Categories for Effective Instruction

Can Traditional Public Schools Replicate Successful Charter Models

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.

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2014/07/24/can_traditional_public_schools_replicate_successful_charter_models_a_different_take_1064.html

http://www.danielwillingham.com/daniel-willingham-science-and-education-blog

 


 

2013 Wing Research Grant Results

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…

 


 

Voter Perceptions of the Common Core Standards

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…

 


 

Us Department Of Education Releases School Discipline Guidelines

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…

 


 

Teacher Preparation and Behavior Management

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…

 


 

Balefire Reviews Educational Apps

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.

Criteria include:

  • Feedback for Correct Answers
  • Error Feedback
  • Adapting Difficulty
  • Error Remediation
  • Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction
  • Clearly-Stated Learning Objective

http://www.balefirelabs.com/apps/

 


 

Food for Thought Talks on Education Practices

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.

http://www.danielwillingham.com/videos.html

 


 

Morningside Academy’s 32 Years of Excellence

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.

http://www.baojournal.com/BAT%20Journal/BAT%2013-1/BAT-13-1-access-page.html