EDC and Partners Build “Research+Practice Collaboratory”

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EDC with lead partner the Exploratorium and the University of Washington, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Inverness Research Associates, and TERC has received a National Science Foundation grant to build a new “Research and Practice (R&P) Collaboratory.” The partners, working with leading professional associations and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) improvement efforts, will leverage existing, collective knowledge and experience to respond to national concerns about the gap between research and practice in K–12 STEM education.

Over the next five years, the team will:

  • Collect, create, and synthesize translational research to expand STEM educators’ and education leaders’ access to and awareness of current relevant research
  • Offer opportunities for cross-sector meetings to foster engagement and cultural exchange
  • Test, document, and innovate new resources and mechanisms at Adaptation Sites in rural Maine and urban Washington
  • Disseminate products and results through the R&P Center

The R&P Collaboratory will focus its work on STEM Practices, Formative Assessment, Cyberlearning, and Learning as a Cross-Setting Phenomenon. A large EDC team—co-PI Pam Buffington, Marian Pasquale, Jackie DeLisi, Catherine McCulloch, and Amy Busey—will address areas within Cyberlearning, participate in Adaptation Site work in Maine, and co-lead the Collaboratory’s outreach work with professional associations.

Last Updated: October 2012