Research, Data, and Equity Institute

The Research, Data, and Equity Institute engages educators in building skills and knowledge that will help them: create research that is applicable to their schools and classrooms, use data to improve student outcomes, and explore issues of equity and social justice in the educational context.  Each class includes unique opportunity for participants to video-conference with teacher leaders and experts across the nation. The three graduate classes that comprise this Institute are:

  • Leading Colleagues Using Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice (X.EDUC 413): How do we bridge the gap between research and practice? And how do we make sense of all the information thrown at us in a research-crazed world? This class helps build the skills, knowledge and dispositions teacher leaders need to support colleagues in using the latest research and data to improve practice and student learning. Topics we will explore include types of research, examining the research process, the skills teacher leaders need to lead colleagues in using research to improve practice, research competencies, action research, data collection and analysis, how research makes instruction intentional and systematic, and how it allows us to make meaning out of numbers. This is an accelerated 5-week Summer II class offered in July-August.
  • Equity and Social Justice: A Teacher's Role (X.EDUC 449): In this course, participants will learn to address issues of social justice seamlessly and incorporate social justice into the design of their learning environments. Participants will explore their socialization around social issues, produce narratives about their social justice development, and create action plans that will create learning environments that don’t shut down dialogues about difference, but open them up.  Prepare to be changed for the better. This is an accelerated 5-week Summer I class offered in June-July.
  • Owning Assessment and Data for Student Learning (X.EDUC 458): As teachers, we don't just need to understand assessment and data. We need to OWN it! This course helps teachers build the skills to do just that, as we explore organizational improvement through assessment design. Learn to facilitate and support colleagues in using assessment tools to inform decisions to improve practice and student learning. Participants will explore how small ideas can be tested and taken to scale, potentially impacted organizational change.  This is an accelerated 5-week Summer II class offered in July-August.
Each of these classes can be taken separately, and students can elect a credit or non-credit option.
Modules can be personalized for individuals, groups of teachers, districts, states, or associations. All classes are held in dynamic virtual learning environments and can be accessed from the participant's individual device or on our beautiful campus.
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Mount Holyoke College's Professional and Graduate Education division is an approved professional development provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.