Teacher As Researcher
The National Writing Project has worked hard to cultivate the concept of teacher as researcher. Online collaboration and publishing has bound this community, spread all over the US, together. The site contains very practical tips as well as theory and references.
A special interest group under the auspices of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) connects researchers and teachers.
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
Some educators at universities and in research organizations pay lip service to the role of teachers in garnering research or feel that a six week period of involvement by teachers is just right. The Internet guarantees a serious, sustained commitment of teachers in research. Moreover, many of the student protocols, such as writing samples and multimedia productions and scientific investigations, can now be easily placed on line for all.
Teachers themselves initiated many of these efforts!
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Benchmarks for Science Literacy - Project 2061
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• Networks for Teachers By Teachers (sampler)
• The Library of Congress
• Fiction and Biography for Grades 4-8
• School Administration Support