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Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education: Recommendations for PolicymakersCollective Policy Statement from seven university-based research centers
This report, produced by seven university-based research centers that co-investigated the educational experiences of boys and men of color, makes 15 recommendations for preK-12 and postsecondary solutions to addressing lagging academic performance in minority groups.
Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing
The New York Times
This article from The New York Times examines the results of a recent study out of U.C.L.A. that examined how pretesting improves retention of information. Using multiple-choice tests that asked questions both related and unrelated to the material being taught, students took a pretest at the beginning of a course, and were supplied with the correct answers promptly after taking the test. On the cumulative final exam, students averaged a 10% higher score on questions related to the material taught in the class.
Principals Aren’t Tapping Teacher-Effectiveness Data, Says StudyEducation WeekThis article examines the results of a study out of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, which identified barriers to the use of teacher-effectiveness data in human resources decisions: access to the data; lack of availability of value-added measures during decision-making process; lack of understanding of the statistical models used in evaluation systems; and absence of training in how to use the data.
In the Field
McREL’s new teacher evaluation system approved for use in New York
McREL International is pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department recently approved McREL’s CUES Teacher Evaluation system for use by schools and districts in New York. The CUES system and McREL’s Principal Evaluation system, which was previously approved for use, now appear on the state’s Teacher and Principal Practice Rubrics approved list, which can be found here.
NAESP and McREL join forces to augment principal mentoring and development
To help elementary and middle school principals be successful 21st century leaders, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and McREL International are introducing elements of McREL’s Balanced Leadership® program to NAESP’s nationally certified principal mentors to create an advanced principal mentor training program.
In the Advanced Mentor Training in Balanced Leadership, NAESP’s nationally certified principal mentors will deepen their understanding of McREL’s Balanced Leadership research applied to practice. They will use this training to provide targeted support for the development and growth of leadership skills to their protégés.
Advanced Mentor Training in Balanced Leadership will coincide with NAESP’s national Leadership Immersion Institute, January 22-24, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Click here for more information and registration for this event.
Read our press release here.
McREL blog: Student success is influenced by district leadership
In a recent blog post, CEO and President Tim Waters weighs in on a recent report from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, which looked at whether superintendents affect student achievement within their districts. Their findings run counter to our own research on the same subject, but there were fundamental differences in methodology between the two studies, as Dr. Waters explains. “We discovered positive relationships between key, specific practices of superintendents-and, perhaps more importantly, their leadership teams-and higher average measures of district-level achievement,” he writes. Read the blog post here.
McREL blog: Some schools say no to homework: Is that a good idea?
In our latest blog post, Chief Program Officer Howard Pitler offers four tips for teachers that align with research on homework when developing homework policies. He also discusses how heavily homework should weigh on a student’s cumulative grade, asking, “Considering that teachers really can’t know who actually completes homework assignments, is it good practice to allow homework to potentially account for up to half of a student’s grade?” Read the blog post here.
Events & Opportunities
Webinar: The Essentials of a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Join us on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Mountain, for the first in a series of four free 30-minute webinars outlining the essential steps for implementing an MTSS to engage all students toward college- and career-readiness. Future webinars in the series: MTSS Team Structures on December 16; MTSS Data Processes on February 4; and MTSS Standard-driven and Evidence-based Instruction and Intervention on February 25. Register here for the first session.
Denver: District-level Leadership Institute
Take your leadership to the next level and make a greater impact on the success of the students and staff in your district. McREL’s District-level Leadership Institute, being held October 20-22 in Denver, offers the latest research and most effective strategies for successfully initiating and managing short- and long-term improvement and innovation in your system:
- Day 1: Connecting School and District Leadership through the Balanced Leadership® Framework
- Day 2: Evaluation Systems for Superintendent and Central Office Instructional Staff
- Day 3: Leadership Coaching and MentoringThis is a free event for superintendents and other district-level leaders. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Space is limited to 40 participants; RSVP required. Register here.
McREL in the News
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Public School System wishes McREL CEO a happy retirement
An article in Marianas Variety describes a surprise greeting from CNMI Education Commissioner Rita Sablan and her staff, who thanked Tim Waters, McREL’s CEO who will retire at the end of September, for all the help that McREL has given to the school system. “McREL International has helped the islands’ public schools by making sure teachers and education leaders have access to professional development training,” she said.
On September 1, the Centre Daily Times in State College, Penn., ran a back-to-school story about local districts, in which superintendent Brian Griffith of Penns Valley School District in Spring Mills mentioned that his district has been using The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching (Goodwin, Hubbell) as a teacher study guide to prepare for the school year, in order to be “demanding, supportive, and intentional.”
In This Issue
Bryan Goodwin explores curiosity in ASCD’s latest Educational Leadership Research Says column
Bryan Goodwin observes, “We probably owe most conveniences of modern life to someone’s curiosity,” in his latest column, “Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable,” in ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine, in which he explores the role of curiosity in learning. Read the article here.Blogger Michael Ebeling posted a thoughtful response to Goodwin’s article on his blog. Read his response here.
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