Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative Research To Be Featured at Major Educational Research Conference

The program experience and research findings of the School of Education’s Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative will be featured in a symposium entitled, “Tilting towards Inquiry:  Implications for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development” at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in April chaired by its Director, Dr. Christine Clayton.

Selected from more than 12,000 research proposals to be highlighted at this conference, the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative symposium will feature presentations from SOE faculty on the development of the program, its design, success, challenges and sustainability, as well as presentations from six Westchester and New York City teachers who have participated in the Collaborative to promote inquiry learning among students.

SOE faculty presenting during this important session include Pleasantville Department Chair Christine Clayton, EdD; Lauren Birney, EdD; Joan Kass; Beth Kava; and Mary Rose McCarthy, PhD, who are all deeply involved in the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative and its work with regional teachers.  Additionally, Dr. Jim Kilbane from Tulane University, who also helped design the program, and Dr. Nancy Fichtman Dana from the University of Florida, a national expert on teacher inquiry, will participate as co-authors and discussant, respectively. The session will  report findings from four years of the professional development program where 77 secondary teachers have been involved, exploring the impacts of inquiry learning within the context of today’s high-stakes assessment contexts.

A teacher from the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative discusses her implementation of inquiry methods during a conference in Spring 2013.

AERA is the preeminent educational research organization in the United States, and will present the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative on a national stage. The Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative develops the capacity of school partners to create learning communities that develop teachers’ skills in creating inquiry opportunities for students in all subject areas.  Funded by a New York State Teacher Leader Quality Parntership grant, the Collaborative – now in its fifth year - currently works with nearly 40 teachers from high-needs schools in Westchester and New York City: Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, Millennium High School, Peekskill High School and Middle School, Sleepy Hollow High School, and Early College High School in Yonkers. Additionally, a number of School of Education and Dyson faculty from both campuses participate in the Collaborative.

For more information about the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative, please visit or contact Dr. Clayton by email.