Webinar: From Research to Practice: Bridging the Academic and Publishing Worlds

Thursday March 24, 2016 from 11-12 pm Pacific / 2-3 pm Eastern

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In this session, David Dockterman will share a model for evidence-based innovation and development in education drawn from his decades of work bridging the worlds of academic research and commercial publishing. What does it mean to build a culture in the educational for-profit world that truly values research throughout the development process? How do you get academics to recognize the compromises needed to scale up research within the contextual constraints of today’s schools? Maintaining the integrity of, often incomplete, research while meeting the demands of the education marketplace is challenging. David will invite discussion of a model that leverages research to spark innovation while increasing the likelihood that the innovation is also effective.


Dr. David Dockterman operates at the intersection of research and practice. In 1982 he helped found Tom Snyder Productions, an early pioneer in educational technology, while getting his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 30 plus years, he has continued to balance lives in the academic and publishing worlds, serving now as Chief Architect, Learning Sciences for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In both roles Dr. Dockterman supports the development of research-driven innovative practices to tackle challenging educational problems. At Tom Snyder, and later at Scholastic and HMH, David designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including: Decisions, Decisions; Science Court (which was also a highly-acclaimed TV show on ABC Saturday morning); and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, Dr. Dockterman served as a key advisor for the development of MATH180 and READ 180 Universal. His long-time Harvard course, Innovation by Design, fosters an iterative, agile approach to innovation across a range of educational issues and attracts students from around the world.

Productive failure and a growth mindset fuel innovation and learning, and Dr. Dockterman has become adept at infusing the underlying research from behavioral psychology and cognitive science to foster those dispositions among students, teachers, and institutional leaders. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education and an Editorial Board Member for the journal Science of Learning.

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Suggested Citation

Dockterman, D. (2016, March 24). From Research to Practice: Bridging the Academic and Publishing Worlds [Webinar]. In CIRCL Webinar Series. Retrieved from http://circlcenter.org/events/dockterman-research-to-practice-webinar/