Penn GSE Partnership

Current Research

Dr. Abigail Gray is Principal Investigator of several large, mixed-methods research projects being conducted in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Her current and recent federally funded projects total more than $7 million and include an efficacy study of an integrated literacy and science curriculum in Philadelphia kindergarten classrooms (funder: U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences) and two mixed-methods studies of school climate and discipline in Philadelphia schools (funder: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice). Previously, she was Co-Principal Investigator for the i3 evaluation of the scale-up of Reading Recovery (2016).

Dr. Gray is also a Stoneleigh Fellow. Her Stoneleigh Fellowship focuses on building SDP’s capacity to pilot, evaluate, and scale up innovative approaches to improving school climate.

Dr. Laura Desimone is Principal Investigator and Katie Pak is co-principal investigator on a process evaluation of the SDP’s data analytic initiative, which includes ongoing professional development for education leaders in using data for school improvement.  Click here for more information on the SDP’s data-analytic tool, QlickBAM

Katie Pak is also conducting a study of high school improvement efforts in the school district. This is a two-year study documenting the process of improvement, with a focus on understanding the relationships and dynamics between the central office, school leaders, parents, students, and teachers during the change process.