It's natural for parents to react with horror when told their child cheated in school, but new research reveals the line between right and wrong in the classroom is often hazy for young children.
After winning the 2013 Tennessee Junior Academy of Sciences competition that took place at Belmont University in April, Baylor School junior Darby Schumacher won second place in the Environmental Science category last weekend at the 51 Her research paper, "A Filter Today Keeps Pollutants Away: A Study of Nanofiber Based Stormwater Filtration," will ... (more)
Education researchers play an invaluable role in formulating policy, from preschool to grad school, Secretary Arne Duncan told the attendees of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in San Francisco this week where he laid out a vision for where assessment is going, and engaged researchers on the role they play in improving education. “You are the experts.
Turnaround strategies for low-performing schools are getting a lot of attention from states and the federal government—which are spending billions of dollars on those efforts. But do these strategies work?
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Center for Public Education (CPE) finds that while there have been some successes there’s not much evidence yet that many of these strategies will work on a larger scale.
The report, “Which Way Up? What research says about school turnaround Read more here
I'm going to talk at some length today about some of the current controversies over standardized testing and the purposes of assessment. But I want to preface those remarks by saying how much I value compelling education research. The truth is that today educators and policymakers still have a large unmet need for relevant research.
NOAA’s Acting Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, will hold a briefing for constituents on NOAA’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request that was recently submitted to Congress. The briefing will take place on April 19th from 1-3 PM EDT. Constituents may attend in person or by calling in, but all must register to do so. If interested, please go to this link to register. If you elect to participate via teleconference, the call-in information will be sent to you just before or on April 19.
The Administration’s Read more here
Guest: Not a Political Tool Here is a comment from Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University: Student learning assessment is an essential dimension of teaching, not something separate and apart from teaching. Teachers can only know whether their work is effective through assessing what students have learned in each lesson, class and course. Modern pedagogy emphasizes the engagement of students in active learning --- discussions, roleplays, simulations, small group Read more here
Such policies also have the unintended result of widening the achievement gap between students in impoverished communities and those who attend more affluent schools, the researchers also found.
New York's high school students could soon face a new challenge before they earn their diplomas: a 1,250-word research paper.
A recent symposium brought together researchers in the digital humanities with scientists from the data-heavy trenches of computational biology.
President Obama has declared April to be Financial Literacy Month. The goal is to "ensure all Americans have the skills to manage their fiscal resources effectively and avoid deceptive or predatory practices," he said in his proclamation.
This week, that National Assessment of Educational Progress will release new results on the economic literacy of 12th graders. The study was last conducted in 2006, before the financial collapse, and it showed while most students (79 percent) have a "basic" understanding Read more here
Investing In Our Future A high quality early education is crucial to ensuring that every child has a foundation upon which to grow and succeed. Unfortunately, too many children do not have access to pre-K programs that can have a positive and profound impact on their social, emotional, and cognitive development. Data shows that by far the most affective way to close the achievement gap is to prevent it from arising in the first place. The President’s comprehensive early education plan aims Read more here
Public education is under attack. Local school boards are under attack. Local governance is under attack.
That was the blunt message delivered by Diane Ravitch at the closing General Session of NSBA’s annual conference in San Diego.
A nationally recognized education researcher and author, Ravitch has become a fierce critic of many of the education reform models that, in the past decade, have been advocated by misguided state and federal policymakers, as well by wealthy ideologues. And she shared Read more here
<p><strong>Academy fellows to provide free, high quality, online learning experiences to educators around the globe. </strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Today an unprecedented global collaboration designed to accelerate STEMx* education was announced by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). The 2013 HP Catalyst Summit in São Paulo, attended by more than 120 educators and policy leaders from Read more here
It's about time for federal investment Today, too many children arrive at kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed in school; they start behind, making it even harder to catch up. Research shows that high-quality preschool can help ensure our children most in need are school ready and set them on the path for academic success. That’s why CAP supports the President’s bold commitment to early childhood education. The President’s budget proposes a $75 billion investment Read more here
Every year, 14 to 16 percent of superintendencies become vacant. About half (51 percent) of superintendents who responded to a 2010 survey by the American Association of School Administrators said they expected to still be a superintendent in 2015, suggesting a high probability of substantial turnover in the next few years.
That’s why school boards need to be prepared to conduct superintendent searches, said two school officials from New York State with experience in searches in their Monday presentation Read more here
Leaders who want to improve struggling schools are missing the boat if they start focusing on issues such as instruction, technology and textbooks, according to a Kentucky superintendent who is researching the impact of “workplace incivility” on public education.
