant. Using examples from the Houston Education Research Consortium, this talk discusses the specific conditions under which education research can inform crucial decision-making, even when education leaders are under duress.