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Western Pa. school districts welcome new Research Fellow to Remake Learning through EdTech Research

The Montour, Carlynton and Cornell School Districts in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon University LearnLab welcome Dr. Ashley Coudriet as its new Research Fellow. As a Research Fellow, Dr. Coudriet will work in close collaboration with regional group leaders of university researchers, school district leaders, teachers and technology partners.  
 
Dr. Coudriet’s position is funded by a one-year $40,000 Grable Foundation grant.  The grant will support a collaboration among Montour, Cornell, Carlynton and Carnegie Mellon University.
 
“We are excited to work with Dr. Coudriet to fill a much-needed gap in bridging research and classroom education,” said Dr. Christopher Stone, Director of Education at Montour School District.  
 
Previously, Dr. Coudriet was the Director of Student Achievement at the Riverview School District.  Dr. Coudriet was also a curriculum director, principal and assistant principal in the Apollo-Ridge School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Dr. Coudriet earned her BFA in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts, her MS in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University, and her Doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Coudriet has studied teacher integration practices in the art, music and physical education classrooms. She has specialized experience with arts-based educational research methods. Prior to her work in school leadership, Dr. Coudriet has experience teaching Visual Art at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the East Hartford Public Schools in East Hartford, Connecticut, as well as teaching in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
 
In August 2015, Carnegie Mellon University and Montour School District formalized a partnership called the CMU LearnLab at Montour. This on-campus research center, located in a classroom at Montour High School, was designed to advance K-12 educational research by providing the latest advances in the science of learning and edtech. The CMU LearnLab at Montour brings together administrators, K-12 classroom teachers and university researchers for research collaborations, introducing evidence-based education technologies into the classroom, and taking science and mathematics instruction to the next level.
 
In a previous CMU LearnLab study at the David E. Williams Middle School in the Montour School District, 5th graders piloted a software program called the Fraction Tutor. Students had to collaborate with a partner in order to learn the fraction skills involving operations (addition and subtraction); as well as comparing fractions, finding the least common denominator (LCD), and finding equivalent fractions.  Students' “conceptual fraction knowledge” scores (being able to identify other students’ errors) increased from a 30% to 98%.
 
“Our experience partnering with Montour School District has been amazing. We have introduced educational technologies that have been validated by cutting edge research to numerous classrooms, ranging from fifth grade math to high school chemistry.  Now with the expansion of the CMU LearnLab to Cornell and Carlynton, we will be able to further our reach to close the gap between EdTech research and classroom use,” said Dr. Ran Liu, Carnegie Mellon University.