In his third stint leading a district, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua E. Powell told a Sunday afternoon clinic that if he gets a shot at a fourth superintendency, “I think I’d try to turnaround culture before I’d Read more here
When S. Craig Watkins, a professor of radio-television-film at the University of Texas at Austin, and his partners went into an Austin high school to help the students make an interactive iPad book in three weeks, they wanted to make changes based on the research they had done on how students learn best with technology.
Watkins told audience in a Sunday session at NSBA’s annual conference about how he and other researchers got the students, many from disadvantaged, non-English-speaking families, Read more here
Board members and superintendents typically lament their process and outcomes for superintendent evaluation. At their Sunday session, “A Deeper Look at Superintendent Evaluation,” Phil Gore, director of leadership development services for Washington State School Directors Association and Gary Cohn, superintendent of Washington’s Everett School District, gave participants a standards- and research-based framework to practice and improve their understanding.
Attendees examined their own predispositions. Read more here
Is it coincidence that only 17 percent of women hold positions of leadership and authority in key sectors of American society—and that percentage also holds true among female characters depicted in today’s family oriented movies and television shows?
And what does it mean when female characters in animated children’s films often are as scantily clad as women in R-rated movies?
Those were the kind of questions raised when Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis spoke about gender stereotypes Read more here
Access the complete guide, "Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members”
A new report shows how school boards are creating discipline policies to avoid excessive out-of-school suspensions, which disproportionately affect minority students, that disrupt student learning and engagement.
The report, “Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members,” was released today during the National School Boards Association’s Read more here
Faculty from Minnesota State University-Mankato and Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) leadership presented findings of a research study focused on identifying the characteristics and the work of the state’s public school board members at a Saturday session.
Katie Klanderud, director of board development at MSBA, and Candace Raskin and Barbara Wilson of Minnesota State University used the findings to better understand the intersection of politics, policy, and professional practice issues Read more here
Education data, used well, can help school board members and everyone else who cares about public schools make good decisions — ones based not on the loudest voices or the latest theories, but on the facts about what students need and how they are currently doing.
That was the focus of “Data Driven Decision-Making,” a Saturday session presented by two Illinois Association of School Board leaders that was created with the idea that data matters.
Presenters Sandra Kwasa, director of board Read more here
Unfortunately, board work can go awry. But many methods are available to prevent and resolve boardroom upheaval.
The Saturday session on “Resolving Dysfunction in the Board Room” discussed real-world scenarios involving problems among board members, staff and the community. The session offered practical ways to build understanding and agreement.
The presenter, Steve Lamb, is a board development specialist for the Oregon School Boards Association. He described one of the fundamental issues facing Read more here
Anne M. Bryne of New York’s Nanuet Union Free School District was named as president-elect of NSBA during Friday’s Delegate Assembly. John Tuttle of Kellyville, Okla., was elected secretary-treasurer.
Under NSBA’s constitution, current President-Elect David A. Pickler of Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools will become board president during Monday’s General Session. C. Ed Massey, the current president, becomes past president.
The Delegate Assembly also elected the following as regional directors: Read more here
Welcome to NSBA’s 73nd conference, held this year in San Diego. More than 5,000 school board leaders and administrators from across the country are attending the three-day meeting. Attendees will learn about education issues from a national perspective, gain insights into how federal legislation and court decisions will affect public schools, and bring home strategies to raise student achievement and save money.
A new feature this year: We’ve launched the new NSBA Annual Conference app that will Read more here
For publishing their own research, faculty members still seek out journals with the highest prestige, regardless of format, a survey finds.
A growing number of institutions are granting raises, bonuses, even tenure for nontraditional research, local service, and innovative teaching.
Three members of the National School Boards Association’s board of directors saw the well-regarded education system in Finland on a recent academic trip. And while the two countries have major differences, there are some important lessons school boards can take away from the Scandanavian schools, said NSBA President C. Ed Massey.
Massey joined a group of researchers and educators from Northern Kentucky University for a guided tour of Finnish schools, where they saw classrooms from early education Read more here
School Library Week promotes reading, expanded offerings // PHOTO GALLERYThe News HeraldThis information expansion is coming into focus as the Florida Department of Education observes School Library Month in April, with research indicating “school library programs make a measurable difference in student academic achievement.” Fowler said ... Read more here
The front-page story in The New York Times grabbed my attention. Citing the work of education researchers, the article said that the nation's 238 most selective colleges are failing to attract talented low-income students.
