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Contributing Factors and Measurable Outcomes of Student-Centered Learning

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Author(s): Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

SatCHA very important new research opportunity is available – Students at the Center, a project of Jobs for the Future, has released an RFP for a fourth study to be funded up to $300,000 as part of their Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative. Proposals are due August 5th.

According to the press release, they are seeking proposals regarding the contributing factors and measurable outcomes of student-centered learning practices that are rigorously examined. This funding will support two-year research projects that investigate the effectiveness of student-centered learning practices, the conditions that foster (and undermine) these practices, who most (and least) benefits from them and why, and the extent to which specific approaches impact the achievement and college and career readiness of students from historically underserved groups and communities. If you or a colleague plans to conduct research in this area, we hope you/they will consider submitting a proposal.

As I’m sure you remember, competency-based progression is one element of student-centered learning.

About the Student-Centered Research Collaborative – The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is a core project of the Students at the Center initiative at Jobs for the Future. With thought leadership and anchor funding from The Nellie Mae Education Foundation and additional support from Overdeck Family Foundation, the Research Collaborative is bringing together several research teams along with school and school-system leaders, policymakers, practitioners, and funders, each known for their impact and influence, to clarify and catalyze the field.