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A Research+Practice Collaboratory
The Exploratorium comes together with the Education Development Center, Inverness Research, TERC, the University of Colorado - Boulder, and the University of Washington to form a Research+Practice (R+P) Collaboratory. The Collaboratory seeks to address and reframe the gap between research and practice in K-12 STEM education. This gap persists despite decades of work by many leading organizations, associations, and individuals. Attempts to close the gap have generally focused on creating resources and mechanisms that first explain or illustrate "what research says" and then invite educators to access and integrate findings into practice.

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Designing for Equitable Learning Across Settings
"The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for initiatives focused on supporting learning across settings in the domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The…

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Coordinating Research & Practice: New Models for Engaging Teachers with the Research-Base Related to STEM Practices
"How can engagement with research support classroom adoption of Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards? In this session we review three professional development approaches to engaging teachers with…
Conceptualizing Research-Practice Partnerships as Joint Work at Boundaries
"This paper presents a conceptual framework for analyzing how researchers and district leaders perceive and navigate differences they encounter in the context of research-practice partnerships. Our framework contrasts with dominant…
Developing a DBIR Research Plan
"This brief provides guidance for how to design a research plan using DBIR. It can also serve as a resource for preparing a research proposal to a federal agency or…
Designing for Equitable Learning Across Settings
"The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for initiatives focused on supporting learning across settings in the domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The…
Research+Practice Collaboratory Launches New Website
The R and P Collaboratory is an NSF-funded project formed to address the challenging gap between research and practice in STEM education, across both formal and informal settings. Led by…