A primary research site is a school, within a partner division/district/board that is generally intensively involved in the use of the educational tool and acts an active participant in the research study. A research school normally meets all of the following conditions:
- Experimental or control classrooms that meet student age requirements and length of study requirements.
- With active support from teachers and school administration, achieves parental consent rates of at least 75%.
- With teacher assistance, willingness of students to complete pretest and posttest measures, including achievement measures, and possibly some observations with a completion rate of at least 75%.
- Willingness of teachers to complete pretest and posttest measures with a completion rate of at least 75%.
- Sufficient access to working technology and technical support over the course of the study such that students and teachers achieve regular and sustained use of the educational tool (experimental classes).
CSLP support for a primary research site is intended to insure that teachers and students feel the existence of our active support to insure the educational tool is well and wisely used. During the term of a research project, CSLP support includes:
- Initial one-or two-day training workshop locally or on-site.
- Annual follow-up one-day training locally or on-site and/or swap and share days.
- Access to technical support and pedagogical support by phone, email and/or via blogs/wikis.
- Where possible, release time and travel paid by the CSLP.
- Where possible, additional funding for control classes and possibly experimental classes.
NOTE: The CSLP cannot extend free support to non-research sites within a division/board.