Levers of Change

The idea for this series developed from a forum organized by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Education at the National Research Council on multiple methods in education research. At this forum, Dr. Pat Forgione, (now former) superintendent of the Austin School District, hosted a dialogue with two scholars who were each asked to analyze a problem situation Forgione provided from his district. The audience responded very enthusiastically to this exercise and in the evaluations expressed the desire for more complementary analyses of real-world problems that could serve as a component of research training in education. It is our intention to have this volume and the others in the series serve as case-based teaching material for graduate classes in education policy, and to inform the work of researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders.