Now that I had read what past researchers had done, I could develop a proposal. When I went to meet in front of the Director of Operations and two out of the three Assistant Directors, I was a little nervous. I had given presentations before, but normally those had involved a volunteer audience—people who came to hear me speak. Now, I was trying to convince people that they should let me lead a large scale research project.
I developed a powerpoint aptly named the Teacher Retention Research Proposal to visually illustrate my thoughts, without providing paragraph-long texts. I had enough knowledge about the subject and what previous research had done to be able to talk for the allotted time.
They liked it!
Now the paper work part–getting Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.