ED News for K12 Researchers: August 25th Edition

posted Aug 25, 2013, 8:50 AM by Joe o'reilly

The latest version of K12 News for Ed Researchers is out http://paper.li/RE_Directors/1363871353. This blast is also posted as a message at www.redirectors.org.

The district website of the week is Rocky View Schools in Alberta. The district allows teachers to make proposals in Excellence in Learning and Innovative Technology and requires that they reflect on what they did and their findings. It is not research studies per se, but it does send staff a message of what is expected and shows the district’s commitment to having teachers and the district examine results. Rocky View also posts summaries of outside research conducted within the district, something I might implement in my district. http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/professional-learning/research 

Three surveys, same topic, varying results, proving words matter. AP/NORC   http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/parents-attitudes-on-the-quality-of-education-in-the-united-states.aspx     PDK/Gallup   http://pdkintl.org/programs-resources/poll/   Education Next Survey of Americans on Ed issues  http://educationnext.org/the-2013-education-next-survey/

Links to coverage and analysis  http://www.edmediacommons.org/forum/topics/new-polls-show-americans-frustrated-with-state-of-education  And an EdWeek article describing differences in methods and results http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2013/08/polls_reach_different_conclusi.html

USED proposes eliminating alt academic standards and assessments  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/08/23/2013-20665/title-i-improving-the-academic-achievement-of-the-disadvantaged?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Post-high school transition strategies for SWDs  http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20134011/

Can twitter boost literacy? Of more than 140 characters?  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=213500923&sc=tw&cc=share

AERA just released a new report on preventing bullying  http://www.aera.net/EducationResearch/SpecialResearchProjectsProducts/BullyingPrevention/tabid/14868/Default.aspx

Have you ever been to Austin for the SXSW  (South by Southwest) festival? Great music. Now there is a SXSW data fest. But they have an interesting take on choosing sessions – it Is based on staff recommendations, a panel of experts’ recommendations and about a third based on people voting. In one of the proposed sessions.  http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/19712  Jeff Wayman promises you “stunning insight and flying monkeys if you vote for it. Other sessions are also highlighted below the fold.

Lagniappe: Unrelated link of the week – are you a natural or a 10,000 hour wonder?   http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2013/08/psychology-ten-thousand-hour-rule-complexity.html?mbid=social_retweet

As always, if you have a link or study to share, send it my way.

Joe O’Reilly