Say NO to Silos in Your STEM Program

MiddleWeb

She includes questions to pose about your STEM program. Building a STEM Program STEM By Design anne jolly ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act integrated STEM STEM program evaluationSTEM courses don't belong in silos. Anne Jolly recommends bringing science, technology, engineering and math together in class to help students understand how the disciplines work together in the real world.

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Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning – How to Get Better

The CoolCatTeacher

His research focuses on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program.

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Empowering Community Perspectives in Evaluation Research

Digital Promise

What is equitable evaluation? As funders, government agencies, and service providers become increasingly focused on program evaluation results to make evidence-based decisions, evaluators and other researchers seek to answer this question. In the last 20 years, there has been an increased focus on equitable evaluation , or evaluation that takes into account culture and context. Why does equitable evaluation matter? .

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge

The CoolCatTeacher

His research focuses on on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. Advice From a Student Assessment Researcher About What is Fair and Unfair in Today's Grading Systems From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Using Data Visualizations to Improve Strategic Decision Making

District Administration

Making complex data more accessible and informative In the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Research & Program Evaluation Office provides rigorous and high-quality research and analysis to support district priorities. By using data dashboards to create accessible, easy-to-understand visualizations of a wide variety of district information, the office has helped administrators understand what's working, what's not working and why, improving strategic decision making

OPINION: Black-white disparities in education correlate with teachers’ implicit biases, but it will take more than education reform to solve the issue

The Hechinger Report

Research in psychology suggests that, though some programs demonstrate promise in changing individuals’ unconscious cognition, the impacts of these programs are small, do not necessarily persist over time and seldomly lead to shifts in behaviors.

Why You Need More Than "One Good Study" To Evaluate EdTech

MIND Research Institute

Highly credible edtech evaluation lists give top marks for just one RCT (randomized controlled trial). Meanwhile, any other program with studies not meeting the RCT bar of rigor is by comparison downgraded—no matter how many other high quality studies they may have, under how many different conditions, in what timeframe, or even with repeated positive results. The biggest problem with relying solely on fully experimental RCT studies in evaluating edtech programs is their rarity.

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How Can We Support Kids in Learning More Than One Language?

Digital Promise

I have worked with teachers and conducted many classroom observations and program evaluations. How the Program Works. TWI programs are bilingual programs designed to build high levels of bilingual proficiency. Some programs teach 50% of the time in English and 50% of the time in a partner language (eg, Spanish, Korean, Chinese). A few years ago, a colleague and I researched the experiences of the graduating class of a longstanding TWI program.

Profiles in Success: Evaluation Links ST Math to Improved Growth Mindset

MIND Research Institute

Having seen the impact at other schools, Gaines knew that the program would fit right in with Robeson's culture. “I’m To formally assess the impact of ST Math, Gaines performed a program evaluation, analyzing NWEA scores, ST Math data and even interviewing teachers. Read the whole story to find out more about Robeson's evaluation of ST Math: Download Robeson's story.

Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support

EdTech Magazine

Evaluate Teachers with PD in Mind. When it comes time to evaluate teachers, administrators should look for ways to improve instruction , rather than judge. The purpose of evaluating teachers is to improve instruction in ways that impact students. Rafael Inoa is a Kean University lecturer with a doctorate in educational research and program evaluation. Tech Engages Today’s Students, But Teachers Need Support. meghan.bogardu…. Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:13.

Leadership Coaching and How Students and Teachers Benefit

Digital Promise

Recognizing that transformation, especially digital transformation, is complex and sometimes “messy,” Digital Promise is launching a second cohort of our Leadership Coaching program to support K-12 leaders working towards transforming learning in their districts through technology. The Digital Promise Leadership Coaching program is led by Dr. Cindy Elsberry, a retired superintendent with 12 years of experience, and a former member of the League.

National Network Launches to Connect Students in Crisis

eSchool News

” Institutional capacity building and program evaluation will also be key components of the emergency coaching initiative. An independent evaluation of the overall program will be conducted by Cicero Group.

CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program. Schools must have robust evaluation if they want to continue to find success in technology integration, said Steven Baule, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and former superintendent for Muncie (Ind.) Proper technology evaluation is a crucial element to digital innovation , said Baule, speaking at Consortium for School Networking’s 2019 annual conference.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. the language that describes the purpose, structure, and requirements of the program); official guidance (i.e., the more detailed program rules, as determined by the U.S. Enhancing Education Through Technology Program.

Toward a Conceptual Framework for a Quality, Learning-Focused 1to1 Initiative

More Verbs

I believe, instead, the problem is that we have not nurtured sufficient buy-in for the program, so we need a different set of strategies if leaders are to successfully overcome this challenge. Managing Change: Knowing how to define success and if “it” is working (smart use of data for planning, formative feedback, and program evaluation). Here is an emerging (draft) conceptual framework.

Documenting and Reflecting on Learning

User Generated Education

The final presentations gave me, as the educator, a type of program evaluation where I got the opportunity to learn the most significant classroom projects from my learners’ perspectives. I am a strong proponent of encouraging learners of all ages to engage in reflective practice. Learners do not just receive information only at the time it is given; they absorb information in many different ways, often after the fact, through reflection.

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K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Director of Research and Program Evaluation. And the programs don’t come with the kind of data our teachers want for the competency-based learning approach we’re taking. We believe our middle school students are ready for more complex projects, including using simulations which require students to program robots to solve challenges. “We first piloted an adaptive math program with elementary school students.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask

Edsurge

Many school-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are widely used, for example. When these programs are well-implemented, they have academic, social, and emotional benefits. Recognizing this, organizations are investing in initiatives and partnerships designed to bring school-based SEL programs to scale. In addition, many schools that adopt an SEL assessment have also adopted an SEL program.

Invest in the Workforce of the Future with Data-Driven Collaboration

Digital Promise

By investing in the (Governor’s Workforce Board) programs, we’re building the workforce of the future. Through the utilization of an expansive data sharing platform, Rhode Island hopes to conduct robust analyses to: Improve workforce development and adult education programs. Link Data across Systems to Improve Program Decisions. Ultimately, these data and analyses will inform program and investment decisions.

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A Science Resource for Principals

A Principal's Reflections

It is our hope that this book becomes the go to resource for principals looking to establish and maintain effective science programs that focus on doing science as opposed to just knowing. The book will guide school leaders through the specific aspects and components of an effective science program: inquiry, curricula, program evaluation, inquiry-based learning, assessment, and professional development.

With Budget Cuts Looming, Here’s How Districts Will Decide What to Keep or Cut

Edsurge

Add to that the costs of designing and implementing new remote learning programs, on top of childcare, transportation, and everything else that will inevitably increase the cost of doing business. Either this year or next, almost every school board will have to pare down its expenses and decide what programs to keep and what to cancel. Evidence-based Investments There is a long-standing interest in spending academic intervention funds on programs with a record of success.

Don’t Ignore Teachers in Evaluation Studies of Education Technology

Edsurge

At the same time, my experience doing research in an urban district suggests that education technology evaluations need to go beyond this focus if they are to be most useful. The Basic Issue: Personalizing vs. Plugging-In A basic issue in any program evaluation is to define the program. Is the program an opportunity for students to sit in front of a computer screen and use software, or is the program a new model of teaching empowered by digital technology?

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Assessment and Mobile Learning Questions

Education with Technology

D) an online program evaluates learning. H) the students self-evaluate and reflect on how to improve. Technology can play a critical role in the learning process. Here are some questions about assessment and mobile learning to think about as you plan for your mobile learning. Who/ What will assess the students’ mobile learning? A) the same mobile app that the student worked on. B) a different mobile app. C) the teacher corrects a paper and pencil quiz.

#AskExcelinEd: How are states advancing next generation learning?

ExcelinEd

Excel in Ed and Foresight Law + Policy’s new report, State Progress Toward Next Generation Learning: A National Landscape , closely examines state innovation and pilot programs supporting next generation learning, which includes personalized learning and mastery-based education. The report uses data and information gathered during a review of these programs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are or will soon be administering a next generation learning program.

