We would like to facilitate the growth of professional networks for educators working with research in K-12 schools.
We are interested in two related but distinct applications of research in schools:
1. Leveraging teacher action research as professional development through the creation of local support structures for interested teacher-researchers; and
2. Creating original research to inform K-12 practice, both in the school where the research is conducted and beyond.
We believe that action research that is autonomous, collaborative, classroom-based, and ongoing contributes to teacher well being, healthy school cultures, and positive learning environments for children.
We believe that educators in K-12 settings are responsible for ongoing reflection about teaching and learning, the purpose of school, and the real outcomes of schooling. We therefore support original research carried out by school faculty members, at the school, in order to inform practice.
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MEET UPS 2023-2024
Laser Focus Talks
Starting in January 2024, our SIG invites you to attend informal talks, via Zoom, hosted by residential scholars and visiting scholars of Leysin American School (LAS), plus other invited guest speakers.
LAS Resident Scholars are teachers who have taken on action research as professional development in the form of year-long passion projects. Visiting Scholars are graduate students, professors, entrepreneurs, and others who stay at LAS in residence for one to two weeks to share their work with and learn from faculty members (see www.las.ch/laser).
MEET THE COMMITTEE
James is Head of School at Legacy School in Bangalore, India.
After thirteen years in UK private boarding schools, James first moved overseas, working in Kathmandu, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, and now India. Each position brought new learning through the contrasts in both context and culture. James is also the founder of Ethos Education, dedicated to helping educators create a culture of continuous professional learning and a safe, trusting culture in which risk-taking and exploration of innovative solutions are the norm.
He holds an MA in Leadership (Education) from the University of London and a PGCE in Secondary Education from the University of Exeter, UK.
Paul attributes much of his innovation in teaching and learning to 20 years of summer camp experience. He also has experience in school improvement with US federal education programmes, the Minnesota Center for Reading Research, and classroom teaching from elementary through graduate school in the US and internationally.
He began building Leysin American School Educational Research in 2009. Since 2015 he has taught in administration, international education, and teacher licensure, first at Endicott College and since 2020 with Moreland University. He is on the steering committee of Outstanding Schools, a member of the research group of the International School Network, and a frequent blogger with The International Educator.
Paul has a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota.
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