September 25, 2014
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, reviews attempts to implement in public schools the lessons that Fryer learned about what makes effective charter schools (Dobbie & Fryer, 2011). The study concluded that the interventions did not produce significant improvement in student performance.
Willingham’s article makes several very critical observations. The first is the importance of disseminating results of studies that fail to produce the projected effects. This is fundamental to a vibrant evidence-based model of education: understanding what works and, equally important, what does not work. Unfortunately, educators and universities do not place the same value on negative results as on positive results. Willingham makes this point when he asks the critical questions, what went wrong and why did the study fail to arrive at the hypothesized results? Too often, educators reject a practice out of hand as a consequence of a particular study when the important lesson might lie elsewhere, perhaps in a poorly designed practice or a failure to implement the practice as designed.
July 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 Read More…
March 21, 2014
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 plan to fully Read More…
February 5, 2014
On January 8, 2014, The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a school discipline package to assist educators in developing a course of action to deal with the increasing need to successfully handle discipline and safety issues in schools. The report includes Read More…
December 12, 2013
A report released this December by The National Council on Teacher Quality looks at the impact teacher preparation programs are having training teachers in effective behavior management strategies and techniques. Read More…
December 4, 2013
The Center on Innovations in Learning has published a new book, Handbook on Innovations in Learning edited by Marilyn Murphy, Sam Redding, and Janet Read More…
December 4, 2013
Balfire has produced a web site to help parents and educators make informed decisions when considering the purchase of educational apps. The site strives to be a non-biased and objective source of evidence based information that offers reviews of educational apps that can be searched by subject (Math, Science, English/language arts) as well as by the target age of the app developers (0-3 through 19 up). This can be a useful tool for both the parent and the educator who are confronted with a confusing array of apps purporting to be effective uses of technology in teaching. The reviews examine each program against meeting criteria for effective instructional design.
- Feedback for Correct Answers
- Error Feedback
- Adapting Difficulty
- Error Remediation
- Mastery-Based Instruction
- Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction
- Clearly-Stated Learning Objective
September 28, 2012
This randomized matched controlled study compares the impact of charter schools to public school middle school and high school student’s achievement, high school graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment rates. In general the Read More…
August 22, 2012
If you have a few moments and want to watch stimulating discussions on topics in education, visit a web site created for Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. The site offers seven video presentations: Brain-based Education: Fad or Breakthrough, Learning Styles Don’t Exist, Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading, Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value-added Measures, Multi-tasking, and Teaching as an Art or a Science?
Dr. Willingham’s early work focused on the basis of the brain on learning and memory. His current research is centered on the application of cognitive psychology to K-12 education.
May 8, 2012
Morningside Academy is an empirical evidence driven exemplar organization providing services to students and schools throughout the United States and Canada. This article describes instruction, practice, and application that are core to the Morningside approach to education. The paper reviews the importance the program places on the use of coaching to prepare teachers to effectively deliver the programs and the piece provides evidence to substantiate the claims for the effectiveness of the methods outlined in the article.