PEER-Rochester (Summer 2024) Syllabus

Welcome to PEER!

Learning outcomes

Participants in the field school will…

  • … develop and practice fundamental underlying skills and competencies in doing research, including “yes, and”, generative writing, collaboration skills, and other topics as related to specific workshops
  • … develop and make significant progress in planning their own research projects
  • … increase their self-efficacy in doing education research
  • … build a community for supporting their education research


Workshop materials, including slides, workbooks, and virtual kickoff link are shared with participants directly. If you are a registered participant and need access, contact the lead facilitator, Mary Bridget Kustusch.

Schedule TBD

To build a supportive community, participants must actively engage during all sessions in the field school. Partial attendance is not permitted.


Before the virtual kickoff, you must

  • Read
  • Survey

Your participant packet, shared with each participant individually, contains detailed information about what homework is due and when.

The virtual kickoff will be held over zoom. Participants have received a calendar link with zoom information; this information is also in your participant packet.

Logistics: Getting here, staying here, eating here.

The Rochester airport (code: ROC) is about 20 minutes from RIT. There is uber/lyft available as well as taxis. If you are bringing or renting a car, you should coordinate with Matt Sayre before you arrive to arrange for a parking pass to the RIT campus. You can tell your phone to direct you to “405 Global Way”; don’t just drive/uber/lyft to “RIT” because that will take you to the wrong part of campus.

RIT housing will be in Global Village, dorm E (also known as Global Village 405). (campus map). These are suites of single rooms with shared bathrooms, living areas, and micro-kitchens in each suite. Each room comes with a packet of bedding & towel. You should bring your own toiletries.

If you park on campus, you should park in “General parking” (NOT RESERVED PARKING). The Global village Lot is directly behind the dorms; Lot S is close to Global Village and Gosnell Hall where we will be meeting; Lot F is also close to Gosnell. Campus map: GOS/008.

Specific session rooms: TBD. Campus map: GOS/008.

Breakfast and lunch is provided every day of the field school. Breakfast is typically fruit, granola, yogurt, and pastries; coffee and tea are available. The joint grocery list is in the participant materials. Lunch is available via RIT dining card; there are a number of different fast-casual options near Global Village.

There is an optional pre-dinner at Dogtown on Wednesday at 6:30pm.

RIT has both eduroam (if your institution participates) and a guest network. Select “RIT guest” and follow the prompts.

If you are experiencing travel panic on the day of travel, you can text Matt Sayre (785-313-5038) or Eleanor Sayre (785-313-5039).

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