A New Paradigm for Improving Teaching and Learning? (Hattie, Visible Learning, 2009)

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I am still trying to get a grip on John Hattie’s two books, Visible Learning (2009) and Visible Learning for Teachers (2012). The sheer volume of studies reviewed, students involved and the meta-effect methodology are just three reasons this is so hard to digest. To say I am late to this work is a given but it also allows me to see what others have said about the work. And it does take time for the research community to evaluate claims from studies large and small. Three years ago, Peter DeWitt writing in EdWeek said this:

Educational publisher Corwin Press announced that they are bringing the work of New Zealand born educational researcher John Hattie to North America. Hattie is the Director of the Melbourne (University of Melbourne, Australia) Education Research Institute and is best known for his Visible Learning approach to student achievement (Corwin & Visible Learning).

In their press release, Corwin Press said,

“Hattie’s work is based on his meta-analysis of more than 1,000 research reviews comprising more than 50,000 individual studies–the largest meta-analysis ever conducted in the field of education. Hattie identified the major factors and practices that influenced student achievement, from family background to teacher training to specific instructional practices. He then went a step further and calculated how much of an effect each factor had on students.”

SchoolWorks Lab’s “EduCrate” Could Help Haiti

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Even before the earthquake, In 2009, Hope for Haiti built a five classroom school for the community of Grand Sable. The new Ecole du St. Espirit provides free education to 150 impoverished children. Although the new school has increased enrollment by nearly fivefold, over 100 children were not able to attend the school once it reached full capacity. In order to provide an education to these children an additional five classrooms will be added to the school accommodating 300 children in total. Support a child’s education by contributing to Hope for Haiti!. The SchoolWorks Lab invented EduCrate to help countries like Haiti. We are a mission-driven, caring organization whose primary concern is restoring education hope. We want to get educationally displaced children back into safe, comfortable, and appropriate learning environments – as quickly as possible, and we are ready to partner with organizations around the world to accomplish this goal.