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Teachers as Researchers

Improving classroom teaching and building a craft-knowledge base ultimately drive school improvement. Teacher or action research involves identifying a problem, learning what others have done to address the problem, devising and implementing relevant strategies, collecting and analyzing data, and sharing findings with colleagues. SERVE is developing processes, tools, and resources designed to train, engage, and support teachers in becoming reflective practitioners by developing teacher researchers.


Teachers as Researchers Academy (TARA)

SERVE develops investigative skills through the Teachers as Researchers Academy (TARA), which trains, engages, and supports teachers in collaborative action research. The process begins with workshop training in how best to conduct meaningful research focused on students' specific learning needs. Training is followed by various forms of support in the implementation, ongoing analysis, and refinement of the action-research projects. TARA builds individual and group expertise in critical-inquiry skills and promotes the development of school cultures of research-oriented collaboration.

For more information, contact Sammy Parker, Senior Program Specialist, at (800) 755-3277.