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REED Resourcing Excellence in Education

REEd at UC Davis

REEd, located at the University of California, is deeply committed to moving research findings into practice by building the capacity of K-16 education systems to improve teaching and learning.

REEd works with school districts, county offices of education, and state departments to support educators in growing and improving professionally so that all students receive high-quality instruction. REEd provides a variety of services to LEAs, including technical assistance, consultation, presentation, and facilitation of professional development as well as evaluation projects.

A team of researchers led by Susan P. O’Hara and Robert Pritchard developed a series of Essential Practice Frames® (EPF®), including the Strategic Observation and Reflection (SOAR) Teaching Frames® for Literacy, Grades 3-12, and associated rubrics. These enable coaches and instructional leaders to engage together in cycles of strategic observation and reflection to drive improvements in teaching and learning.

Why choose to work with REEd and Frontline Education?

SOAR Teaching Frames® powered by Frontline Professional Growth are designed to support instructional practices aligned to College- and Career-Readiness Standards and to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to increase student learning. SOAR Teaching Frames® provide language for fostering professional growth of teachers and measuring progress toward state and national teaching standards, promote application and feedback centered on research-based high-impact practices and empower educators to use feedback data to increase instructional effectiveness.

SOAR Teaching Frames® powered by Frontline Professional Growth help districts develop a common understanding of high-impact instructional practices. Teachers, coaches and administrators can leverage the SOAR Teaching Frames® with Frontline Professional Growth to contextualize standards in everyday instruction and improve student learning outcomes.


  • ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN INTER-RATER RELIABILITY. Calibrate observers and educators in your district, ensuring a common understanding of research-based standards for valid, reliable best practice.
  • FACILITATE FEEDBACK AND COLLABORATION. Educators can use the SOAR Teaching Frames®powered by Frontline Professional Growth to conduct peer observations and provide feedback.
  • EARN TEACHER TRUST. Ensure accurate and fair assessment of professional and instructional practice that promotes buy-in and a growth mindset.

For more information about professional development opportunities, visit EPF for teaching.

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