What Matters in Mentoring
April 11, 2011
It has always been important for young people to have mentors. Some mentors guide us through our personal lives; others help prepare us for our careers.
Robert Meyer in the Journal Sentinell
April 7, 2011
VARC director Robert Meyer says the reason Milwaukee’s voucher schools have not done better is perhaps because their test results have not been disclosed previously and those performing at the bottom have not been pressured to improve (Journal Sentinel, 7 April).
Gary Cook in Education Week
April 6, 2011
WIDA’s Gary Cook discusses complexities involved when several states try to determine common definitions and criteria for English Language Learners (Education Week, 6 April).
Adam Gamoran in Education Week’s “Futures of School Reform” blog
April 5, 2011
Differentiation and Inequality in Cross-National Perspective: Adam Gamoran in Education Week’s “Futures of School Reform” blog.
Allan Odden in Education Week
April 1, 2011
Allan Odden writes that strategic management of human capital in education is about restructuring the entire human resource system (Education Week, 1 April)
April Conference to Address Achievement Gap
March 28, 2011
The Minority Student Achievement Association is coordinating a conference for Detroit-area educators to discuss building school-community relationships, strategies for parental engagement, and models for community partnerships.
Richard Halverson on Mind Shift
March 24, 2011
Richard Halverson discusses trends in the cyberlearning world and their relation to teacher control (Mind Shift, KQED, 24 March).
VARC Research Presented at This Week’s AEFP Conference
March 21, 2011
This week researchers from WCER’s Value-Added Research Center will present at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Douglas Harris in Education Week
March 15, 2011
Douglas Harris and colleagues urge the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to consider standardized-test scores, alongside other measures of student-learning growth, among the sources of evidence used to award teachers the advanced credential (Education Week, 15 March).
Teachers’ Changing Beliefs about Engineering Learning and Instruction
March 15, 2011
More K-12 educators are participating in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional development activities.
Teaching Assessment for Teacher Human Capital Management
March 14, 2011
A new Working Paper compares seven prominent systems for assessing teaching practice.
Increasing Community College Student Success
March 7, 2011
Educators often attribute poor completion rates in community colleges to numerous ‘deficiencies’ that students bring with them.
Applying Insights from Faculty Teaching Practices
February 28, 2011
Policymakers and educators engaged in pedagogical reform in math and science seek to better understand teaching practices in colleges and universities.
Educational Games for Personalized Medicine
February 21, 2011
Personalized medicine, particularly in the area of diabetes education, benefit from games and simulations.
Sara Goldrick-Rab in Inside Higher Ed
February 17, 2011
Sara Goldrick-Rab finds that high school graduates of lower socioeconomic status are more likely to delay college and to experience longer gaps, and are less likely to graduate (Inside Higher Ed, 17 Feb.)