Visible Learning's Jayne-Anne Young spoke at a free, public lecture as part of the Houston A+ Challenge Speaker Series on Public Education on how she works alongside John Hattie to ensure that schools around the globe focus their limited resources and energy not just on what works - but what works best. Watch video here.
Learning can seem a mystifying process at times, but there is much educators can learn from research. Aubrey Francisco from Digital Promise summarizes ten key research findings that every educator should know about the way learning minds work.
Texas Research partnership tackles the crucial challenge of supporting and improving the work of new teachers in the field. Known as “improvement science,” it uses a large pool of frequently collected data to manage issues and the ways they are dealt with in schools. Helping streamline the handling day-to-day issues by addressing problems in the context of a larger system, this new targeted research cycle allows schools the necessary freedom to keep looking at the bigger picture. Read more here.
In the United States, the laws on permanent teacher employment are under revision in a number of states. While proponents of teacher tenure laws argue that they are necessary to protect good teachers, Matthew M. Chingos contends that relaxing regulations would have minimal impact on their retention. Read more here.
Is what we teach really what kids need to learn? Students talked to around the world feel almost unanimously that they are being held back by the current curriculum — it is a big part of why so many are alienated from education. Read the ideas from Mark Prensky from the Global Future Education Foundation And Institute.
Have the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its larger counterpart, the National Education Association (NEA), really turned their backs on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the massive multistate effort to improve student achievement, in concrete, substantive ways—and if so, how much does it matter? Read more here.
The first comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s school system in 25 years has just been completed on behalf of the Minister’s Panel on Education. The panel was asked to identify “how to better adapt the education system to ensure success of all students in the changing environment.” Led by The Honourable Myra A.
Six characteristics: being visionary, believing that schools are for learning, valuing human resources, communicating and listening effectively, being proactive, and taking risks, are common to successful leaders of educational change. This article also discusses that Leaders of educational change illustrate this with their vision and belief that the purpose of schools is students' learning. Read more here from the SEDL research group.