Cloud 7: Research Impact on School Development


Anje Ros

Cloud Coordinator

Linda Sontag

Cloud Coordinator

Mission statement

This cloud aims to build a network of researchers and practitioners who are studying the impact of practice-based research on school development and the use of knowledge in schools for educational improvements. More specifically, studies and projects on conditions for a culture of inquiry and teachers’ inquiry habit of mind are included, as well as on conditions for knowledge utilization in schools and science. For methodological issues and dilemmas of practice-based research we refer to cloud 11 ‘Practice-based research methodology’.

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Save the date - April 1, 2020 

Due to the recent COVID 19 developments, the symposium is cancelled on April 1 and will be postponed. Cloud 7 & 12 are working together with the speakers to organise the symposium as planned, but on a different date after summer. We will keep you updated! 

Joined Cloud 7 & 12 event "Leadership for developing a collaborative and inquisitive learning culture in schools"

The EAPRIL Clouds ‘Leadership in Education’ and ‘Research Impact on School Development’ are happy to invite you to their Cloud symposium, April 1 2020, in Almere (the Netherlands) (13.00-16.15. followed by drinks).

In order to deal with the complex and wicked problems schools are confronted with, it is important for schools to focus on collaboration and inquiry, and a learning environment for all that enhances teachers to work on their continuous and collective professional development. Collaboratively teachers are encouraged to realise educational improvements in a way that optimally facilitates students and their own professionals learning processes.

School leaders can contribute to the development of schools to be a great place to work and learn, but they do not always know how to enhance their impact. In this symposium we hope to inspire school leaders to reflect on leadership practices contributing to a collaborative and inquisitive learning culture as a solid base for continuous curriculum and school improvement.

In this symposium practitioners and researchers will join forces. Researchers will present research on various topics concerning leading and encouraging such a learning culture in schools. School leaders from primary and secondary education will share their stories from practice.  We are excited that the keynote will be given by an internationally famous and important researcher in the field of school development and leadership, Prof Dr. Karen Seashore Louis. She will shine her light on leadership practices contributing to a rich learning environment for all.

Please note that the Keynote is organised in English, followed by various seminars in Dutch.

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Previous events Cloud 7

April 4, 2019: Leading a Research Culture (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
In cooperation with Cloud 12, Cloud 7 welcomed 120 participants during an interactive seminar on 'Leading a Research Culture'. In addition to an interesting keynote speech by Dr. Inge Andersen,various sessions and workshops were organised. Please read some reflections about this event via our EAPRIL Blog.

May 2018: 1-day mini-conference "Professionalisation in Practice-based Research" (Ghent, Belgium) (in co-organisation with Cloud 2)

April 6, 2017: 1 day mini-conference "Learning & Innovating in Education" (Fontys, the Netherlands) (in co-organisation with Cloud 2)

April 22, 2016: 1-day mini-conference "Utilisation of research in Schools" (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)


Cloud 7 & 12 event: seminar on ‘Leading a Research Culture’ (in cooperation with Penta Nova)

What works for schools when teachers and researchers collaborate?