Submitting a Project Proposal

ACS International Schools is unique amongst most schools in tht we expect our education professoionals to self-direct their professional growth.  To help them do this, we provide a range of resources to help our practitioners identify and achieve their professional growth goals.  One of these resources is the opportunity to lead a CIM project.

  • A CIM project is a one-year action research project.
  • A CIM project investigates an authentic, data-informed question about how to improve teaching or learning, arising from your practice as an educator.
  • A CIM project generates practical knowledge – ideas for improving the work we do every day to help our students be the best they can be.
  • A CIM project involves a team made up of a project leader, team members from one or more ACS campuses, and CIM staff members.
  • A CIM project is a professional growth and leadership opportunity open to all staff members.
  • and. . . CIM projects advance our school’s strategic goal of improving learner outcomes and contribute to our vision.

If you think you might be interested in leading a CIM project all you need to do is make an appointment to discuss your idea with us.

We will guide you through our planning framework for collaborative inquiry, and help you develop a problem tree, an objective tree, and a theory of action, which provide the foundation for your project proposal.



We will guide you through the process, step-by-step, and ensure that your proposal provides the information the Heads of School will need to select next year’s projects.

Everyone is welcome to submit a CIM project proposal, including individuals currently leading or participating in a CIM project.

The Centre for Inspiring Minds looks forward to working with you.

To download the Practitioner-led Action Research Project Proposal Form click here.

To download the Practitioner-led Action Research Project Proposal Rubric, which sets out the criteria against which the proposal will be evaluated by CIM and the Four-Campus Head of School Committee, click here.

To learn more about defining a research question go here

To learn more about collaborative inquire go here