The Wright Brothers finally designed something that could fly, so maybe we could too.
We want to create an exchange, or a collaboration, that would more closely knit research conducted in our School of Education with the teachers and organizations that could feed into it and benefit from it.
After two years of fact finding and data gathering we called our inaugural planning meeting. We invited representatives from faculty, staff, statewide organizations, and school districts. A professional facilitator guided our 4-hour discussion so that we could take notes and participate.
We have examined similar research exchanges operating at other universities and have sifted through to extract what might work in our own context, with our resources and challenges. We came up with the following, to be addressed at subsequent meetings:
Facilitate a place or space for practitioners and researchers to ask questions and get answers
Put system in place that serves not just large districts but all
Must have broad faculty interest and investment
Create a repository of information
A collaboration of groups & network of organizations
Build a prototype
Offer mutual incentives for practitioners and researchers, parity in access
A place for simple info sharing, match making, and collaborative research
Funds needed for meetings of collaborators, to hire a full time staff person
Use resources of allied organizations
Ask the University and the School to provides seed/startup funds
Sustain with help from grants
Next steps: Interview faculty researchers to create detailed descriptions of their current work and their future interests
Define metrics for success
Do 1 or 2 things well, maintain a focus
Discover the important, shared challenges facing practitioners , districts, and statewide entities
Create timeline including school districts and issues of need.
The immediate task is to create a summary and proposal document to present to the Dean.