October 6 ED News for K12 Researchers + Job Announcement

posted Oct 6, 2013, 8:46 AM by Joe o'reilly
K12 News for Ed Researchers -- http://bit.ly/18mG3K1 .

Gone fishing.  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2013/10/looking_for_federal_education_.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

What do supes really think about their boards? 80% say no comment. Here is what the rest say  (don’t tell the Board) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/02/06superintendents_ep.h33.html?tkn=WZUFKno%2FgIWM0D1tljZuQugz2s4rhvHrS1mB&cmp=clp-edweek

CCSSO releases criteria for high quality assessments:  http://www.ccsso.org/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/State_Chiefs_Release_Criteria_for_High-Quality_Assessment.html

RAND research on the likely influence of CCSS testing on instructional practice  http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR300/RR354/RAND_RR354.pdf

OECD launches Education GPS “the source for internationally comparable data on education policies and practices, opportunities and outcomes “  http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2013/10/education-gps-world-of-education-at.html

I have used bubble charts to plot changes in F&R lunch over several decades and people really get a feel for how much things have changed as they watch the circles move over decades from 15% to 80%. Create your own bubble chart and watch states move for the indicators you choose.  http://www.edsource.org/today/states-in-motion

DC principals not rated highly in new eval system, unlike new teacher eval systems in which 90%+ are effective  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/more-than-half-of-dc-public-school-principals-rated-below-effective-on-revised-evaluations/2013/09/29/1e855e48-262d-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html

Why fewer sped students in charters? In NYC they don’t enter in K as often and are reevaluated out http://www.crpe.org/special-education

You will never be better than your teachers  http://www.air.org/reports-products/index.cfm?fa=viewContent&content_id=2823

Comparing 4 math curricula over two years – and the winner isn’t… http://links.mkt3889.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NzA2ODI2NAS2&r=NTgxODAwODA1NTAS1&j=OTA5MDkzNjES1&mt=1&rt=0

Kentucky was the canary in the coalmine last year for the impact of new tests. Did test scores improve year 2?   http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2013/09/common-core_tests_in_kentucky_year_two_whats_the_trend.html

Using 2011 TIMSS and PERLS to identify practices in successful countries in 4th grade.  http://timss.bc.edu/timsspirls2011/international-database.html

New Fed Ag rules allow schoolwide F&R lunch eligibility. What is the unintended consequence for how we collect an individual poverty indicator?  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/02/06usda_ep.h33.html?tkn=MVXF4fi26mZ1kIG27wV7pmfya6TYoERgK%2Fom&cmp=clp-edweek&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mrss

US suspension data by state, district and school. Even by ethnicity, ELL and disability status … http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/online-data-resources/web-tool-suspension-data-by-state-or-school-district                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Book Reviews: The no-labels-for-kids movement (
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/10/the-no-label-movement.html?mbid=gnep&google_editors_picks=true), Fullan in the Stratosphere (http://gettingsmart.com/2012/09/the-skys-limit-16-must-read-quotes-michael-fullans-stratosphere/), Howard Gardiner on the App Generation (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/bookmarks/2013/09/the_app_generation_new_book_about_kids_these_days.html) and Gladwell’s latest book (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/the-underdogs-guru/309458/)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Announcements (below): Opening for a Director of Ed Leadership position at Appalachian State (a former DRE is there and is co-chairing the search), and a conference on instructional sensitivity.

Lagniappe: Why aren’t there more women in the hard sciences?   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/magazine/why-are-there-still-so-few-women-in-science.html?smid=tw-share

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

Joe O’Reilly





The First-Ever International Conference on Instructional Sensitivity

Call for Paper Presentations3  |  Conference Agenda 4  |  Background Materials5
Conference Registration Form (PDF)6

Appalachian State University

Reich College of Education


Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership


The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University has an opening for the Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The Directorship is a 12-month appointment, reporting to the Dean. Candidates should have an established record of scholarship, teaching and service sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to a tenure track position in one of the departments in the college. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Doctoral Program at Appalachian State University prepares leaders who work in a range of settings, including public education (K-12), higher education, and community/professional service fields. The program includes student cohorts located both on campus and off campus.



The successful candidate for this position will:


·         Hold (or have held) a leadership role in a significant educational agency or institution,

·         Have experience in directing research or policy studies in educational settings,

·         Provide a record of quality professional writing,

·         Have a solid background in, and understanding of, a wide variety of research methodologies (including qualitative, quantitative, theoretical, and mixed-methods),

·         Provide evidence of a commitment to social justice.


Additionally, experience in using contemporary computer-based educational delivery systems, demonstrated success in obtaining external funding, and familiarity with and commitment to principles of sustainability will be considered plusses.




The responsibilities of the Director include the continued development, implementation, and daily operations of the Doctoral Program; policy development; overseeing quality dissertation scholarship; recruitment of doctoral students; representation of the Program within and outside the Reich College of Education and Appalachian State University; and collaboration, where appropriate, with other departments, colleges, and programs. The director will be expected to assume leadership in setting program priorities and standards.


Additional information about the Doctoral Program can be found at the following link: http://www.ced.appstate.edu/departments/edl/index.aspx.

Appalachian State University is a comprehensive regional university with extensive graduate programs. The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is the only doctoral program at Appalachian.  Additional information about the university and surrounding area is located at:
http://www.appstate.edu/ and http://hubbard.appstate.edu/prospective-faculty . Human resource information is located at: http://www.hrs.appstate.edu/.


Applications should consist of a cover letter specifically addressing how the candidate’s experience meets the qualifications outlined above, a curriculum vitae, and names with contact information (telephone/email) for five professional references. Applications should be submitted preferably via email to: RCOEDOC@appstate.edu or mailed to Dr. Woodrow Trathen, Co-Chair of Doctoral Program Director Search Committee, Reich College of Education, ASU Box 32038, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608.  


The initial application review will begin November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will be available July 1, 2014. Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Dr. George Olson, Search Committee Co-Chair, olsongh@appstate.edu, 828-262-4963.


Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the university’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.