I am just back from helping review science and math grant applications for the Institute of Education Sciences within the Department of Education. It’s making me think: this seems a great process, with great potential – what's in the way of big impacts?
The process really is careful, with terrific ideas in the pipeline, and gives all of us guidance in how to pursue scaling of innovation in education. I think we may be expecting too much from the ecosystem of faculty researchers to be the only pull at the end of the pipeline – to expect them to be the drivers of the most complex scaled up research that nails interventions down at scale.
Where are the buyers in all this?