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Quick Chat: Partner Research Schools

March 01,2016

Why a classroom makes the best laboratory for everyone

Chris McPhee superintendent of Canadian Rockies Public School division, with Werklund vice dean Sharon Friesen at the MOU signing ceremony on February 25th | 

Partner Research Schools: A Dialogue on Alberta Research (PDF)

In this Quick Chat, Cynthia Prasow discusses why a classroom makes the best laboratory for everyone

March 1, 2016 - One of the most important aspects of academic work is research.  And when it comes to focusing on how children learn and best teaching practices, what better place to conduct that research than in a classroom?

That's why the Werklund School of Education developed the Partner Research Schools (PRS) initiative, a unique collaboration between school jurisdictions and Werklund academics who are studying various aspects of education.

On February 25, the Werklund School of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its ninth partner,  Canadian Rockies Public Schools.  Superintendent Chris McPhee was on hand to bring his school division into the group that forms the PRS initiative.

Cynthia Prasow is the PRS Director and she says the linkages that have been established so far have benefitted not only Werklund researchers, but teachers, administrators and entire school boards as well.

As discovered in this Quick Chat, it's surprising that something like PRS has only just been established—especially considering how effective it's already become.