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The Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education (I-RISE) is recruiting Scholars for 2013. The I-RISE is a high-intensity summer research experience in which teams of researcher-videographers gather in Seattle to observe, document, and reflect on innovative K-12 professional development courses offered at Seattle Pacific University. The I-RISE is a hub of collaboration for interdisciplinary research on teacher professional development, conceptual understanding of energy, learning theories, and formative assessment practices. We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of expertise.

The dates of the 2013 I-RISE are August 5-20. Scholars must commit to attending the entire I-RISE (no late arrivals, early departures, or missed days, except weekends).

The application consists of a basic questionnaire and a short reflection on a video episode provided by the I-RISE Directors. To gain access to the video, contact Rachel Scherr (rescherr@gmail.com).

The deadline to apply is March 29, 2013.

1. Name

2. Institution

3. Title

4. Are you actively engaged in research on teaching and learning? If so, describe your research area here. If not, describe your involvement with teaching and learning.

5. Please provide contact information for at least two individuals who can speak to your ability to conduct research on teaching and learning.

6. Please describe your interest in the I-RISE. What would you bring to it? What would you hope to take away from it?

7. Please contact the I-RISE Director (rescherr@gmail.com) for access to a short video episode in which a group of teachers discusses their model for the energy of a dropped ball. Please watch the episode (as many times as you like) and, in the space below, write a 500-word reflection on it. What happened in the episode that caught your interest? What do you think it might mean?