The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced grants totaling $5.45 million to transform school practices through applications of the science of learning and development.
The nine teams of educators and researchers will receive grants ranging from $425,000 to $650,000 in support of multiyear collaborations designed to strengthen connections among educators, schools, and communities. Projects receiving grants include Student-Driven Learning Through Classroom Discourse, a partnership between the Boston Debate League, the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University, and Henderson Inclusion School, which will use the funds to construct a framework for the implementation and scaling of a debate-inspired classroom program driven by conversations and evidence-based discourse; a partnership between Los Angeles-based Environmental Charter School and WestEd, which will work to deepen and scale the practice of pairing meta-cognitive conversations with the reading of complex, discipline-based texts; the Nez Perce STEP Evaluation Project, a collaboration between the Nez Perce Tribe Education Department and the Idaho State Department of Education that is focused on exploring the impact of culturally competent and responsive teaching practices on student engagement; and the Role of Enhanced Mindfulness Practices for Educators in Promoting Self-Direction, a partnership between New Village Girls Academy, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California that will focus on whether daily mindfulness practice and teachers' ability to self-regulate impacts the richness of student-led work.
"Unlocking the power of advanced educational research depends on not only sharing with educators, but learning from, validating, and valuing their experiences and insights," said CZI's head of education, Sandra Liu Huang. "We are excited to support these collaborations between educators and researchers to advance whole child-focused school practices and help improve student outcomes."
For a complete list of recipients, see the CZI website.
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