Office of PK12 Schools and Educational Programs Research Committee (OPK12-research committee)

Introduction:

The Alexander D. Henderson University School and FAU High School are developmental research schools. As a part of the schools’ missions, the Office of PK12 Schools and Educational Programs Research Committee is a collaborative group that aims to support research conducted by FAU and other universities, the public schools, the private sector, as well as school-wide action research projects. 

The Office of Pre-K-12 Schools and Educational Programs Research Committee oversees research in and with our schools and educational programs by approving and facilitating collaboration with our schools while ensuring projects are conducted safely, successfully, and to the benefit of our students’ education, faculty, university, and the broader community. Through these research initiatives, our mission is to improve education for our own diverse student population as well as those at educational institutions across the country. This unique mission is what makes us an exemplary model for PK-12 programs across the nation.

Committee Description:

We are an Office of PK12 Schools and Educational Programs committee comprised of school/organization administrators, faculty, and FAU College of Education faculty. We facilitate research collaborations with the PK12 Schools and Educational Programs, including A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School, Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, and Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.

What We Do:

  • Establish collaborations with FAU (and other) researchers to study our programs, schools, and students
  • Review collaboration requests to assess fit based on our mission and ensure that university and school research protocols are in place where appropriate
  • Ensure that the research and findings are disseminated both to our school and to the broader discipline

Information for Parents:

A.D. Henderson and FAU High School are developmental research school sites.  As a part of our schools’ missions, we endeavor to conduct and support educational and developmental research within our school systems. Be assured, all research initiatives are pre-screened and require OPK12 Committee and FAU Review Board approval before the research begins. As always, the decision to allow your child to participate in these research projects or not is up to you, and will not affect your child’s grades or standing within the school. To discuss your or your child’s rights as a research subject, you may contact the Florida Atlantic University Office of Research Integrity at (561) 297-1383. Any concerns about the integrity of the research program may be addressed by contacting the Office of PK12 Schools and Educational Programs Research Committee at opk12research@fau.edu. We appreciate your dedication to the mission of our schools, and the opportunity to serve you and your child’s educational needs in new and innovative ways.

Information for Researchers:

How to Initiate a Collaboration:

If you are interested in initiating a collaboration, the following diagram will guide you through the approval process. For a complete list, you may use the Research Collaboration Checklist.

 

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Complete Request to Collaborate form
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If request is approved, sign Collaboration Agreement
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If grant is funded, upload notification: Grant Approval Form
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If IRB Protocol is required:
Begin IRB submission process
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Sign Collaboration Agreement
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If IRB protocol is approved, upload documents: IRB Approval Form
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If revisions made during the IRB process, submit Revised Request to Collaborate
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Approval Process:

The OPK12 Committee reviews all collaboration requests to assess fit based on our mission and ensure that university and school research protocols are in place where appropriate. In order to foster a positive research experience for all teachers, students, parents, and researchers, we take some of the following factors into consideration when deciding whether to approve the collaboration request: 

  • Study focus overlap with other current or recent studies
  • Study timeline overlap with other studies
  • Study population overlap with other concurrent or recent studies
  • Study impact on our school community

This link will provide you with guidelines before initiating recruitment of participants for your study: Guidelines for Researchers

If you have any questions or comments about the approval process or your specific study, feel free to contact us at opk12research@fau.edu