Action Research Communities (ARCs) are ways members create small but active groups of people who want to share resources, strategies, practices and ideas around a specific topic. They are established as the needs and interests of ARNA members evolve. At present we have a number of groups that have started, with some more active than others. We are also encouraging the formation of new groups.

To join a community or to create a new group, please contact co-chairs Aubrey Uresti ( and Suzy Thomas (

ARNA Cross ARC Collaboration: School-based Settings

Check out the new interactive ARC page by clicking the image below.

Action Research Communities... in action.

Community Development

Chair : Donna Benson (

Alessandra Piccoli (

Early Childhood Education

Co-Chair : Mina Kim, San Francisco State University (

Graduate Students

Chair: Rachel Sherman (

Health Equity

Current Members:
Chair: Nancy Murphy, Red Bank, New Jersey (

Luciana Cordeiro, Sao Pal, Brazil (
Kimberly S. Cox, San Antonio, Texas (
Nelly Gomez, Vancouver, British Columbia, (
Shari Laliberte, Vancouver, British Columbia, (
Abe Oudshoorn, London, Ontario, (
Michelle Vasquez, San Antonio, Texas (

» Get to know our members!

International ARC

Chair: Candace Kaye (

Musical Learning Community - Comunidad de Aprendizaje Musical

The Musical Learning Community (MLC) is a group of musicians, educators, artists, and researchers with a shared vision about creating and sharing, and about learning the arts and social action. We work together developing multiple programs across the continent and fostering relationships around the globe.
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La Comunidad de Aprendizaje Musical (CAM) está conformada por un grupo de músicos, educadores, artistas e investigadores que comparten una visión sobre el aprendizaje en las artes y la acción social, así como en el crear y en el compartir con otros. Trabajamos de manera colectiva desarrollando múltiples programas a lo largo y ancho del continente, así como cultivando relaciones alrededor del mundo.

Chair: E.J Pavy ()

Participatory Action Research & Popular Education

School Counseling

Chair: Scott Merkel (


School Leadership

Co-Chairs: Randy Ziegenfuss ( and Lynn Fuini-Hetten (, Salisbury Township School District

Supporting the Teaching of Action Research (STAR)

Our STAR community works collaboratively in a learning circle to provide resources, ideas, and strategies to support the teaching of action research.  We have developed a website with topics and resources, a STAR newsletter published 3x a year around teaching issues and strategies, and a weekly Action Research Teaching blog for more interaction among members around ideas, methods, and strategies for supporting the teaching of action research. We also hold bi-monthly Chats on topics of interest to action researchers open to all on the first Wednesday of every other month. These are recorded and available on the STAR-C website.

Join STAR! 

Facilitator: Margaret Riel, Pepperdine University (

Anne Margaret Moseley (
Baptiste Godrie (
Candace Kaye (
Carlos Chiu (
Christine Lechner (
Clotilde Lomeli Agruel (
Kathy Shafer (
Kimmie Tang (
Laura Irene Dino Morales (
Linda & Keith Purrington (
Linda Purrington (
Ron Morgan (
Sonia Rodriguez (
Teri Marcos (

Past Members
Donna Azodi
Jennifer Robins


Youth Participatory Action Research
Rachel Kulick (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth)
Milahd Makooi (JeffCo Public Schools, Arvada, CO)
Dave McPartlan (University of Cumbria)
Rachel Radina (Eastern Michigan University)
Kostis Sipitanos (University of Crete)
Dane Stickney, (ARC) Chair, (