University of Colorado at Boulder’s PhET Interactive Simulations project creates interactive simulations – based on extensive education research – to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics worldwide. This grant would enable PhET to significantly advance its impact through creation of next-generation simulations, related teacher professional development resources, and research and technologies to advance effective design and classroom use to support the new Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and deeper learning. Through this grant, PhET will increase the number of next-generation simulations it provides, enhance the organization’s ability to support improved teaching practices, improve the accessibility of the simulations to all students, increase knowledge about effective simulation design for deeper learning, and move toward a more sustainable long-term business model.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of a research hub that focuses on youth organizing
The National Education Policy Center, a nonprofit education research center housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, supports the Research Hub for Youth Organizing and Education Policy. In order to advance education justice, the hub conducts research and shares results and analyses with youth-organizing groups and coalitions. The goal of these efforts is to uplift and centralize the voices of marginalized youth to sustain a movement dedicated to improving education systems.
for a research-practice partnership to test theories of diffusion and scaled impact
The School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder is a nationally recognized innovator that teaches, conducts research, and engages in outreach to improve educational practices and policies. The grantee — one of a new cohort of researcher-practice partnerships — will support professional learning so Denver educators can engage in culturally relevant, phenomenon-based (focused on observable events) science teaching; it will also organize a learning community meeting for the cohort of research-practice partnership grantees. This work will present a model of professional learning that districts and states may either adopt or adapt, while providing new thinking about the spread of innovation.