Dec 21, 2017
When it comes to improving education, research and development techniques can play a role in facilitating safe and inclusive innovation.
While EdTech innovators at NYC’s EdTech Week were debating how to enable educators to innovate in the classroom without hurting students, one private school system in Hawaii is taking the matter into its own hands.
Kamehameha Schools serves around 5,400 students in 42 schools across Hawaii. Faced with the perennial problem of improving education, Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu took a page from the American School of Bombay’s (ABS) “research and development” approach to education innovation (the folks at ABS even wrote a book titled R&D Your School).
ABS spearheaded a “research and development” team, composed of ABS educators who would study best practices, make recommendations to school leadership, and oversee pilot programs in the classroom. All of the school’s educators were encouraged to contribute to the conversation. Another plus: the pilot programs provided further data for the R&D team to refine their recommendations for future programs.
At a time when American educators feel left out in the cold by the pace of education reform, ABS’s R&D model, its advocates say, empowers educators to direct change in their classrooms.
Tutoring isn’t a static model, either. Find yourself some peers to kickstart a R&D process to improve your teaching strategies and client satisfaction.
How an R&D Mindset Brought Teachers and School Leaders Closer Than Ever https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-21-how-an-r-d-mindset-brought-teachers-and-school-leaders-closer-than-ever