Guest Authors: Cynthia Prasow, Director of Partner Research Schools, and Jennifer Lock, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary. The Partner Research Schools initiative is aligned with the Education Research Framework document ratified 2011 by the Education Research Partnership Committee and guided by the Inspiring Education document.
What are partner research schools? Partner Research Schools (PRS) are dynamic collaborations among schools, communities, and universities leading innovation through research-active inquiry and practice. The Partner Research Schools initiative is aligned with the Education Research Framework document ratified 2011 by the Education Research Partnership Committee and guided by the Inspiring Education document.
How has partner research schools evolved? This initiative evolved over two years. The work of the Partner Research Schools Committee included developing a definition, Letter of Interest, Memorandum of Agreement signed by 8 school authorities in April 2013, and the development of a three-year strategic plan.
What Constitutes a Partner Research School Project? This initiative is designed to create opportunities for academic staff and schools to work together around a research project/question. A research project may also include experts from various community agencies (e.g., theatre, museums, and foundations). The richness of a partner research school project is that it fosters collaboration among stakeholders in the school, school jurisdictions, and the larger community. Such examples of areas for research might include formalizing a question regarding such ideas as: classroom practice, curriculum areas, examining diversity, technology integration in teaching and learning, universal design and assessment of, for and as learning.
How to get involved? Go to the Partner Research Schools website to find out how to facilitate a collaborative research initiative. You will find on the website a formalized process for submitting project ideas, as well as examples of current project descriptions.