Project Pages

OCEAN has supported a wide variety of research-practice partnership (RPP) projects over the years.

Below is a sample of recent and past projects.

For a full listing of all projects that have been supported by OCEAN (to date), please click here.

AREPA: Anti-Racist Education Partners for Action
We are a network of Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) groups in Southern California across UCI and UCLA. We are a collective that is focused on partnering with educators and examining how to utilize the latest research about anti-racism to make positive changes in local schools.

El Sol Academy RPP
Our research-practice partnership with El Sol Academy explores and builds upon essential practices to provide equitable access to effective bilingual instruction for all learners.

Fraction Ball in Santa Ana
In this partnership we are co-designing connections between the Fraction Ball intervention and classroom instruction with teachers and students from Santa Ana Unified School District.

GEAR UP @ Center for Educational Partnerships
The GEAR UP team provides ongoing support for students, families, and educators in the Compton Unified School District community. Our primary objectives are to help students graduate from high school, increase enrollment in post-secondary programs, and increase a college-going culture in Compton.

OC Networked Improvement Community
This work began in 2020 with funding from the Spencer Foundation. Amid a global pandemic, practitioners across Orange County joined forces with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to form a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) to support housing insecure and foster youth.

Playful Learning Landscapes
In this project, we are collaborating with the Santa Ana Early Learning Initiative (SAELI) to design playful learning installations that are reflective of the culture, values, and goals of the Santa Ana community.

Samueli Academy RPP
Since 2016, Samueli and UCI have engaged in an RPP. By creating data infrastructure and conducting several longitudinal studies, research in this partnership informs Samueli’s efforts to support the STEM success of marginalized youth through high school and college.

School-Wide Improvement in Mathematics (SWIM) RPP
Since 2019, NMUSD, OCDE, and UCI have partnered to improve mathematics learning opportunities for elementary school students through teacher professional development and principal instructional leadership support.

This work began in 2020 with funding from the William T. Grant Foundation. In late 2021/early 2022, the research team In partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), research teams at UCI,  UC Davis, and University of Wisconsin, Madison are conducting a mixed-methods study that will enhance our understanding of the district’s equity priority and its potential for reducing inequality in educational attainment. 

Past Partnerships

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano RPP
Since 2018, Breakthrough SJC and UCI have partnered on a wide variety of projects including evaluation of Breakthrough’s middle school summer program, youth participatory action research, and student experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TLC Charter School RPP
Since 2019, TLC and UCI have partnered to conduct research around inclusion, special education, and technology integration

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