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:
- To train K-12 teachers from the Richmond Region in the theory and methods of action research.
- To support teachers as they design and conduct action research projects in their classrooms and schools.
- To help with the dissemination of action research within schools, divisions and the broader educational research community.
- 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
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!