News by Year: 2012

Visualizing Regional Climate Change

December 26, 2012

Sandra Rutherford and colleagues work to improve climate literacy in the Great Lakes region.

Professional Speaking: CEW’s Careers Conference 2013 to Discuss Careers in Rapidly Changing World

December 20, 2012

Career development begins at birth. By kindergarten, kids are already imagining the job they want when they grow up. Once they’re adults, dreams of a great job and fulfilling career only get more intense.

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Robert Kelchen in Inside Higher Ed

December 18, 2012

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Robert Kelchen find that guaranteeing a Pell Grant to students who qualify for free school lunch in 8th grade could increase college retention rates (Inside Higher Ed, 18 Dec.).

Implementing a Workflow Visualization System

December 18, 2012

Educators need data systems that will better document the implementation history of complex cyberlearning interventions, including their contexts, rationale, iterations and outcomes.

Value-Added Measurement: What It Is and Is Not

December 15, 2012

Whether we’re measuring teacher skills or school performance, value-added evaluation continues to shape our definition of successful education.

Assessment Design and Presidential Palaces in Kazakhstan

December 13, 2012

David Williamson Shaffer visited Kazakhstan in September to deliver the keynote address at the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) 2012 conference.

Engineering Success

December 12, 2012

It’s not common to see a graduate student participating in a National Science Foundation review panel. Consider Golnaz Arastoopour an outlier.

Models of Success at Minority Serving Institutions

December 3, 2012

There are many models of success at minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Tribal colleges and universities

Three Goals for K-12 STEM Education

November 26, 2012

A report from the National Research Council establishes indicators for measuring improvements to the K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education system

How Reading Recovery Implementation Fails African American Students

November 20, 2012

Reading and literacy programs help many students catch up to their grade level.

The Role and Use of Examples in Learning to Prove

November 19, 2012

Mathematicians often spend lots of time considering and analyzing examples before they attempt to develop a formal proof of a conjecture.

VARC in JSonline

November 17, 2012

The Value-Added Research Center helps educators make good use of data through sophisticated work (JSonline, 17 Nov.).

Improving Students’ Postsecondary Outcomes

November 12, 2012

Sara Goldrick-Rab and colleagues are reviewing research evidence and developing products to support the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), primarily in the area of postsecondary education.

WIDA in Education Week

November 11, 2012

Writing in Education Week Leslie Maxwell notes the value of a new tool developed at WIDA: “The group is using a special tool developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin that can grade test items by their language complexity and give test designers a clear picture of how they can make the language more accessible for an ELL without diluting the content being tested.”

Code Talker: David Woods

November 10, 2012

David Woods can be found on the third floor of the Educational Sciences building, his face illuminated by six computer monitors arranged in a crescent around his desk. Behind him are five more monitors. Woods, hacking away on a field of keyboards, appears capable of docking the U.S.S. Enterprise into Starfleet Headquarters.