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Educational Research

The Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 Board of Education recognizes that systematic study of the educational process and related variables can contribute significantly to the development and implementation of high-quality programs. The Board therefore encourages the conduct of well-designed educational research projects.

While recognizing the value of educational research, the Board also has a responsibility to protect students, parents, and staff from harassment; invasion of privacy; physical, psychological, social, and educational injury; and substantial distraction from teaching and learning. Consequently, the Board requires that all research proposals be carefully screened by the Superintendent or designee and the CUSD 95 Institutional Review Board to ensure that the proposed research has potential value for the district and is consistent with district philosophies, legal obligations, and standards of good scholarship.
The purposes of these procedures are to govern and to coordinate research conducted in Lake Zurich CUSD 95, to protect staff and students’ safety and time, and to ensure that the research is of high quality and will improve educational practices.

Whom to contact

Informal inquiries to schools concerning tentative interest in participating in a research study are acceptable, but formal approval must be obtained through the CUSD 95 Curriculum and Instruction district office. Call or email the Curriculum and Instruction Department at 847-540-4954 or terry.mootz@lz95.org .

How is research defined?

Research is any data collection, including surveys, from or about Lake Zurich Public Schools students, staff, parents, or school communities. While the district supports and engages in a variety of research projects, these procedures apply to research projects, which are initiated by a non-CUSD 95 researcher or agency or are projects initiated by a CUSD 95 employee for purposes beyond his or her job role, such as the completion of a dissertation, thesis, or course requirements.

Helpful Guides to Successful Research in CUSD 95

Regulations and Procedures for Research: This document outlines the procedure for obtaining permission to conduct research. Each proposal to conduct research will be examined carefully on the basis of whether it contributes significant new and useful information to the educational program of Community Unit School District 95 and public education as a whole.
Research Proposal Format and Sample Documents: Research proposals (requests to conduct research within Lake Zurich CUSD 95) must be created and submitted in the format provided on this document. Proposals must be submitted electronically by midnight on the deadline dates in the table. Please note that there are no reviews of research proposals in the months of July or August.


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