A NETWORK OF RESEARCHERS COMMITTED TO WRITING FOR IMPACT
The EdResearch Writers Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to help education researchers better communicate their research to a practitioner audience, increasing the reach and impact of their work. Carrie Conaway, senior lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, directs the fellowship program. The inaugural cohort consists of 11 fellows whose research in K-12 education spans a variety of topics, from the educational impact of health policies to school discipline and policing to college readiness.2024 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- Identify a pressing debate: Find a pressing public conversation or debate to which you, by virtue of your knowledge and expertise, have something important to contribute
- Write accessibly: Write accessibly to influence that debate, knowing how that’s similar to and different from “writing well” in an academic discipline
- Balance detail and relevance: Strike the right balance between providing sufficient nuance about research findings and focusing on the most relevant points for your audience
- Make recommendations that resonate: When writing specifically for policymakers and practitioners, know enough about their contexts and scope of work to know specifics about what information and recommendations will be helpful
Meet the Fellows: Cohort I
University of Virginia School of Law
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
Detroit Partnership for Education Equity and Research (Detroit PEER) at Wayne State University
The Pennsylvania State University
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
University of Maryland College Park
American Institutes for Research
CALDER at the American Institutes of Research
Mathematica Policy Research
Education Policy Initiative at Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill
Meet the Program Staff
Faculty Co-Chair, Education Policy and Analysis (EPA); Senior Lecturer on Education
Former editor-in-chief at Harvard Education Press
Former chief strategy officer at Learning Forward
Former editor-in-chief of Phi Delta Kappan magazine
“I definitely would not have known how to approach this without the support of the EdResearch writing fellowship, and Tracy’s feedback was very helpful in getting it across the finish line!”
– Sophia Seifert re: her Op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer (June 2023)
- Tom Swiderski, Perspective: How (and why) to expand N.C.’s Career and College Promise, EdNC, (June, 2023)
- Sophia Seifert, Inequitable charter school enrollment practices hurt our public schools, The Philadelphia Inquirer, (June 2023)
- Maithreyi Gopalan, More than 1.5 million Americans lost Medicaid coverage in the spring of 2023 due to the end of pandemic policies – and paperwork problems, The Conversation, (June 2023)
- Jing Liu, Dora Demszky, & Heather C. Hill, AI Can Make Education More Personal (Yes, Really), EdWeek (August 2023)
- Emily Morton As Four-Day School Weeks Gain Popularity, States Look to Evidence, EdNote, (June 2023)
- Maithreyi Gopalan, Healthy Kids, High Grades: Using Data to Evaluate Health and Education Policy, Federation of American Scientists, (September 2023)
- Danica Brown, Improve professional learning for the ‘hidden half.’ The Learning Professional, (August 2023)
- Tom Swiderski, Student GPA and Test Score Gaps are Growing and Could Be Slowing Pandemic Recovery Brookings, (Nov 2023)
Are you an education researcher looking to make a real-world impact with your work? Do you want to effectively communicate your findings to practitioners, policymakers, and a broader audience? The EdResearch Writers Fellowship is here to help you achieve these goals.
Join us to be part of a vibrant network that empowers you to WRITE FOR IMPACT and make a real difference in education.
Who Are We Looking For?
We encourage applications from education researchers who hold a PhD and are passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice.
While all qualified candidates are welcome to apply, priority will be given to individuals who:
- Focus on K-12 education topics.
- Aim to reach U.S. audiences.
- Come from communities with limited access to public writing opportunities.
- Represent a mix of pre/post tenure and non-university-based backgrounds.