Collaborative Classroom is a learning organization. We learn alongside the teachers in our partner schools and districts as well as with partner research organizations.

Research Informs Our Practice

Formative evaluation is key to the creation of all our programs. When developing our programs, we receive extensive feedback from panels of teachers who pilot program lessons in their own classrooms. The lessons are revised based on feedback and on classroom observations by our program developers. The revised lessons are then field-tested by entire faculties in a diverse set of schools, and are revised again before final publication. Our after-school programs are developed using a similar process.

Through questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we conduct ongoing evaluations of our staff development offerings and selected program implementation efforts. We also collaborate with third-party evaluators to conduct comprehensive outcome evaluations of our programs. These studies assess our programs’ effects on students’ academic achievement and their social and ethical growth. The evaluations have shown that when implemented well, our programs have powerful positive effects on students, including strengthening their motivation to learn, promoting their academic achievement, and fostering their growth as caring and principled human beings.

Current Research Partners

Currently we are engaged in a research project with the Regional Education Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd. In partnership with Washoe County School District and the Northwest Regional Professional Development Program, we are learning together how to use practical inquiry and data tools to shift instructional practices and support the development of students as writers.

The Impact of Our Work

Our work has been implemented in more than 200,000 classrooms across the country, raising student grades and test scores, reducing problem behaviors, and bolstering student and teacher engagement. District partners and independent researchers have documented and assessed the changes our work has produced through quantitative analysis and anecdotes. A summary of these findings is compiled and contextualized in “Evidence from the Field,” a study of our impact in schools and districts that have implemented our programs and made use of our professional learning support. The document considers how our programs impact a sense of community and social development, student achievement, and teacher effectiveness. You can download the study here.

Our Own Research, Articles, and Books

Collaborative Classroom (formerly Developmental Studies Center) has long been recognized as a leader in research on social and emotional learning. You can review published articles here.