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The Fordham Institute Offers Education Talking Points for the 2016 Election

8/18/2015 )  The Fordham Institute Offers Education Talking Points for the 2016 Election The Fordham Institute is offering six talking points for the 2016 Presidential campaign to guide candidates in formulating positions on education policy. The discussion points include Accountability Works, Pathways

Comparing State Proficiency Standards to NAEP

8/7/2015 )  Comparing State Proficiency Standards to NAEP How do state academic standards measure up to the America's National Assessment of Education Standards? A July 9th report released by the Institute of Educational Services compares how states are doing establishing comparable standards

2014-15 Wing Institute Research Grant Study Results

7/1/2015 )  2014 15 Wing Institute Research Grant Study Results This report summarizes the result of a one year research grant funded by the WING Institute to study the mechanisms of effective coaching within the context of school wide positive behavior interventions

2015-16 Wing Institute Research Grant Awarded

7/1/2015 )  2015 16 Wing Institute Research Grant Awarded Shanna Hirsch of the University of Virginia has been presented the 2015 16 research grant for her proposed study titled, Professional development in practice improving novice teachers’ use of evidence based classroom management

New Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins to Promote Evidence in Education

6/4/2015 )  New Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins to Promote Evidence in Education The Johns Hopkins University School of Education has announced the creation of a new policy center. The new center is headed by David Steiner, the former dean at

Why Personal Competencies Matter

6/4/2015 )  Why Personal Competencies Matter In an issue brief Sam Redding of the Center on Innovations and Learning examines the issue of personal competencies in building student success. Redding offers educators four resources to assist students in mastering these critical

Overlooked Until Now: Principal Supervision

5/19/2015 )  High Cost of Principal Turnover This op ed piece from Will Miller of the Wallace Foundation, examines an often overlooked component of school leadership, school principal supervision. Those who have worked in schools for any length of time recognize the

Raising Kids Who Read

5/18/2015 )  Raising Kids Who Read Daniel Willingham has published a new book on the topic of reading. In his past writing and short videos, he presents educators and the public clear, concise, and research based answers to many of the critical

School Closures and Student Achievement

5/4/2015 )  School Closures and Student Achievement Abstract body A new study from the Fordham Institute takes on the issue of school closures (Carlson and Lavertu, 2015). Of all the school turnaround strategies, school closures, is the most challenging and controversial choice

Can A Low-Tech, Generic Teaching Practice Make A Difference

5/1/2015 )  Can A Low Tech, Generic Teaching Practice Make A Difference? Improving Educational Outcomes in America Can A Low Tech, Generic Teaching Practice Make A Difference? William L. Heward and Charles L. Wood (2015). It is generally agreed that what teachers

Graduate Research 2015 announcement

4/15/2015 )  Wing Institute announces graduate student grant competition for 2015 The Wing Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 Wing Institute Graduate Student Research grant competition. The grant award is a maximum of $5000. The deadline for submission is June 12,

Graduate Research Grant 2015 RFP

4/15/2015 )  Graduate Research Funding for 2013 The Wing Institute is launching a new initiative to provide funding for graduate students who are interested in doing research in the area of evidence based education.The purpose of the initiative is to  promote new

Conceptual knowledge of fraction arithmetic

4/3/2015 )  Conceptual knowledge of fraction arithmetic The education culture wars often direct us toward one philosophical camp or another for solutions to the problems we encounter educating children. One such instance is the topic of how to best teach children mathematics.

Classroom observation research for use in teaching mathematics

4/2/2015 )  Classroom observation research for use in teaching mathematics WestEd published a research synthesis titled Math in Common Classroom Observations Documenting Shifts in Instruction for District wide Improvement. The report was created for "Math in Common" a five year initiative of

Study Suggests that Family Income Influences Brain Development

4/2/2015 )  Study Suggests that Family Income Influences Brain Development In a large scale study of over 1,000 children between 3 and 20 years old found family income was correlated with size of the brain which has been linked to the development

The Nurture Effect proposes solutions to social problems

2/27/2015 )  The Nurture Effect proposes solutions to social problems. Tony Biglan has published a new book, The Nurture Effect How the science of Human Behavior Can Improve our Lives and Our World (New Harbinger) that makes a compelling argument that we

The Importance of Performance Feedback in EdApps

2/27/2015 )  The Importance of Performance Feedback in EdApps Balefire, the web site that reviews educational apps, has a concise summary of the review criteria they employ to evaluate the impact of applications and why they are included in their evaluation process.

smartphones don't make us dumb

2/27/2015 )  Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb An op ed piece by Daniel Willingham offers an interesting look at a bit of “conventional wisdom” that states, human beings are losing the ability to focus and concentrate due to constant stimulation from our

AERAs Ten Most Read Studies for 2014

2/26/2015 )  AERA's Ten Most Read Studies for 2014 Each year the American Educational Research Association (AERA) publishes its 10 most read articles. Seven of the studies hold special interest for the design of education systems. This year's

US Postsecondary Faculty in 2015

2/17/2015 )  U.S. Postsecondary Faculty in 2015 Diversity In People, Goals And Methods, But Focused On Students A new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation looked at higher education faculty's knowledge of and experience using innovative techniques and technologies in

Balfire offers free reviews of educational Apps

1/30/2015 )  Balefire offers free reviews of educational Apps Balefire, a web site that reviews educational apps is transitioning to a free model so that interested teachers and parents can access all reviews free of charge. The free model will launch the

Final Seeds

1/15/2015 )  Seeds, Bricks, and Sand Stages of School Reform Readiness An opinion piece by Robert Slavin, Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, examines issues of school turnaround. In this article Slavin offers a

