Starting in February 2019, researchers actively engage in the program.
- February 2019: Researchers review the main action research website and submit a short biographical introduction and photo to the program coordinator to post on the site.
- March – June 2019: Researchers meet their team advisors and participate in guided online discussions with fellow researchers. Researchers familiarize themselves with the various technologies used for these interactions. Discussions focus on selected readings on both the action research process and the research topic. Researchers must complete short, online activities based on these readings, which guide the development of their final research proposal. The recommended text for the program is Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators (5th Ed) by Craig A. Mertler.
- June 24 – 29, 2019, Selwyn House School, Montréal, Québec, Canada
* Researchers attend a two-day orientation and training program. Training starts at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 24, and concludes at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 26.
* Researchers attend the 2019 IBSC Annual Conference June 26 – 29.
- July/August 2019 – May 2020: Supported online through the stages of the project by a team advisor and fellow researchers, researchers undertake an action research project in their school. They actively participate in regular online discussions during the project period and meet the deadlines for completing the stages of research and presentation of findings. Researchers must submit a detailed research plan by mid-August 2019, so please factor this deadline into any holiday plans after the IBSC Annual Conference.
- May 2020: Researchers submit their action research findings as a written report or alternate final product approved by the program coordinator. The written report runs 3,000 – 5,000 words. The researcher must ensure the report is formally edited and correctly referenced, using the APA guidelines. IBSC reserves the right to further edit the final report in preparation for publishing on its website. We encourage participants to publish or present their projects elsewhere with appropriate acknowledgment of IBSC as the sponsoring organization.
- May – June 2020: Researchers produce a short multimedia presentation and a poster of their action research project for display and presentation at the 2020 IBSC Annual Conference. The presentation, poster, and report publish on the IBSC website as a resource for educators.
- July 7, 2020: Researchers meet with their team advisor and fellow researchers the day before the 2020 IBSC Annual Conference opens at Viaró School in Barcelona, Spain, to finalize and share their presentations ahead of the conference.
- July 8 – 11, 2020: Researchers attend the 2020 IBSC Annual Conference at Viaró School in Barcelona, Spain, and present their research findings in workshop sessions.