Cindy Hmelo-Silver and Joshua Danish have been awarded a grant of $1.515 million from the National Science Foundation for the project Hearing Each Other's Voices: Community Models for Professional Learning for Teachers, STEM Coaches and Researchers.
The goal of the project is to support teachers, STEM coaches and researchers in sharing their knowledge so that they can learn from one another. The STEM coaches will work with teachers with a focus on science and technology in the schools. They will also serve to connect K-12 schools and researchers, and will play a critical role in bridging between the teachers and researchers. Ultimately, a professional learning community will be created, bringing the three groups together.
“I am particularly excited about this grant because it provides an opportunity to get research in the learning sciences and instructional technology off the shelf and into the hands of practitioners,” said Hmelo-Silver, a Distinguished Professor with the IU School of Education. “With our focus on STEM coaches, we really have the opportunity to amplify our research but at the same time, helping researchers better understand problems of practice and the realities of the classroom. It can also provide a model for Schools of Education to build research-practice partnerships.”