Education Innovation Research Network

Education Innovation Research Network

The Education Innovation Research Network launched in March 2017, provides Rhode Island scholars and practitioners with opportunities to collaborate on meaningful, rapid-cycle action research. The network acts as a resource to address pressing education challenges locally in RI, while serving as a model for national efforts toward innovation. Research projects can span the gamut of education innovation but they always:

  1. Create deep partnerships between practitioners and researchers;
  2. Connect RI research efforts with other local and national stakeholders to better leverage the wealth of knowledge here in RI;
  3. Connect scholars from across disciplines and campuses;
  4. Are done in quick-cycle, allowing researchers to showcase findings to practitioners and others within six months of project launch.

The Education Innovation Research Network is a partnership between EduvateRI,  The College & University Research Collaborative and the Rhode Island Office of Innovation

Current ongoing projects include:

University of Rhode Island/NE Basecamp/Eight middle school teachers in two districts in Rhode Island: Looking at a subset of middle school classrooms in RI, this research team is looking to identify the core dispositions and attributes of successful implementation of personalized learning across various models of PL.

Rhode Island College/Central Falls School District: We know that the role of the educator changes in a personalized learning environment. But so then does the role of the educator preparation program. This research investigates the ideal relationship between the mentor and mentee in an ed prep program designed to support personalized learning.

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2018 Request for Proposals - Education Innovation Research Network

2018 Request for Proposals - Education Innovation Research Network

The RI-EIRN is currently soliciting proposals from any and all research-practitioner partnerships looking to expand the state’s knowledge of best practices around personalized learning in Rhode Island.

We will be offering up to two grants of $20,000 each to research-practitioner partnerships who best address the following questions:

  1. What is the question you are looking to answer through this research?
  2. How is that question immediately relevant and helpful to Rhode Island educators?
  3. Why have you chosen this question in particular?
  4. Who are the members the research team, including the practitioners*?
  5. How will each team member contribute to the work?
  6. What is the research project plan and how will you ensure that the work is able to be completed and showcased within six months of commencement?
  7. What data are needed to complete this research project? Of those data, what are already available to you? Of the data that aren’t yet accessible, how will you go about gathering or getting access to those data?
  8. What is the line-item budget for this research, including a narrative (as needed) of how grant funds would be spent down? *If this grant would be just a component of the funding for a given research project, please note that as well, including sources of additional dollars.

Download the full RFP here >>

Proposals are due back to maeve@collaborativeri.org by March 15, 2018.


Personal Learning Backpack: Empower Learners using the UDL Lens

by Kathleen McClaskey

Part 2 of the 3 Part Series on Using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage, and Express

Once a learner has indicated their strengths, challenges, and interests along with their preferences and needs in the Learner Profile (LP), then the teacher can work with the learner to develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB).

The UDL Lens: Access, Engage, and Express

The PLB using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens is for all learners. It is about teachers understanding how learners access information, engage with content, and express what they know and understand. This lens is also for the learner to understand how they learn best. It validates the learner and prompts conversations about their learning between the teacher and learner. To understand this process and how tools, resources, strategies and skills can support learning, we created this table as prompts to use for the learner to apply access, engage, and express...Read the full article here.


As part of the Education Innovation Research Network Catalyst Series Events, Kathleen McClaskey will be presenting on personalization and universal design for learning on May 31, 2017 and June 1, 2017. To learn more about the events and to register, click here. 

About Kathleen McClaskey 
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, keynoter, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they become independent self-directed learners who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen continues on her mission for educators to discover the learner in every child and to level the playing field for all learners. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University and has been an adjunct graduate instructor for Plymouth State University the last 15 years.



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