Connected Online Communities of Practice (COCP) is a project of the U.S. Department of Education. It is conducted by the American Institutes of Research in collaboration with several partner organizations. Members of the project team are listed in the About section of this website.
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
AIR is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR’s overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For AIR, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives the organization. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, AIR conducts its work with strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship. The intellectual diversity its 1,500 employees enables AIR to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district, and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower K–12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning.
Forum One Communications
Forum One is a digital strategy and technology consulting firm focused on driving progress on issues of importance such as health, education, international development, social justice, and the environment. Forum One provides expertise in Internet strategy, online collaboration and community, user experience and design, social media, and innovative website development. Forum One’s solutions help influential organizations engage their target audiences, raise their online prominence, and increase their impact.
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
The mission of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is to advance education through innovation in teaching, learning, and leadership. The Friday Institute is a center for fostering collaborations, bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, business leaders, and other community members to address critical issues in education. The institute’s work focuses on helping schools become future-oriented organizations that prepare students for success in the global, knowledge-based, technology-driven, culturally diverse, rapidly changing world in which they live.
Grunwald Associates LLC
Grunwald Associates LLC is a research and consulting firm that focuses on the interplay between education, families, and new media. Public surveys led by Grunwald Associates have helped inform important national debates around education technology, and Grunwald custom research provides guidance to clients in meeting the needs of education institutions. Real-world experience is the foundation for all of the firm’s work. For more than 15 years, Grunwald team members have pioneered online community development and management techniques for a variety of organizations.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the national member association that represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state and territorial education agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. SETDA members work collectively and in public–private partnerships to ensure that meaningful technology innovations with broad potential for systemic improvements and cost savings in teaching, learning, and leadership are brought to scale.
The U.S. Department of Education and its partners extend thanks to members of a Technical Working Group, which has informed our work on this project and this report:
Assistant Executive Director of Government Partnerships and E‑learning
National Science Teachers Association
National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
Future Lab (UK)
Educational Technologist, Grades 3–5
The School, Columbia University
Cofounder and Executive Director of Education
Vice President of Interactive Learning and Engagement
Teach for America
Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center
Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor
Center for Urban School Improvement, University of Chicago
Professor and Dean
iSchool, University of Maryland
Apple and other leading companies
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Washington
Global thought leader, author and coauthor of seminal books on communities of practice