Working to Make Diverse Perspectives in Research, Policy, and Technical Assistance the Norm

At a recent event hosted by the AIR Equity Initiative, a panel of experts discussed different strategies for systematically and meaningfully engaging diverse voices and perspectives in research, technical assistance, and policy development and implementation to address long-standing social inequities. This included examining internal structures and practices, partnering with a variety of stakeholders, and reimagining Read more about Working to Make Diverse Perspectives in Research, Policy, and Technical Assistance the Norm[…]

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Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review

Over the last decade, educators have become increasingly interested in continuous improvement (CI) as a strategy for reform. CI requires practitioners to engage in iterative cycles of inquiry by defining local problems of practice, testing potential interventions, studying the results, and improving upon those interventions. This method of improvement stands in contrast to approaches focused Read more about Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review[…]

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PROOF POINTS: Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay reviews new research that finds what teachers were saying throughout the pandemic – it is madness to teach students in the classroom and those joining by computer simultaneously. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Although educators are trying to keep schools open during the pandemic, they still have Read more about PROOF POINTS: Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds[…]

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Theater Counts: How Theater Education Transforms Students’ Lives

Theatre education can help young people develop a strong sense of self and identity, build empathy and learning among peers, and broaden the ways they make meaning of the world around them. Yet the last comprehensive arts education study, examining the state of art education during the 2008-09 school year, found that only 4% of Read more about Theater Counts: How Theater Education Transforms Students’ Lives[…]

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New Infographics to Help Better Understand Education Research

Three new REL West infographics are designed to support understanding of research studies so decisionmakers can make better use of evidence to inform practices and policies. Effect Size Basics: Understanding the Strength of a Program’s Impact – https://ies.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a9bab6ebb1d1e641170c090cf&id=311c2abf04&e=fa5cdec643 This infographic explains what effect size is, the difference between effect size and statistical significance, and how Read more about New Infographics to Help Better Understand Education Research[…]

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Teacher Professional Development Is in a Rut, but Better Research Can Help

For years, researchers have found teacher professional development programs to be largely ineffective. But a  new and growing body of research suggests that professional learning, done well, can both increase teacher morale and raise student outcomes. This means it is: Grounded in the content and curriculum of the teachers receiving it; Dependent on the expertise Read more about Teacher Professional Development Is in a Rut, but Better Research Can Help[…]

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Top Education Studies of 2021

Recently, Amber Northern reviewed the top six education studies of 2021 from the Education Gadfly Show. Excerpts of three of the studies appear below: The Evolution of Gender Gaps in Numeracy and Literacy between Childhood and Young Adulthood, by Francesca Borgonovi, Alvaro Choi, and Marco Paccagnella. Research indicates that gaps in numeracy and literacy skew Read more about Top Education Studies of 2021[…]

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What Research Tells Us about Gifted Education

Writing for The Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay reviews the research basis on gifted education. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Researchers have been studying ways to diversify the ranks of gifted-and-talented programs. David Card, an economist from the University of California, Berkeley, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in economics in October 2021, has found Read more about What Research Tells Us about Gifted Education[…]

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Can Four Equal Five? Assessing the Four-Day School Week

A four-day school week (4dsw) is becoming more common, especially in areas across the western United States. States with large rural areas are spearheading this change. For example, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota have more than 500 districts using a 4dsw. Champions of the shorter week contend that it saves Read more about Can Four Equal Five? Assessing the Four-Day School Week[…]

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How Schools Adapt during the Pandemic Can Reshape Adolescent Learning Experiences for Generations

As COVID-19 caused unimaginable disruptions to public education, some schools and districts doubled down on innovation and commitment to supporting high school student success. CRPE is working with a diverse group consisting of researchers from the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), SRI International, The Christensen Institute, and the Education Trust to map a Read more about How Schools Adapt during the Pandemic Can Reshape Adolescent Learning Experiences for Generations[…]

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Staffing Innovations from the Pandemic

Recently in The Hill, Thomas Toch and Lynn Olson, both of FutureEd, reflected on staffing innovations that are emerging as promising practices amid the pandemic. Excerpts from the piece appear below: One reason distance learning has been such a harrowing experience during the pandemic is that most schools merely shifted the traditional teaching model to Read more about Staffing Innovations from the Pandemic[…]

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The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

Edutopia reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and has highlighted 10 that they believe are the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests. Selected studies include the following: To teach vocabulary, let kids be thespians. Neuroscientists defend the value of teaching handwriting – again. The Read more about The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020[…]

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Six Steps to an Effective Learning Process

Science tells us that learning is not a byproduct of natural intelligence, but a process dependent on skills like focusing and centering your attention, planning and sticking to a program, and tenacity.  The precise process or method used for learning has been shown to consistently predict success. Depending on which learning process students used, scientists Read more about Six Steps to an Effective Learning Process[…]

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Research And Evidence To Help Guide Educators During The Pandemic

As the pandemic continues, the task of supporting students becomes ever more difficult. Education leaders face an unprecedented challenge as students attend school in various forms this fall. Based on a developing list of questions from policymakers and practitioners, the EdResearch for Recovery Project taps top researchers from across the country to develop evidence briefs Read more about Research And Evidence To Help Guide Educators During The Pandemic[…]

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Do students perceive their teachers and schools more positively when more of their teachers look like them?

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans has released a new study, based on a survey of almost 4,000 students, that finds Black students in New Orleans report more positive educational experiences, including less bullying and fairer discipline, in schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers. Ninety percent of children in New Orleans public Read more about Do students perceive their teachers and schools more positively when more of their teachers look like them?[…]

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The “Gifted Gap” Was Already Growing Before the Pandemic

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Chris Yalumaby reviews the “gifted gap” between low- and high-income students and the compounding effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Excerpts from the piece appear below: The Covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the inequities that have long existed in the K-12 education system. School closures due to the outbreak are particularly Read more about The “Gifted Gap” Was Already Growing Before the Pandemic[…]

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