District-Scholar Partnerships Yield New Insights
A set of in-depth partnerships between researchers and the nation’s large school systems are bearing fruit, both in new studies and greater insights into how districts and researchers can work together.
The Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship program released two reports from the second of three rounds of studies this month in Washington at the annual legislative conference of its sponsor, the Council of the Great City Schools. Researchers in Boston and San Francisco are developing tools and interventions to help middle and high school teachers, particularly those in science, social studies, and other content areas, incorporate academic vocabulary into their teaching.
One report describes efforts by the Washington-based Strategic Education Research Partnership, or SERP, to develop Word Generation , a series of 15-minute daily academic-vocabulary lessons and activities that could be incorporated into different courses, with the 56,300-student Boston district. With the CGCS grant, Catherine E. Snow, the head field researcher for SERP and an education professor at Harvard University, and Harvard postdoctoral fellow Joshua F. Lawrence were able to dig into data on effectiveness...
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