What, specifically, will the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative do?
The Research Collaborative has selected nine fellows who are either emerging or established leaders in policy, practice, or research with ongoing engagement in student-centered learning efforts, who want to sharpen their skills in translating research into sense-making tools and implementation strategies for practitioners and policymakers. It is also funding four studies on student-centered learning, two of which are basic exploratory research, and two of which use the techniques of improvement science.
Collaborative members will conduct original research on student-centered practices, curate existing scholarship for multiple audiences, and generally catalyze the field so that important findings make the necessary and often rare transition from research to practice. Because theory, practice, data, and decision-making are always intertwined, the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative will undertake its work in an integrated, interdisciplinary fashion. Focused initially on the New England region, the goal of the collaborative will be to bring a variety of core stakeholders together to make measurable improvements in the way we understand and implement student-centered principles in today’s schools. A crucial part of the Collaborative’s work will be to identify the institutional conduits where new knowledge will produce the most positive change—particularly for traditionally underserved students—and to determine the most compelling forms of public messaging that will help student-centered learning practices gain the greatest traction in our local, regional, and national conversations about education.