A new study has documented how one photo traveled nearly 220 miles over Alabama and Tennessee, said John Knox, an associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia who led the research.
Double majors tend to gain creative thinking skills, two researchers say, and they do so largely on their own, despite obstacles put in their way by academe.
Kanisha Williams-Jones, Director of Leadership & Governance Services at the National School Boards Association (NSBA), was a guest today on Education Talk Radio providing a preview of NSBA’s 2013 Annual Conference. Thousands of school board members, administrators, and other educators will be coming to San Diego to take part in the April 13-15 event.
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The conference will feature more than 200 sessions Read more here
The Center for Open Science, which has attracted a wave of foundation grants, aims to "rejigger" the incentives that drive researchers.
The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has named its “20 to Watch” honors for 2012-2013. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations.
“The ’20 to Watch’ honorees offer school board members and other leaders real-world stories that Read more here
The organization, building on a Nobel laureate's vision, convenes interdisciplinary thinkers to attack key societal problems.
I am one step ahead of my 10-year-old son on my iPhone skills, but that's only because I know my iTunes password and he doesn't. He can text faster on the cheap cell phone I bought him than he can type on the cheap laptop I bought him. How am I going to keep up when he starts using those tools to keep up with his friends? And how will I handle the kids who think he's weird?
Kids pick up technological skills faster than emotional skills, which can only escalate the damage they can do to one another Read more here
The Obama administration says federally financed research should be made freely available within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
A coalition of more than 130 Massachusetts professors and researchers from some 20 schools - including Harvard, Tufts, Boston and Brandeis universities - signed a new public statement that urges officials to stop overusing high-stakes standardized tests to assess students, teachers and schools.
A group of more than 130 Massachusetts professors and researchers has sent a letter to state education officials urging them to stop relying on standardized test scores in judging school quality, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement.
She played quirky in “The Accidental Tourist” and presidential in “Commander in Chief.” Harried housewife-on-the-run in “Thelma & Louise,” she celebrated a different sort of rule-breaker in “A League of Their Own.”
Along the way, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis became something of a modern day Renaissance women, qualifying for Mensa and taking up archery (and nearly making the U.S. Olympic team) in her early 40s.
Indeed, there didn’t Read more here
The Law School Admission Council released research data that shows aspiring lawyers enjoy their family wealth more, are more self-confident, and a more likely to have a parent who is a lawyer, according to The National Law Journal.
Are more school hours worth the cost?
It depends, but so far research hasn’t always justified the expense, says Patte Barth, director of the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education (CPE), in a blog for the Huffington Post.
Adding hours to a school day seems logical, and often is popular with parents and policymakers. But it’s costly and research on the practice has been mixed, she writes. Studies so far indicate that the success of extended time depends on how the Read more here
There isn't a day that goes by that someone in the world of education isn't issuing a report, data point or other form of research to make a point that conflicts with another point that also has a report, data point or other form of research to back it up.
Legislation by U.S. Congressman Miller Would Help Ensure Students are College and Career Ready Through Digital Learning Washington, DC (February 5, 2013) – A coalition of national education leadership organizations today hailed the introduction of the Transforming Education Through Technology Act. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative George Miller (CA), Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee. Organizations representing K-12 educators in rural, Read more here
CREDO brings facts to closing debate The most important event related to school closings last week was not Journey for Justice, it was the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ (CREDO) study of “Charter School Growth and Replication.” Among the study’s findings: “It is possible to organize a [new charter] school to be excellent on Day One. … The attributes of a school – urban, high poverty or high minority – have no relation to the performance Read more here
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Franklin D. Roosevelt Years of research confirms what educators, including myself, have been saying for a long time: during the summer vacation, students lose too much of what they learned during the school year.
Learning doesn’t stop when the last bell rings at school. When students bring work home, it is a great time for parents to play a role in their child’s education. Homework has many benefits, such as providing extra time for research or practice, helping students develop study skills and teaching time management skills.
Attention state legislators: Your universities need your help. (And for that matter, your K-12 public school districts could stand some attention.) Here's the deal. They can do all sorts of good things for you--produce graduates, keep tuition rates stable, provide the bridges from high school to college to jobs--but it's awfully hard for them to focus on any of that when they're wondering what their funding will be next month. We know you're struggling to balance your budgets, and it's not a simple Read more here