Our mission is to collaboratively engage in supporting high-quality, problem-based research, contribute to policy discussions based on MEP generated research, and regularly disseminate findings to the research community, MMSD, and the public in order to improve the experiences and individual outcomes for all MMSD students.
The MEP partnership engages UW Madison researchers and faculty; MMSD administration, teachers and staff; as well as stakeholders from the broader Madison community to support the development and use of high-quality, relevant, and timely research.
Over the two years of the study, the MEP will observe classrooms to assess the quality of instruction and instructional environments in 4K, while developing an understanding of teachers’ current level of professional development and training needs through teacher focus groups. The $400,000 grant begins September 1, 2018.
In two related research projects, MEP is examining school practices to plan for the 4K-5K transition and implementing teacher home visits in the summer before children enter elementary school. The grant runs through December 2019.
MEP seeks proposals for research related to school attendance from 4-year-old Kindergarten through Grade 12. The proposed study could use attendance as a predictor or outcome. The partnership takes a broad view of the role of attendance in proposed projects and seeks to foster creative research from university colleagues on problems of practice in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Deadline to apply is October 5, 2018.
Research-Practice Partnerships in Education
MEP co-directors, Eric Grodsky and Beth Vaade, appeared on the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty podcast on their series, Poverty Research & Policy Podcast.
Wisconsin teachers visit homes to build trust with families
August 8, 2018, Education Dive