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What if districts curated scholarly journals to which teachers could submit work...

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What if districts curated scholarly journals to which teachers could submit work for peer review and juried publication? As a practicing teacher I sometimes grow hungry for the opportunity to engage in meaningful, legitimate research. Why not encourage teachers to use their prime positions in the classroom as a means toward true inquiry into the fields of pedagogy and beyond? Focused professional growth is sure to be had by the researcher, and the published works could also benefit readers and the district as a whole.

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Jessica Hadid --not addressing the research aspect very well but my school is looking into creating a school Medium (https://medium.com) Publication to which teachers will contribute articles and writings as a way to provide an opportunity for their voices to heard. As a publication, the teachers will submit their stories/articles to someone (probably me) and then they will be published within our school's publication (but from their account). I like Medium because it's more interactive than most blog sites and provides an opportunity for more collaboration and interaction (without trolls).

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I love that idea. Would be cool too if a couple districts could partner on the project. I'm working on getting teachers in my district to blog for us, but making it more formal research would be valuable.

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For sure!  The larger the data set, the more we can learn. Lots of inspiration here to be gained from the way lesson study works in Japan, too. 

Photo of Lisa Abel-Palmieri
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Fabulous idea - partnership with universities for credit could be an interesting idea as well. 

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For sure -- if the district is able to offer credits, that would make this idea much more desirable. 

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Jessica Hadid  I would imagine universities would LOVE to work with teachers on this. Could you interview a PhD student, or even a professor, to see how this partnership might play out? Let me know if you need any connections in that regard--I can find students to connect you with @Stanford.

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This is a wonderful offer of support, thank you Ariel Raz ! I have wanted to do something similar at my school, and I think that partnership is essential for getting it off the ground, especially with regards to ethics. Jessica Hadid have you been able to follow up with Ariel?  I think starting with a quick interview is a good way to begin establishing that relationship and getting some insight into what it would take. 

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Have you seen Valid, legit and relevant research by Jennifer Gaspar- Santos ? Had a great conversation recently with some teachers who expressed the same wish... 

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Jessica, this idea is VITAL for attracting, training & retaining bright & taletned teachers. It also parallels Nick Wilson's Ideate post:"
Kodak, Blockbuster, R & D

Adapt or die..." is some interesting and potentially powerful ways. I wonder if these ideas could interact & grow?