MERC Action-Research

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In collaboration with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), select Chesterfield County Public School teachers from Monacan and Meadowbrook High Schools, are active participants in an action-research study geared towards professional development in the areas of Culturally Responsive Teaching and supporting equity across disciplinary practices.  Fostering inclusive and equitable classrooms is a priority of CCPS. This action-research allows participants to collect and reflect on data related to student outcomes and also plan and implement a Culturally-Responsive Teaching practice.  

What is MERC?

Established in 1991 as a partnership between Richmond-area school divisions and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education, the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium leads research that addresses enduring and emerging issues in PK12 education with the goal of informing policy, building the professional knowledge and skills of key stakeholders, contributing to the body of scholarly knowledge, and ultimately impacting outcomes relevant to students, schools, and communities. MERC has a partnership with seven school divisions in the Richmond-metro area, to include CCPS. You can read more about MERC by clicking here.

The goals of the action-research study are as follows:

  • To understand the impact of disciplinary interventions 
  • To offer recommendations for best practices that can be utilized in schools
  • To develop professional learning programs that focus on culturally responsive teaching

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