Our Partner Initiatives are part of The Collaborative's long-term vision for creating research partnerships to leverage the collective knowledge in Rhode Island. These partnerships start with research questions that originate from community organizations and result in data and evidence that inform challenging state and community issues.
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:
- Create deep partnerships between practitioners and researchers;
- Connect RI research efforts with other local and national stakeholders to better leverage the wealth of knowledge here in RI;
- Connect scholars from across disciplines and campuses;
- Are done in quick-cycle, allowing researchers to showcase findings to practitioners and others within six months of project launch.
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.
The Arts + Culture sector is a vital contributor to the Rhode Island economy. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission partnered with The College & University Research Collaborative are partnering to develop a Research Network that will discover new knowledge to inform statewide decisions as well as promote cross-sector collaborations.