"Research Action Clusters" (RACs) of 3-10 teams were formed in 2013 to address specific mathematics education and teacher preparation challenges using the Networked Improved Community (NIC) design developed and fostered by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of our partners. The NIC design builds on precepts of improvement science--to rapidly prototype, test, and refine strategies for improvement--along with the precepts of networked design--in which multiple teams of a RAC are working in concert on potential interventions--allowing the partnership to create timely solutions that are responsive to differing conditions under which
they might be used.
Our 5 RACs
We are presently managing five RACs. Each includes the involvement of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and K-12 personnel and has demonstrated institutional commitment.