Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal

Action Research Teams

The Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal is pleased to announce a newly revised Action Research Team Approach to Professional Development for the 2013-2014 academic year. We invite your application for participation and recommend that you carefully review the following guidelines, since the scope of the program and the requirements have changed. Please Note: Due to current funding constraints, fewer grants will be awarded than have been in the past.

The 2013-2014 Action Research Project will involve teams of up to 5 educators from up to 3 member schools in a year-long intensive action research professional development experience using data-driven research to study a topic that has the potential to impact student achievement and the quality of teaching practice. Team members can be from different or same grade levels or departments in a school. The major criteria in forming a team should be a willingness and capacity to work together to investigate and improve teaching and learning.

Each team will decide on the focus of its inquiry, which should revolve around an authentic issue that engages the team members. The investigation should result in a long-term change or transformation of practice. Some possible topics include: Integrating the Common Core Standards, using technology to enhance instruction, co-teaching for inclusion, or any of a myriad of possibilities that relate to the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. The four dimensions of the Agenda are:

1. STEWARDSHIP OF BEST PRACTICE:
It is the responsibility of teachers to become models of best practice in their schools and professional communities. This means understanding the nature of school change, exercising leadership among peers and colleagues, and modeling best practices for teaching and learning.

2. ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Teachers and school communities must find the means for all students to "join the human conversation," by providing all students with the opportunity to reach their highest potential. This has implications for curriculum, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom organization, scheduling, etc.

3. NURTURING PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE:
Educators must possess a broad repertoire of pedagogical skills and knowledge, know their students as individuals with varied learning needs, and exhibit caring and respect for all learners.

4. DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE:
Schools are the primary institutions in our society charged with preparing students for participation in our political and social democracy. This includes teaching students how to use critical thinking to make good judgments, to respect the rights of others, to tolerate differences, and how to engage in civil discourse. It also means finding ways to promote democratic practice in schools.

All applications will be evaluated using the criteria listed on the rubric (See link below):

Action Research Team Application Rubric

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE ALL FIVE ITEMS BELOW:

1. Each team must complete and submit ONE Action Research Team On-line Application:

2013-2014 Action Research Team On-Line Application

2. EACH TEAM MEMBER must print, complete, and submit the following forms by fax or mail:

 Required Forms - Action Research Team Application

3. EACH TEAM MEMBER must submit a resume by fax or mail.

4. Please fax or mail one letter of support (see information above) from the Building Principal supporting the Action Research Team application, including:

  • Willingness to provide release time
  • Substitute coverage for the 3 on-campus meeting dates (TBD)
  • Brief summary of how this project will support overall school renewal

5. Please fax or mail one letter of support (see information above) from the Superintendent supporting the Action Research Team application.

 

FAX OR MAIL TO:

Dr. Connie Donvito, MSUNER

Montclair State University

University Hall, Suite 1180

Montclair, NJ 07043

(Fax) 973-655-5227

Completed Applications Must Be Received by 3:00 PM on September 20, 2013

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