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.