Catalyst and Early Career Scholars:
Aggression / Violence / Crisis
Assessment / Cognitive / Diversity
Reading Assessment / Intervention / Literacy
Social / Emotional / Behavioral
School Systems / Teachers / Climate
Mike Vanderwood (SPRCC Committee)
Shane Jimerson (SPRCC Committee)
Kelly Powell-Smith (SPRCC Committee)
|Angeleque Akin-Little (SPRCC Committee)
|Early Career Scholars||Leigh Baldwin
T. Chris Riley-Tillman
Sandra Glover Gagnon
Outcomes of the 2003 SPRCC were very positive. Thirty-six early career scholars, 13 catalyst scholars, and representatives from several school districts participated in the first SPRCC. A survey completed by participants at the end of the SPRCC indicated that the conference was successful in facilitating communication, facilitating collaboration, facilitating connections and relationships, and facilitating knowledge and resources of potential funding sources. With few exceptions, early-career participants accomplished all of their personal and professional objectives for participation in the SPRCC. All 2003 SPRCC participants indicated that the conference should be organized for future early career scholars. In the fall of 2003, a survey was conducted to determine whether or not participation in the conference was followed by collaboration in scholarly activity among the participants after the conference. The survey included seven questions related to whether or not participants had communicated and collaborated in research, writing, and grant proposals. Twenty-eight (78%) of the early career scholars completed the survey and eight (62%) of the catalyst scholars completed the survey. In the early career scholar group, 64% indicated that they had communicated with other early scholars and 68% reported corresponding with catalyst scholars following the conference. Furthermore, among the early career scholars, 39% reported having collaborated in developing a research or grant proposal, 32% reported having begun a research project in collaboration with other early scholars, and 43% had collaborated in writing with other early scholars.
As these responses indicate, the majority of participants corresponded following the conference, about one-third of the early scholars developed a research or grant proposal with other early scholars and collaborated across sites on a research project, and nearly half collaborated on a writing project within only 6 months of the conference.