The Commons


A reserved space for sponsored, interactive sessions on particular issues and topics. Using its wide network of research and policy colleagues, CPRE will work with groups to co-construct particular experiences that tap expertise from across the United States and internationally. These sessions are customizable and can contain a mixture of online and in-person learning experiences to help groups develop strategies, craft new policies, and refine approaches informed by current research and different perspectives.

To learn more about how your organization can use CPRE Commons to unite research, policy, and practice around education reform issues, contact us at:

Rethinking Public Education: Digging Deeper into District Redesign Initiatives

As we continue with our theme focusing on rethinking public education we’ve noted that adding “platforms” to the “products” and “pipelines” metaphors requires shifting our leadership and managerial mindsets. It will, among other things, challenge us to better understand the factors in our districts that support and inhibit the innovations you seek to design and implement in your districts– such as problem and project based learning, mass customization, mass personalization, student-led learning, blended learning and others you’ve discussed in our meetings.

State School Leadership Development Policies

State boards of education in select states will partner with the CPRE Knowledge Hub to interact with researchers and other policymakers around the issue of school leadership development policies. The Knowledge Hub will create tailored videos for state board members to address their critical questions around school leadership development policies. Through interactions with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, the Knowledge Hub will support state board members to generate recommendations around general leadership structure to improve schools.

Opening Doors: Improving Equity + Access

Penn Excellence and Equity Consortia and CPRE Knowledge Hub are collaborating with school districts within the Consortia to identify policies and practices to make advanced level coursework on the secondary level more accessible to all students. The Knowledge Hub will bring in experts from the field, create videos, share resources, and provide platforms – both in-person and online - to help the district personnel in developing strong plans to solve this issue in equity.