What We Do

What does the Partnership for Public Education do?

The University of Delaware launched the Partnership for Public Education in 2015 with support from the Provost. Since then, we have been mobilizing UD expertise, evaluation, professional development, and advocacy resources to benefit Delaware’s public education system and promote sustainable partnerships with Delaware’s public education stakeholders. 

Guided by firm commitments to equity, respect, and mutually beneficial partnerships, we have continued under the Community Engagement Initiative to enhance the University’s capacity to transform P-12 education policy and practice while also serving as a critical University infrastructure for linking research to our broader land grant and engagement missions.

Recognizing the underutilization of research in education across the nation and the potential for UD research to address critical policy and practice needs within the state, we seek to expand UD’s

leadership in research impact. To achieve this purpose, we work to identify, mobilize, and optimize UD research to directly address critical needs in Delaware’s education system in ways that have measurable impacts on Delaware’s P-12 policy and practice. 

Three overarching goals guide our work:

1. Increase the utilization and impact of UD research in policy and practice by P-12 stakeholders by mobilizing knowledge that promotes and advances equitable public education outcomes.

2. Improve and sustain trust, communication, and engagement between UD and Delaware’s P-12 stakeholders.

3. Increase capacity for education-focused community-engaged scholarship among faculty, staff, and students.