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You have critics who disagree with your personal political views, but who still want to work with because you are effective at what you do. Well, policy exists in politics. But we are nonpartisan and we work and have worked very effectively with Republicans and Democrats. Our goal is not about advancing any particular candidate or party or perspective, but advancing high-quality education. We'll work with whomever is trying to solve the problems that we face in education. You can be true to the research, the evidence, and be cross-partisan, if you will, and cross-camp, because we have camps as well as parties. And we work in that way. Our goal is not about advancing any particular candidate or party or perspective, but advancing highquality education. Have you been approached by any of the campaigns in this election year, either on the national level or state level? Yes. I often am asked for advice on different campaigns. Again, it's nonpartisan. People ask, "Well, what do we know about X? Or, what's a way to address Y?" We're happy to help them access information. But I am not affiliated with any campaign specifically in a political sense. I've worked with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Those of us who are trying to be helpful need to be able to work with both parties, and we do. Is your research available to people at the district level? Yes. Right now we're doing a project with a local school board association. We work with district administrators, both nationally and in specific states. For example, on the teacher shortage issue, we're developing publications that address what states can do, what districts can do, and even what higher education can do. We want to be helpful to all the stakeholders in the conversation. Is there an advantage to being based in California rather than Washington? We do have a Washington office with 10 people, but most of our staff is in California. Frankly, most of the activity around education is in the states, not in Washington. It would be a liability for us to be only Washington-based, because the view and the knowledge base about how education operates is different inside the Beltway than it is outside in "the real world." California is a very active place and is a leader in policy, but we work with other states across the country. Most of the policy is moving out to the states. Can district administrators and principals get involved in the LPI? We certainly talk to a lot of district administrators and folks who are interested in our work and have ideas. We seek them out for advice about what really works on the ground. We tackle implementation issues. We have a number of focus groups among district administrators who help us think about what to tackle and how to tackle it. We think a lot of good policy actually gets invented on the ground in districts, where some practitioners figure out how to solve problems. Part of the job of research is to document that good work and figure out how it could be made more widely available, how it could be supported with policy, and spread. Quite often, good work is done on the edges, trying to figure out how to do something that is not necessarily being encouraged by policy. DA Tim Goral is senior editor. Your Vote Counts! Select Your Top Products Today 2016 design some legislation asked us what the research said about the features of highquality programs that produce stronger learning outcomes for students. We summarized the research in a brief called "The 10 Building Blocks of Early Childhood Education," and made it available. One legislator in California put it immediately in a bill to identify the quality features of programs that would be developed moving forward. It also was taken up by another person who is starting a blue ribbon commission about how to raise quality in early childhood in the states. We had made it very accessible, very bite-sized. We're doing the same things for the national teacher shortage. We'll be releasing a big report this summer about the teacher shortage nationally with information that can help people across the country wrap their heads around it and begin to develop strategies to address it. districtadministration.com/top-products www.DistrictAdministration.com August 2016 13 http://www.districtadministration.com/top-products http://www.districtadministration.com/top-products http://www.DistrictAdministration.com

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