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Research Action Clusters (RACs)

"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.

  1. Developing Effective Clinical Experiences: Working to develop infrastructures and models that best meet the needs of teacher candidates.
  2. MODULE(S2): Math of Doing, Understanding, Learning, and Educating for Secondary Schools: Developing mathematical knowledge and habits of mind for teaching prospective secondary mathematics teachers.
  3. Actively Learning Mathematics: Reform of freshman/sophomore level mathematics courses.
  4. MATH: Marketing for Attracting Teacher Hopefuls: Purposeful marketing campaign to attract secondary mathematics candidates, with special attention to diverse and underrepresented groups.
  5. STRIDES: Secondary Teacher Retention & Induction in Diverse Educational Settings: Teacher preparation programs actively recruit high-quality and diverse teacher candidates and monitor and provide support to ensure program completion.