The Jefferson Education Exchange entered a formal partnership with the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in September 2018. IES is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the Department of Education that offers a variety of independent non-partisan research resources to educators, policymakers, researchers, parents, and the public. The Jefferson Education Exchange and IES agreed to organize a series of three convenings in October and November 2018 designed to expand the role of educators in helping shape the national education research agenda. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-funded this project.
The first two convenings brought together teachers, principals, and administrators in Omaha and then Raleigh to discuss their use and perceptions of education research, as well as their desire to be involved in education research. The third convening, in Washington, D.C., brought together leaders of 64 educator associations, 52 of which serve member constituencies.