In December, 2017, we traveled to California to learn about Apple’s initiative of doing action research in schools. Our middle school team attended and as soon as we returned, we embarked on a research project around coaching teachers for deeper learning.
Action research is an informal research process undertaken within a school or organization to try and answer questions of interest to one or more stakeholders, such as: “why is this working well?” or “how could we improved at…?”
In our initiatives around deeper learning, aligned with our strategic plan, we asked a simple question. Would the more time a technology coach spent with a teacher (planning, reflecting, co-teaching) lead to an increase in deeper learning for students? And if not, what factors might we identify that could be adjusted to see more deeper learning? And how could our building leaders play a role in the process of promoting deeper learning, especially with our 1:1 program?
This research process is important because it is highly reflective for our technology coaches and the building principal, not to mention the participating teachers who are working with our coaches. The process is not about helping any one teacher get better; the research initiative was designed to help us get better, in general, with coaching for deeper learning. At each school, the selection of teachers was different, in consultation with the building principal.
Look forward to this space in the future as we share the results of our research process!