A new teacher-training and professional development programme, open exclusively to researchers who have completed a doctorate, looks to create a new wave of great classroom teachers.
Researchers in Schools (RIS) aims to ‘increase and disseminate subject expertise, promote research and champion university access within schools by training researchers to become highly-effective classroom teachers and future subject leaders in the education sector’, while allowing trainees to maintain an academic profile by providing time and financial support for research projects, writing, publication and attending conferences.
Its novel approach on Twitter using the hashtag #thesisforkids challenges PhD students to translate their doctorate titles into language children can understand, using the line: ‘If you can explain it to a school kid, you’re an expert’. Here are some of the best entries so far:
1. How do Planarians Know When to Use Their Superpowers?