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Research Informed Schools

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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Coming up in 2024


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


Paul Magnuson

Thy Carber

James Costain

Carol Lai

Hermione Paddle

Mhairi Ziegler


Board of trustees comprising official representatives from the ECIS Member Schools

  • Carol Lai,