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Dimensions of Success: Seeking school district leaders and teachers

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Virginia Andrews Virginia Andrews 40 Points

Greetings from the Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School! We are excited to announce that we are looking for both school district partners and teachers to collaborate with our research team on a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award # 2101554). Our project aims to develop a strengths-based classroom observation and feedback system to support middle school teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Our system is grounded in principles of social and emotional learning and development as well as principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the context of the new vision for STEM education. It is our hope that by calling attention to STEM concepts and practices as well as features of the classroom—such as youth voice, persistence, reflection, and trust— STEM teachers will receive feedback about areas where they are already supporting their students and new opportunities where they can help their students build resilience.

Would you or someone you know be interested in serving on our advisory group?

  • We are looking for middle school STEM teachers, instructional facilitators/coaches, and administrators from across the U.S. with at least 3 years of experience in their current role.
  • Advisors will be asked to review observation materials, participate in 2-3 conference calls (up to 2 hours each), and complete one online survey between July 2022-July 2023.
  • Advisors will receive up to $1,400 for their participation.
  • This advisory group will serve as an exciting professional development and leadership opportunity for educators and staff who are interested in research and working to promote equitable and effective STEM education.
  • Please note, we aim to begin selecting members for this group on June 1, 2022.

Would your school district be interested in serving as a research site?

  • We are looking to partner with school districts with at least 30 middle school science teachers.
  • Middle school teachers will be asked to live stream or video record two typical STEM classroom lessons (30 to 90 minutes/each).
  • Each district will receive up to $26,000 for a two-year commitment to support the logistics associated with classroom recordings (e.g., purchasing recording equipment) and to help teachers enact current STEM standards in their classrooms.
  • Each teacher will receive personalized feedback and a summary of field notes from their observation to support continuous improvement.

If you or someone you know would like to join our advisory group, serve as a district research site, or learn more about the project, please complete this survey: by 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Please contact Virginia Andrews, ISRY’s Research Project Manager, at [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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