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Study: Effective Teacher Retention Bonuses: Evidence from Tennessee
Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation and Development and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
Concerned about inequities in the distribution of high-performing teachers across all schools, this study evaluated the effectiveness of a $5,000 retention bonus program used in Tennessee’s priority schools, finding positive effects on turnover, leadership, and instruction. Read the study here.
U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education
This article details the results from a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which ranked nations from first to last based on education innovation. The report found that, across the globe, innovation most often begins in classroom practices rather than a school’s practices. Conversely, in U.S. schools, innovation is often not reaching the classroom level.
Report: The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data BookAnnie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes an annual report on overall child well-being, ranking U.S. states from first to last in four domains: 1) economic well-being, 2) education, 3) health, and 4) family and community. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book identifies policies which contributed to positive gains in health and education, but also found declines in economic well-being. Read the report here.
In the Field
McREL blog: Use a personal learning network to keep up with instructional technology
“Given the pace and breadth of technology innovation these days,” writes Matt Kuhn, managing consultant for McREL’s Center for Educator Effectiveness, ” keeping up with the latest in instructional technology is difficult to do alone, especially if you’re not sure where to begin.” He suggests establishing a supportive personal learning network (PLN) to stay on the cutting edge of instructional technology. Read his blog here.
McREL teams with NASA on Scale of Discovery professional development (PD) program
Managing Consultant Whitney Cobb led the development and presentation of NASA’s synchronous “Scale of Discovery” PD program for K-12 and out-of-school-time educators at the fourth annual all-day, multi-site event on April 26. The introductory presentation and panel discussions, featuring mission scientists and engineers, were streamed live from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and the University of Montana on NASA’s Digital Learning Network. View the “Scale of Discovery” archive here.
LAWG Week: Amber Hill on Boosting Online Survey Participation
Research Specialist Amber Hill wrote a blog piece for “AEA 365 | A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators,” which offers tips on boosting participation in online surveys. She recommends enlisting the help of IT professionals and varying the forms of communication about surveys to encourage participation, among other valuable tips. Read her blog here.
New from McREL
Designing Effective Science Instruction (DESI) adapted for Australian educators
Australia’s Hawker Brownlow Education recently published a revised Australian edition of Designing Effective Science Instruction: What Works in Science Classrooms. Written by director of STEM learning, Anne Tweed, the book was edited by Ken Harbottle, retired principal of Strathmore Secondary College (Melbourne), who aligned the content with the Australian National Standards for curriculum. Harbottle’s familiarity with DESI began four years ago, when he introduced the DESI framework in professional development for teachers in the Western Metropolitan Region in Victoria.
McREL in the News
McREL International CEO Tim Waters to retire, board selects Bryan Goodwin as successor
McREL International’s longtime President and CEO Dr. Tim Waters will retire at the end of September, to be succeeded by current Chief Operating Officer Bryan Goodwin. “It’s been a privilege to work at McREL for so many years, but it is time now for a new generation of leadership to carry our mission forward and ensure that our organization remains responsive to the needs and challenges of today’s educators,” said Waters. “I look forward to seeing McREL’s continued growth under Bryan’s leadership.”
Goodwin has worked at McREL since 1998, beginning as a senior program associate working on Regional Educational Laboratory projects for five years before taking on subsequent leadership positions in communications, marketing, and business development. He has been McREL’s chief operating officer since 2012. Goodwin is author of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success (2011, ASCD) and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day (2013, ASCD). He also writes a monthly column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine on the research related to current and emerging issues in education. Read our press release here.
Discovery Education asks Bryan Goodwin for “one idea” for school improvement
Discovery Education recently interviewed Bryan Goodwin on the “Inside-Out” approach to school improvement efforts. “Any great movement always begins with, ‘Why?'”, Goodwin said. “When people have the ‘why,’ then they have the purpose part.” Advocating for the use of the reciprocal model of peer-coaching, he added, “If you look at the history of U.S. reform, we’ve been at this for 25 years–this standards-based, test-driven, accountability-based reform. And it’s done some good things. But you only get so far with this, and there comes a time where it’s time to make a pivot to say, let’s build on that foundation, now let’s think about really developing professionalism.” Watch the video here.
Education leader Robin Jarvis joins McREL
Robin Jarvis, former program director at SEDL and former superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, has joined the staff of McREL International. Jarvis is the executive director of McREL’s Center for Systems Transformation, which provides schools, districts, and state departments of education in the U.S., Canada, and the Pacific region with school improvement planning and implementation support, system transformation guidance, technical assistance, and professional development services. “I am excited about the opportunity to join McREL and lead a team of professionals focused on solving problems of practice specific to school improvement and systems transformation,” said Jarvis. “Together, we will expand the knowledge base to provide research-proven solutions and tools to address challenging issues in education.” Read our press release here.
Simply Better cited as a resource for creating a positive classroom culture
Blogger John Robinson at “The 21st Century Principal” shares ASCD’s list of resources for creating a positive classroom culture, including McREL’s Bryan Goodwin’s book, Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success. Such a culture is essential, says ASCD, to “supporting the whole child and ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” These resources help educators set the standard for comprehensive, long-lasting school improvement and student success. Read the blog here.
McREL’s Compendium of Standards “a great guide to keep students on track”
In This Issue
Education Logic Model Application
If you’ll be applying for a grant, logic models are a powerful–and often required–way to illustrate solid planning behind a future program. Specifically, the Education Logic Model (ELM) application is a highly recommended tool that guides users through creating a logic model, one step at a time, allowing the user to determine how data fit within the larger design of a program, and how they relate to different program components. For more information on the Education Logic Model application, visit the REL Pacific website.
Events & Opportunities
Workshop on unified improvement plans for Colorado educators, August 6
This one-day workshop for Colorado-based principals, school leadership team members, and instructional coaches will give practice-proven strategies for translating Unified Improvement Plans from a vision on paper into purposeful, collaborative, school-wide action. Participants will learn structures and processes for successfully engaging school staff in the work, and will leave the workshop with activities, ideas, and tools for increasing collective efficacy. Register here.
Changing Schools magazine: Summer 2014
What is engagement today?
Our latest issue of Changing Schools delves into student engagement, with articles on the importance of curiosity, using an MTSS to engage all learners, a cutting-edge nanoscience and technology program for high school students, and more. Read the entire issue here.
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