RMC Research partners with the University of Colorado Denver on a $3 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to develop and study professional development focused on student-adaptive pedagogy for grades 3-5 teachers.
Beginning July 15, 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded (#1503206) the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) a four-year, $3 million grant under the Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12). Dr. Ron Tzur will serve as the Principal Investigator for this important research and development initiative, Student-Adaptive Pedagogy for Elementary Teachers: Promoting Multiplicative and Fractional Reasoning to Improve Students’ Preparedness for Middle School Mathematics (AdPed). The project develops a teacher professional development intervention to support student-adaptive pedagogy for multiplicative and fractional reasoning. The idea is that classroom instruction should build on students’ current conceptions and experiences. It focuses on students from urban, underserved and low-socioeconomic status populations who often fall behind in the elementary grades and are left underprepared for middle grades mathematics. Grades 3-5 teachers in Aurora Public Schools will participate in a summer workshop and academic year follow-up including teacher collaboration. The project provides tools for capitalizing on successful, school-based research for promoting teachers’ buy-in, adoption, and sustaining of student-adaptive pedagogy. The project also includes measurement of student understanding of the concepts. An extensive plan to share tools and resources for teachers and instructional coaches (scalable to district/state levels) and of research instruments and findings, will promote sharing project outcomes with a wide community of stakeholders (teachers, administrators, researchers, parents, and policy makers) responsible for students’ growth. This is a Full Design & Development project within the Learning Strand of NSF’s DRK-12 Program. The DRK-12 Program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Joining Dr. Tzur as Co-Principal Investigators are Drs. Heather Johnson, Alan Davis, Sally Nathenson-Mejia, Maria Uribe, Michael Ferrara, also from UC Denver, along with Dr. Xin Wang from RMC Research Corporation in Denver, CO. Dr. Wang will co-lead with Dr. Davis the project’s methodological efforts, while Dr. John Sutton, also from RMC Research Corporation, will lead the project evaluation efforts.