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Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners in K-12 Classrooms

The James S. McDonnell Foundation announces a new funding opportunity in 2017 that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education.

The goal of the Teachers as Learners program is to address contemporary challenges to research-based educational reform built on a scientific understanding of how teachers acquire and use knowledge, new curricula, and new approaches in their professional practice. The inaugural call for pre-proposals is focused on supporting team based research addressing the topic teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions.

Call for Pre-Proposals

To contribute to filling this research and knowledge gap, the James S McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) is announcing a call for pre-proposals for team-based translational research as described in detail below.  Following review of pre-proposals a select set of teams will be invited to submit full proposals for funding consideration.  The pre-proposal and proposal application and review processes and important timeline information are provided with this call.  Projects can request a maximum of $2,500,000 over 5 years.  

The desired outcomes from the projects supported through this new JSMF funding initiative are twofold. First, it is expected that the research funded will lead to refined theories of teachers as learners that include motivators and causes of systematic improvements in teachers’ instructional practices. These theories will consider how attitudes and knowledge shape teachers’ instructional practices and how attitude, knowledge and practices improve. Second, it is anticipated that the knowledge acquired will lead to improvements in teachers’ uptake and effective use of evidence-based educational practices.

The inaugural call for pre-proposals is focused on supporting team based research addressing the topic teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions).

Pre-proposals prepared according to the specifications of this RFP and submitted before the deadline will be reviewed by the Teachers as Learners advisory panel.

Timeline
Call for Pre-Proposals AnnouncedMarch 1, 2017
Electronic Submissions AcceptedMarch 8, 2017
Pre-proposal DeadlineApril 26, 2017 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC)
Invitations to Participate in WorkshopJune 21, 2017
WorkshopAugust 2-4, 2017
Final Proposal DeadlineSeptember 1, 2017 15:59 CDT
Advisory Board MeetingLate September
Funding DecisionsOctober 27, 2017
Grants Commence2018

For more details : https://www.jsmf.org/apply/teachers-as-learners/

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