Action Research

Started in the spring of 2012, the MERC Action Research Initiative works with teachers and other school staff from the MERC school divisions to develop practitioner-led research projects that address the everyday problems of classrooms and schools. The MERC Action Research Initiative has four goals:

  1. To train K-12 teachers from the Richmond Region in the theory and methods of action research.
  2. To support teachers as they design and conduct action research projects in their classrooms and schools.
  3. To help with the dissemination of action research within schools, divisions and the broader educational research community.
  4. To build a network of teacher action researchers across the region.

Through a collaboration with the Metropolitan Educational Research Alliance (META), we are currently working with a group of 11 teacher researchers.

Cohort 6 Teacher Action Researchers
Stephanie Biller – Ridge Elementary, Henrico County Public Schools
Liza Collins – Clover Hill High School, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Amber DeLauri – Martin Luther King Middle School, Richmond City Public Schools
Margaret Kielty – Reid Elementary School, Richmond City Public Schools
Brian Letourneau – Hanover High School, Hanover County Public Schools
Adrian Martin – Crenshaw Elementary School, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Laurie Messer – Carver College and Career Academy, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Marivic Mitchell – Moody Middle School, Henrico County Public Schools
Leigh Ann Pullen – Washington Henry Elementary School, Hanover County Public Schools
Cheryl Thompson, Blackwell Preschool Developmenf Center, Richmond City Public Schools
Patricia Woodberry – Chimborazo Elementary, Fox Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, and Swansboro Elementary, Richmond City Public Schools

Program Facilitators
Jesse Senechal – VCU, MERC
Jenny Smith  – Quioccasin Middle School, Henrico County Public Schools

Check out Episode 4 of Abstract, which features a conversation with Margaret, Marivic, Liza, Jesse, and Jenny about this initiative!

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