Practice Brief

Reflections on Developing a Cross-Institutional Inquiry Project

Two people in conversation at convening on educator preparation
Photo by Christine Butler
Rebecca Cheung, Jennifer Robinson, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper, and Jessica Charles
March 2020 | Bank Street Graduate School of Education
Two people in conversation at convening on educator preparation
Photo by Christine Butler

EdPrepLab network members from across the country have partnered to form inquiry groups—each composed of a cross- or intra-institutional team—focused on collaboratively exploring a topic related to deeper learning and equity. This brief captures protocols and processes employed by the University of California, Berkeley, Montclair State University, and Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Their inquiry group interrogates how to support effective collaboration in the design of their inquiry project proposal. The reflections coalesce best practices for a range of topics including, but not limited to: scheduling, facilitation, collaboration, scope of work, online meeting platforms, and fostering team investment. Moreover, this brief includes a conversation guide (see page 4) for brainstorming inquiry questions with your cross-institutional team.

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