Congressional Briefing on Performance Assessment: An Opportunity to Advance Educational Equity and Transform Teaching and Learning

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I have been invited to this congressional briefing this Thursday and want to share the details with you! Congressional Briefing Remarks by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) 216 Hart Senate Building, Washington, … Continued

Student Centered Teaching and Learning

Student-Centered The paradigm for teaching and learning is slowly shifting from teacher-centered to student-centered. The old paradigm invented in the industrial revolution included teacher directed learning activities such as lecturing, discussion and testing. Of course, to all of us who … Continued

Positive Impact of Arts Integration

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Today’s post is really a shout out to the research team of Kylie Peppler, Christy Powell, Naomi Thompson and James Catterall. Mr. Catterall is at the Center for Research On Creativity at UCLA and the others are working at Indiana University’s School of Education. Their article (Peppler, K., Powell, C., Thompson, N., Catterall, J. (2014). Positive Impact of Arts Integration on Student Academic Achievement in English Language Arts. The Educational Forum, 78(4), 364-377. doi: 10. 1080/ 00131725. 2014.941124) has this to say about their arts research:

Amid the high-stakes testing environments in today’s schools, we argue that high quality arts integration positively influences student academic achievement. Drawing on a longitudinal study of an intensive multi-art integration model implemented in public elementary schools in the Los Angeles area, we found consistent and significant gains in student proficiency on standardized tests of English Language Arts when compared to matched comparison school sites with standalone arts programming (Peppler et. al., 2014, abstract).

Catterall has been leading the charge in researching the effects of the arts on student achievement. This line of research has suffered from methodological design flaws but this current research and my own work in Rochester, NY are helping to uncover these effects through more rigorous designs. Peppler et. al. (2014) found significant results with an arts-integration treatment in 3 treatment schools and 3 matched pair control schools. Average percentage gain for students in the whole school were 11%, while for English Language Learners it was 15%. Researchers cite possible impacts for practice, policy and research.

2014’s Most Popular AERA Research Articles

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Most-Read AERA Journal Articles of 2014
Research on value-added models, community colleges, instructional practices, MOOCs, and more appeared in the 10 most popular journal articles published by American Educational Research Association in 2014. Based on the number of times they were accessed online, the following were the most popular AERA research articles published in 2014.

(Full articles can be accessed at no cost through the links below. All files are PDF.)

NYSCA Common Ground; Transforming Your New Thinking

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For ten years, the SchoolWorks Lab worked with the New York State Council on the Arts. This state arts funding group was responsible for handing out millions of dollars and supporting arts activities around the empire state. In this Common Ground workshop outlined below, Amy Chase Gulden, Phil Alexander and I worked on translating the latest thinking of arts groups into researched stories that could be shared with others:

Transforming your New Thinking

A Common Ground Workshop

On Transforming ETSL Units

Into Public Discussions

In order to Sustain Your Partnership

March, 2010