“Network routers”: a new proposal to put education research into practice

Washington Post

June 5th, 2014 by 

Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, recently wrote an article for the Washington Post on the rift between the spheres of educational research and practice. Having proposed different policy ideas in his book, From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse, to bridge this gap, Schneider offers a new one, which he says is perhaps “the easiest of them all” to perform:  the “network router.”  This proposal connects researchers and educators, two networks that have virtually no access to one another, through what Schneider calls an “informal partnership.” By working with a scholar, educators can “expand their school’s knowledge network” which could provide additional support in various situations—i.e. hiring staff, developing curriculum or staff professional development. Likewise, educators can serve as routers, “connecting educators to real school environments.”

Understanding the demands on principals’ time, Schneider calls scholars to initiate these informal and mutually beneficial partnerships: “while [scholars] have much to benefit professionally from this, such partnerships should also be understood as acts of citizenship… Insofar as we can do that through our schools, then, those of us who can help strengthen organizational capacity should do so in whatever small ways we can—as members of networks that grow more powerful when they link together.”

Read the article on the Washington Post website.

This is a “Holy Cross in the News” item by Evangelia Stefanakos.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

| More

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
12/19/14 Kiplinger’s Ranks Holy Cross No. 27 ‘Best Value’ Liberal Arts College
12/18/14 College Community Joins Together to Listen, Learn, Converse in Solidarity
12/17/14 El Español en Camino (Taking Spanish on the Road)
12/17/14 Video, Photo Gallery: Christmastime at Holy Cross is a Sight to See
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Video, Photo Gallery: Christmastime at Holy Cross is a Sight to See

Watch Video >
See video
Video: What is CreateLab?

Watch Video >
See video
Student Video Profile: Oswaldo Subillaga ’16

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

12/22/2014

'Get Fit with the Crusaders Day'

See More >
12/30/2014

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Yale University

See More >
12/31/2014

Men's Basketball vs. Boston University

See More >
01/02/2015

Men's Ice Hockey vs. United States Air Force Academy

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

12/19/14

Kiplinger’s Ranks Holy Cross No. 27 ‘Best Value’ Liberal Arts College

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked the College of the Holy Cross No. 27 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 45 overall among all colleges in the country...

12/17/14

‘Pakistan School Attack: The Symbolism Is Unmistakable’

In his debut piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, writes about the symbolism in the...

11/19/14

‘Remembering The Jesuits Whose Murders Brought An End To Salvadoran Civil War’

WBUR

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, reported from San Salvador, El Salvador, during the commemoration of six Jesuit priests murdered by the Salvadoran army 25 years ago in the...