Performance Architecture: Improving the Performance of Organizations

12/19/2014 )  Performance Architecture Improving the Performance of Organizations In this paper, Addison makes the argument that performance architecture is a framework that allows someone to assess all features of an organization so that the parts of the system can be aligned

How not to be ignorant about the world

12/18/2014 )  How not to be ignorant about the world Hans Rosling, a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and public speaker, has a particular talent for presenting data in a way that effectively tells a story that links critical issues in economic

Changing the culture of teacher preparation

12/18/2014 )  From “learning to learn” to “training to teach” Changing the culture of teacher preparation This paper considers issues confronted by National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) upon publishing their second edition of Teacher Prep Review, a comprehensive evaluation of programs

High Cost of Principal Turnover

12/16/2014 )  High Cost of Principal Turnover The School Leaders Network has released a new report exploring the costs of principal turnover. The report provides cost estimates for training a principal as well as providing data about how long a principal remains

Better All the Time: High Performance Coaching for Educators

12/15/2014 )  Better All the Time High Performance Coaching for Educators In a recent article in The New Yorker, James Surowiecki makes the argument that high performance coaching for athletes and classical musicians has become the standard for these professions and posits

Examining Test Based Accountability

12/11/2014 )  Examining Test Based Accountability This opinion piece by Robert Slavin questions the effectiveness of how test based accountability is currently been employed in the United States. Slavin doesn't question the use of high stakes testing as a valuable tool for

New ESEA waiver guidance

12/1/2014 )  New ESEA waiver guidance An article titled, New ESEA waiver guidance will sink schools where all boats are rising, questions the wisdom of new NCLB waiver guidelines. The author, Michael Petrilli, challenges the recent changes that would make it more

How valid are evaluations of teacher preparation programs

11/25/2014 )  How valid are evaluations of teacher preparation programs? This commentary addresses concerns regarding the application of value added modeling commonly used to evaluate teachers as well as implications for the use of these metrics to assess graduates of preparation programs.

Changes in principal preparation programs afoot

11/18/2014 )  Changes in principal preparation programs afoot Two recent opinion pieces, that appeared on the Thomas Fordham Institute web site, offer a look at issues regarding principal preparation. John Chubb, the president of the National Association of Independent Schools, examined the

The story of delayed gratification and the Marshmallow Test

11/10/2014 )  The story of delayed gratification and the "Marshmallow Test" The story of delayed gratification and its impact on socially important outcomes is told by the psychologist Walter Mischel in his newly published book, The Marshmallow Test Mastering Self control. For

How Important Are School Superintendents

10/29/2014 )  How Important are School Superintendents A report by the Brown Center on Education Policy released in September 2014 finds that school superintendents are around for only a short time and have very little impact when it comes to improving student

Enrollment in Teacher Preparation Programs Declining

10/23/2014 )  Enrollment in Teacher Preparation Programs Declining  Since 2008, there has been a decrease in enrollment in teacher preparation programs especially in large states like California, Texas, and New York resulting in anticipated teacher shortages. The shortages are most likely to

West Ed Web Site Offers Educators Tools and Resources for Common Core

10/2/2014 )  West Ed Web Site Offers Educators Tools and Resources for Common Core West Ed has a new wed site to support educators cope with the demand for providing effective instruction under the guidelines of Common Core. The site offers free

Can Traditional Public Schools Replicate Successful Charter Models

9/25/2014 )  Can Traditional Public Schools Replicate Successful Charter Models? A Different Take This op ed piece by Daniel Willingham examines recent research conducted by Roland Fryer. The study, Injecting Charter School Best Practices into Traditional Public Schools Evidence from Field Experiments,

The critical role replication plays in research

9/5/2014 )  The critical role replication plays in research A recently published study on replication of research in education, “Facts Are More Important Than Novelty Replication in the Education Sciences” finds that as few as 0.13 percentage of journal studies are were

Savage Controversies August 2014

8/7/2014 )  Savage Controversies August 2014 The Evidence based Practices Special Interest Group (SIG) August 2014 newsletter, “Savage Controversies” has arrived. The SIG, a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, promotes activities to address the large scale implementation

2013 Wing Research Grant Results

7/8/2014 )  The Impact of Behavior Skill Training and Coaching on Implementation of Practices  The results of last year's Wing Institute's 2013 research grant are now available on our web site. Mary Sawyer submitted the selected study that examines the "Effects of

Spurious Correlations

5/28/2014 )  Spurious Correlations An important rule of research is correlation does not equal causation. Just because two events track each other over time does not mean that one caused the other. An example of this is ice cream sales and murder

Graduate Research Grant 2014 RFP

5/8/2014 )  Graduate Research Funding for 2013 The Wing Institute is launching a new initiative to provide funding for graduate students who are interested in doing research in the area of evidence based education.The purpose of the initiative is to  promote new

Proceedings from the Wing Institute's 6th Annual Summit on Performance Feedback

3/25/2014 )  Proceedings from the Wing Institute's 6th Annual Summit on Performance Feedback This book is compiled from the proceedings of the sixth summit titled Performance Feedback Using Data to Improve Educator Performance. The 2011 summit topic was selected to help answer

Voter Perceptions of the Common Core Standards

3/21/2014 )  Voter Perceptions of the Common Core Standards Forty six states and Washington DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) first conceived of by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Thirty five states

The SAT is to be redesigned for 2016

3/10/2014 )  The SAT is to be redesigned for 2016 The College Board announced a major revision of the SAT college admission test. The redesigned SAT will no longer require an essay, place less emphasis on certain vocabulary, as well as return

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