Online program expands to combat early learning disruptions caused by coronavirus closures

The Hechinger Report

A Mississippi mom encourages her daughter as she completes a session on the kindergarten readiness program, Waterford Upstart. A Utah-based nonprofit is expanding its online kindergarten-readiness program to families across Mississippi and eight other states in an effort to fill the gap. Nita Norphlet-Thompson, executive director of the Mississippi Head Start Association, on the use of online kindergarten-readiness programs.

Bring Science to Life: The Impact of Video Game Simulations

edWeb.net

Before founding Immersed Games, she was a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in School Psychology, with a specialization in program evaluation and a minor in research and evaluation methodology, and expertise in data-based decision making. program (Telecommunications, Education, and Multimedia). WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. The situation was bleak: There were just a few plants. The mule deer were hungry. There were no pollinators.

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Edtech Data Improves Purchases and Student Performance

edWeb.net

Administrators selecting educational technology programs for their schools or districts face big decisions due to the time and money at stake, so having accurate and relevant information about the programs’ impact on student performance elsewhere should be a critical part of the decision-making process. Evaluating the Evaluation Process. This helps to determine how much of an impact the program had and how much improvement can be expected as a result of its purchase.

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The Actual Dollars That Will Shape the New K-12 Investment Ecosystem

Edsurge

This is the kind of work that Schenectady City Schools in New York has been advancing with their return on investment program evaluation model. The district began the program when budgets were declining and they had to decide what to cut and what to keep. When the economy and their budgets recovered, they kept the model to help them invest only in programs that worked for their students.

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Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. limited data collection, limited program evaluation?, McClary’s plan to provide digital equity to the DC community through its schools was created in his Georgetown University Executive Master’s in Leadership program, which he enrolled in last year. By Charles Sosnik.

This Tech Encourages Career Planning When It Matters Most—Before Graduation

Edsurge

Today, Lee is a Post Secondary Programs Coordinator for Valley Center USD 262. She runs the Valley Center High School internship program and helps students gain valuable work experience and career knowledge before they head off to college and careers. Lee shares how Xello—combined with the district’s internship program, advisory classes and certifications—encourages Valley Center USD students to take a deep dive into their career options long before they leave high school.

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap

The Hechinger Report

Armed with program evaluation data, Baltimore City Public Schools has expanded the academy from one to eight sites over the last four years. Having fun is important for programs like this. Libraries, city parks and nonprofits like the YMCA are other common sites of summer learning programs. The post A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Creating a Leadership Program for Your School

edWeb.net

Yet, many schools and districts still have minimal programs—typically a student council—and tend to concentrate on the oldest grades. As with any school- or district-wide initiative, implementing a leadership program requires careful planning and communication. If the program stays the way it’s always been with a few cosmetic changes, then it’s not truly serving the entire community. Use empathy as part of your program design.

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

The Hechinger Report

Students on the project-based learning teams miss school less frequently, aren’t tardy as often and don’t make as many trips to the nurse’s office for vague symptoms like a headache or a stomachache , according to a program evaluation conducted by a master’s student at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. But as the second year of the program starts to wind down, Amity Baldwin, the seventh-grade humanities teacher, sees a lot of positives.

What If You Held Your Math Program Accountable for Long-Lasting Impact?

MIND Research Institute

Educational programs are not being held accountable for long-term impact. This makes it especially challenging for education leaders to make wise choices, and it inhibits innovation and continuous improvement by program developers. Let’s take a look at three aspects of the problem, which feed into each other: Once an innovative new program is chosen, it is often not used broadly across an entire school, nor at scale across a whole district.

The dark side of education research: widespread bias

The Hechinger Report

And that may be leaving teachers and school administrators in the dark about the full story of classroom programs and interventions they are considering buying. In order to tap into federal school improvement funds, for example, low-achieving schools with disadvantaged children are required to select programs that have been rigorously tested and show positive effects. The study, “ Do Developer-Commissioned Evaluations Inflate Effect Sizes?

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