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ERIC Number: ED564485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
A Proposal for Integrating Research and Teacher Professional Preparation: Innovation and Induction Corridors. White Paper
Donovan, M. Suzanne
Strategic Education Research Partnership
In this white paper, the author addresses the current issues faced by policy makers for improving the K-12 education system in the United States. Reliance had been on: (1) incentives; and (2) accountability standards. These two policy levers promised a quick, easily understood response for a relatively small investment. While the logic of these policies was promising, they have produced disappointing results time and again. An organizational structure of Innovation and Induction Corridors, comprised of a cluster of schools located inside a group of major school districts, is proposed. The corridors in each district would span pre-K or kindergarten through grade 12, and the schools would be officially designated as research and development sites. Except for new teachers who are being inducted into the profession, any student, teacher, or administrator could choose not to be in these schools, removing from the mix those who have reservations about engagement in research and development. The job descriptions of the teachers and administrators in the corridor would include routine participation in education R&D for which they would be paid a premium. Classrooms would be open for observation at all times, and data collection, video recording, and shared work would be standard protocol. Political risks for district personnel would be reduced because the disgruntled would have the option of moving to any school outside the corridor. Consent to use data for research purposes subject to standard confidentiality protections would be a condition for enrollment or employment in corridor schools. Is the proposal realistic? The primary obstacle foreseen is funding--that is the policy decision to allocate, or reallocate, funds to make it happen. Creating organizational structures that enable the best researchers and the most skillful practitioners to work together to build and improve professional practice and the knowledge base that supports it will address the capacity challenge that has undermined one policy initiative after another. It is an investment strategy that will not only work for today, but one that will evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP)