Want to earn graduate credit for the amazing work you’re already doing with the Tarrant Institute? We are happy to provide a school-based course designed specifically for our partner educators.


Projects should address the authentic needs of participants and their students. Project plans will incorporate an inquiry design that: establishes project goals; designs and implements a change in practice; collects relevant data; and analyzes how the project affects students.

Course facilitators will support participants as they identify students' needs and craft plans that are research-based, technology-rich and responsive to the nature and needs of young adolescents.

Participants will consult with facilitators about their ongoing research at least every two weeks in an agreed-upon format. Participants will also have ample opportunity to hone their projects in collaboration with peers. Participants will document their action research using an online tool such as Google Sites. Participants will reflect upon and share their findings to a public audience through conference presentations, a live or recorded webinar, a blog post, or another agreed-upon format that can inform the work of other educators.

All participants are invited to discuss with facilitators alternative designs in order to meet personal or team goals and priorities.

Required Products

  • Journal/Blog: informal, on-going reflections to record and share your thinking and learning
  • Website: final collection representing your work from each stage of the research cycle
  • Dissemination: presentation, webinar, blog post, or other agreed-upon format to share your learning with a wider audience

Before You Register

Are you ready to learn with us?

  1. Let us know you are interested in pursuing graduate work.
  2. Confirm funding through your school's professional development (PD) funding source.
  3. Meet with your PD coordinator to consult about your project plan (see syllabus for what this entails).


What makes this course special?

Choose Your Own Adventure

Our syllabus outlines the expectation that you address authentic needs in your practice. In this spirit, you will work with us to answer a compelling question. You will design a project where you set goals, design and implement a change in practice, collect relevant data, and analyze how the project affects students.

Build Your Own Playlist

Working together, we will select relevant readings, online learning opportunities, videos, webinars, and so on, to ground your work. We will also help you learn to use the technology tools you choose to integrate.

Answer Your Own Question

Embark on an "Action Research" journey. This course asks you to systematically examine your own practice through an action research cycle where you will pose a question, gather data, decide on a course of action, assess the implementation, and reflect on its impact.

Share Your Experience

The power to learn from models is important to us. By sharing your journey with a wider audience of educators, you are contributing to a learning network we believe is important to cultivate. Others might be inspired from your journey and might be empowered by your example.

Dissemination is a key expectation of this course, and we have multiple avenues for you to share. See Previous Projects for a few examples.

Previous Projects

3D Printing at Edmunds & Hunt Middle Schools

Students at Edmunds Middle School examine their new 3D printer.

Question: Does the integration of 3D printing technology increase students understanding of how rapid prototyping technology works and the types of materials that are involved?
Dissemination: 3-D Printing Presentation at Dynamic Landscapes 2014 | Innovation:Education 3-D printing blog post

Flipping the Math Classroom at Edmunds Middle School

Inside the Winooski iLab. Image source: @ErikaBTV

Question: How will a flipped math classroom and an increase in dynamic group applied math activities affect the mathematical growth in a sixth grade classroom?
Dissemination: School-based Inservice Presentation 2014 | Innovation: Education Fresh Ways to Flip Your Classroom blog post

Metacognition in Science Classes at Harwood Union Middle School

Eighth Grade Science Teacher Brian Wagner

Question: How can students construct and explain their learning through the use of digital applications?
Dissemination: Innovation: Education Brian Wagner on Aurasma blog post