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EQuIP - Educational Quality through Instructional Partnerships

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The EQuIP project prioritizes applications received from New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. However, any K-12 public s

A Quick Introduction to the EQuIP Grant Project

If you are a fulltime K-12 school librarian in a public school and you are interested in helping measure the school librarian’s impact on student learning, then join the EQuIP Grant Project! Here is a brief introductory video explaining EQuIP’s research goals and why it is a great opportunity for you and your students:

Who Can Participate?

The EQuIP project has funding for thirty public schools each year of its implementation: ten K-5th grade schools, ten 6th-8th grade schools, and ten 9th-12th grade schools. K-8th or K-12th schools may choose to apply as either elementary, middle, or high schools depending on the grade level of the participating team. EQuIP prioritizes applications received from South Carolina, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Texas. However, any K-12 public school is welcome to apply if space becomes available.

Steps for Participation

  1. Email Dr. Green to express your interest. You’ll receive instructions on how to obtain permission from your school system and school administrator to participate in the research process.
  2. Build your team (you’ll need a Teacher A and a Teacher B, explained below).
  3. Submit signed letters of agreement from your school team (School Librarian, Teacher A, and Teacher B).
  4. Participate in a brief virtual orientation

How to Select Your Team and Unit

Your team will be an important part of this research project. This video explains how to choose Teacher A, Teacher B, and what to consider when selecting the instructional unit you will co-design and co-teach.

School Year 1
Summer
School Year 2

1. The School Librarian co-teaches the instructional unit with Teacher A.

2. Teacher B independently teaches the same unit.

3. Each unit is observed twice during its span of instruction.

4. Teacher A and Teacher B students are pre- and post-tested and scores are compared.

1. The School Librarian and Teacher A complete the Guided Inquiry Summer Institute with Dr. Leslie Maniotes.

  1. Fully online/asynchronous
  2. Required for grant participation
  3. Fully covered by the grant!
  4. Continuing Ed credit provided by the University of South Carolina

2. The unit is reconfigured as a guided inquiry unit. 

1. The School Librarian co-teaches the new, guided-inquiry version of the unit with Teacher A.

2. The School Librarian co-teaches the traditional version of the unit with Teacher B.

3. Each unit is observed twice during its span of instruction.

4. Students are pre- and post-tested and scores are compared. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What data will be collected? Who designs and grades the pre-post tests? Will grant activities cause a disruption in the school day? This brief video answers frequently asked questions on EQuIP.


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