The Collaborative has received generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to begin its study of effective practices in K-12 teacher professional development at the intersections of the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, math, and humanities (STEAM).
With this grant, the Collaborative will study the blending of the arts, STEM, and humanities in teacher professional development through virtual and in-person training combined with mentorship models. In addition to effective practices in professional development, this project also will strengthen the Collaborative’s study of effective practices in K-12 classroom settings.
This NEA-funded project already has worked in-person and virtually with its Innovation Fellows, the top 10 identified teachers from previous research. As a result of their experiences, they are helping strengthen the Collaborative’s effective practices criteria and rubric through practitioners’ perspectives.
This current NEA grant builds on the previous NEA grant that convened the Collaborative’s Research Thought Leaders. The Thought Leaders are renowned researchers in each of the Collaborative’s disciplines. The previous NEA grant gave the Collaborative the opportunity to work with the Thought Leaders in person and virtually to deepen and effectively position its research initiatives and other Collaborative programs to address fields’ needs.