The Palo Alto school district’s nascent but growing Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program, the brainchild of Superintendent Max McGee, has been honored by Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab, which works at the intersection of technology, social behavior and global peace. The district now has its own peer review journal sponsored by the Silicon Valley EdTech corporation, InventXR. The AAR program connects students with mentors to craft and execute on a research proposal, from science, technology, engineering and mathematics to humanities topics. This great for all schools.

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Max McGee, Palo Alto Online

“In a far-reaching collaboration involving Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab and other campus and private partners, area high school students have launched the first international, peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated exclusively to student research at the high school level. 
A2I3R’s swift launch – it took less than a month – is remarkable considering the number of partners involved in the process.” 

Milenko Martinovich, Stanford University
Deputy Director for Social Science Communications, 
Stanford News Service, Office of University Communications

“This is a great experience for teens to have. It captures the real research teens are doing in the world and making it public to contribute to the collective knowledge.”

Margarita Quihuis, Co-Director, Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab

“Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab presented the Palo Alto Unified School District with an award recognizing the district’s efforts to launch a new academic journal at the 2017 Celebratory Showcase this week. A2I3R, which stands for Advanced Authentic Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovative Research, is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic research journal that includes papers, posters and personal stories behind high school students’ projects. The journal is a collaboration by the district, and Stanford’s lab, Graduate School of Education and Center for Design Research, and the Public Knowledge Project. “

San Jose Mercury News

Freedom Cheteni of the Peace Innovation Lab hailed AAR as an “innovative and empowering approach” to advancing student voices and instilling values of collaboration, discovery and agency. AAR’s own international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic research journal (dubbed Journal A2I3R) “will increase the ability for high school students and staff at PAUSD to drive discovery in areas vital to our world and especially, our intellectual life,” Cheteni said.

Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab

“The publishing of research is an important outlet for ideas. This generation of high school graduates live in a world of incredible access to research. This was a very interesting opportunity to not just teach them, but get them involved.” 

Dr. John Willinsky, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

“Stanford faculty and staff treated the high school students as if they had PhDs and could conduct high-level research. That confidence galvanized the students. The neuroplasticity is plastic enough that they think, ‘if people at Stanford think I can do this, I must be able to do this,’” Nelson said. “And the results have been really astounding.”

Mark Nelson, Founder and Co-Director, Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab

“InventXR’s journal platform gives high school students the opportunity to be published in peer review journals. In addition to giving more meaning to their work it prepares them either for higher education or a career – where undoubtedly they’ll need to be able to structure research clearly. Introducing collaboration is really exciting and we look forward to seeing all schools getting the benefit of having journals in their schools.”

Ruth Pickering, Yewno Co-Founder and Chief BD and Strategy Officer