TERA bridges the gap between education research, policy, and practice in Tennessee. Our partnership-focused approach places research in the hands of education leaders tasked with finding policy and practice solutions.
Why We're Unique
TERA is one of the only research-practice partnerships in the country focused on state-level education policy. We connect Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and the Tennessee Department of Education to expand a knowledge base in key topic areas. Through TERA, scholars at Vanderbilt and other leading universities carry out high-quality, practical research that informs state-level policy, impacts the practice in schools and districts across Tennessee, and contributes to national conversations on K-12 education.
TERA periodically consults with a broad array of Tennessee education stakeholders to get their input and feedback on ongoing research, emerging findings, and dissemination plans. Advisory Council members represent the following organizations:
- State Board of Education
- Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
- Tennessee Education Association
- The Education Trust
- Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents
- Tennessee School Boards Association
- Governor's Office
Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance