By Ruth López Turley and Caroline Triscik

Research for the Good of Education: An Interview with Ruth López Turley

I do have limitations, but if I am connected to God in this work, then that’s okay. — Ruth López Turley

After years of conducting education research that never made it into the hands of those who needed it, Dr. Ruth López Turley sought a new avenue for meaningful work. Presented with the resources to start something new and bolstered by a transformational encounter with God in a monastery, Ruth embarked on a journey to create reform in research, bringing the beginnings of change to a significantly broken education system. Listen in on our conversation with Ruth as she shares about the intersection of her faith, her career, and family life.

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About the Author

Dr. Turley’s work aims to improve the connection between education research and policy/practice. In 2011, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) between Rice University and ten Houston area school districts, representing almost three quarters of a million students. HERC’s research agenda is jointly developed with district leaders, and research findings are shared directly with decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving educational equity. In 2015, Dr. Turley founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports, develops, and connects RPPs throughout the country. There are currently 30 member partnerships representing cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. To date, she has raised over $25M in research grants for this work. Dr. Turley has served in various elected and appointed positions in national associations such as the American Educational Research Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. She also served on the Texas State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University (1996) and her graduate work at Harvard University (1999, 2001). She was a first-generation college student, originally from Laredo, Texas.

Caroline has served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and is currently working toward a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, John, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her uncontrollably exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is an associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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