The College of Education and Tucson Unified School District recently received $650,000 in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to explore the impact of asset-based dialogic teaching, a process where teachers pose critical problems for inquiry, reflect upon students’ responses, and engage students in conversation. This gift comes out of a total of $5.45 million that the company is awarding to teams of educators and organizations across the country that are working together to improve school practices through cutting-edge research.
The College of Education and TUSD will use the grant to explore the impact of asset-based dialogic teaching on student outcomes like curiosity and self-direction at Tucson Magnet, Cholla, and Pueblo High Schools in Tucson.
“Asset-based dialogic teaching engages with students’ prior knowledge and experiences through collaboration and engaging learning tasks that build curiosity and self-direction,” said Associate Dean and Professor Francesca López, who will lead the research team along with Norma González and Lorenzo López of TUSD. López adds, “This funding will allow us to understand the impact of asset-based dialogic teaching on student outcomes, and to understand how we can transform teaching practices in ways that will elevate students’ opportunities. It is particularly well-suited for adolescents, given that they are in the midst of identity exploration and are developmentally capable of engaging in high-level analysis and debate.”