Equity Implemented Partnership team member Rachel Maller presented at the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Conference in Chicago as part of a symposium entitled, “Leveraging Research-Practice Partnerships for Insights into School Climate Experiences and Impacts in Racially Diverse Districts.”
SCRA is an organization that advances community research and action to address problems in communities, groups, and individuals. At their biennial conference, Rachel presented a paper that examines the impact of teacher relations on student achievement. The presentation showed that student experiences of teacher relationships vary systemically by race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, and that student experiences of teacher relationships are significantly related to academic achievement.
“Presenting at SCRA was a great chance to see how community psychologists conceptualize and study educational equity," Rachel noted after the conference."It was exciting to meet and learn from other research-practice partnerships and see the differences and similarities in our work. There was a positive reaction to our partnership and the findings from our paper on teacher relationships.”