Assessing Teaching Practice

May 5, 2011

Developing a teacher competency model doesn’t require reinventing the wheel.

Sara Goldrick-Rab in the Madison Capital Times

May 2, 2011

Sara Goldrick-Rab comments on how the Chancellor’s proposed New Badger Partnership may affect access and affordability for low- and middle-income students (Madison Capital Times, 2 May).

VARC in Education Week

April 27, 2011

WCER’s Value Added Research Center has expanded its technical assistance since the 1990s. It recently won a contract to help Los Angeles carry out a pilot program using value-added data (Education Week, 27 April, subscription required for full story).

Analyzing Conversations in a Multi-Party Epistemic Game

April 25, 2011

Multi-party chat is a standard feature of popular online games.

Professional Development for Teachers Using SEC Surveys

April 18, 2011

The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) are a set of data collection tools used with K-12 teachers of mathematics, science and English language arts to portray current instructional practices and content being taught in classrooms.

Rob Meyer on KPCC Radio

April 12, 2011

Rob Meyer participates in a radio interview about the Value-Added Research Center’s work in the Los Angeles Unified School District (KPCC Radio, 12 April).

Recent Papers from ITP Scholars

April 11, 2011

WCER’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences is preparing a new generation of education science scholars to provide solid evidence of “what works” in education.

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.