News from WCER

Improving a Quality Educator Effectiveness System

May 9, 2011

CPRE researcher Steve Kimball and colleagues are helping the State’s Department of Public Instruction develop frameworks for teacher and principal evaluation.


Assessing Teaching Practice

May 5, 2011

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Reclaiming Assessment

February 15, 2011

Effective assessment practices are more likely to take place in schools with higher achievement.


Bolstering Achievement at Minority Serving Institutions

February 14, 2011

Clifton Conrad and colleague Marybeth Gasman study “models of success” that help students finish their degrees at minority-serving institutions.