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September 12, 2014

SRI Education Notes – September 9, 2014

This entry is being posted back dated.

Apologies for the lack of activity yesterday, I’ll post a few backdated items now and then try and get some regular content for the weekend.

Anyway, from Tuesday’s inbox…

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:: Blog Posts

Best Practices for Recruiting Schools for Educational Studies

In a recent report, Recruiting Participants for Large-Scale Random Assignment Experiments in School Settings, a team of SRI Education researchers share practical advice on how to recruit schools for educational studies.

SRI Researchers Weigh in on Vergara Ruling

Senior SRI researcher Dan Humphrey and education researcher Julia Koppich examine the realities of the Vergara Ruling on teacher tenure and the implications for policymakers and educators in this EdWeek Blog.

Curriculum Materials Help Teachers Implement Next Generation Science Standards

A new study by SRI suggests that well-designed research-based curriculum materials and new assessments can further Next Generation Science Learning. Chris Harris, a senior research at the SRI Center for Technology and Learning highlights the findings.

Poverty and Special Education

“Poverty is a driving factor in a child ending up needing special-education services,” says Mary Wagner, principal scientist in the Center of Education and Research Services at SRI. Read more in this news article in the Pittsburg Tribune Review.

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Denise Glyn Borders Vice President, SRI Education

Back to School at SRI Education

As we publish this latest version of SRI Education Notes, school is starting in communities across the United States. Our work at SRI offers important ideas, new information and resources and strategies than can help to strengthen teaching and further student learning. Our talented SRI Education team is developing new knowledge and innovations, and informing effective policy and practice, in classrooms, districts and states. In this issue we share some highlights.

Enjoy,
Denise Glyn Borders, Ed.D.
Vice President, SRI Education


SRI Education has named Viki M. Young, Ph.D., and Marjorie E. Wechsler, Ph.D., as the new Co-Directors of the Center for Education Policy Wechsler, Young Lead SRI Education’s Center for Education Policy

SRI Education has named Viki M. Young, Ph.D., and Marjorie E. Wechsler, Ph.D., as the new Co-Directors of the Center for Education Policy.

Wechsler and Young have more than 20 years of experience working on national, state, and local research and evaluation projects on K–12 policy and reform. Young’s research spans human capital development, college readiness for underserved youth, organizational supports for teachers’ use of data, charter school systems, and district leadership and reform. Current projects include implementation and impact studies on teacher and teacher leader development for Investing in Innovation (i3) grants, district reform strategies for effective human capital development, and charter systems growth strategies and challenges. Wechsler specializes in teacher development, school- and district-level reform, and systems approaches to educational improvement. Current projects include examining early learning strategies in Minnesota, teacher development in Florida, and beginning teacher support. She earned her elementary teaching credential and began her career teaching kindergarten. Wechsler and Young both hold Ph.D.’s in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

The SRI Education Center for Education Policy is engaged in some of the nation’s most pressing educational issues. “Viki and Marjorie bring unparalleled vision and expertise to leading our policy research and analysis, and take the helm of an immensely talented and growing team,” said SRI Education Vice President Denise Borders in announcing their appointments.


The SRI Model Demonstration Coordination Center

Turning Ideas into Reality – The SRI Model Demonstration Coordination Center

Educators and the schools and systems they work with are bombarded with ideas and strategies for improving learning. Some of them may even be good ideas. The trick is knowing which ideas are worthwhile, and then crafting usable interventions from them. That is where the SRI Model Demonstration Coordination Center (MDCC) comes in.

“Our work helps researchers turn good ideas into realities,” says Mary Wagner, Ph.D., MDCC’s principal investigator. MDCC helps bridge the gap between research and practice in implementing innovative models in early childhood and school settings. For example, in 2013, MDCC began supporting university model demonstration grantees to facilitate the successful reentry of youth with disabilities from juvenile justice facilities into education, employment, and community programs.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), MDCC staff provides technical assistance to nine cohorts of grantees, documents and analyzes grantee experiences, and disseminates lessons learned. “We are working to identify the characteristics of an effective implementation and model refinement process, one that moves from early testing to full implementation and sustainment and on to wider adoption,” says Wagner.

“The MDCC is helping researchers, educators, service providers, policymakers and others to understand what it really takes to implement new policies and practices to improve learning outcomes.”

“The MDCC is helping educators, service providers, policymaker and others to understand what it really takes to implement new policies and practices to improve learning opportunities.”


SRI Hosts 2014 CyberLearning Summit

SRI Hosts 2014 CyberLearning Summit

What if conventional classrooms became places where students engage in scientific fieldwork? Imagine a classroom where students observe an insect infestation up close, and then develop and test their hypotheses. Or what if their classroom became a rainforest, and students could make observations and collect data to uncover the causes of changes in the environment?

Today, far reaching changes in technology are creating exciting new possibilities for learning and SRI’s Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) is at the forefront. This summer, CIRCL hosted the 2014 CyberLearning Summit at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to identify and communicate major advances in learning with technology. More than 100 researchers, innovators and educators gathered at the Summit to explore and discuss how the design of new applications and technology rich experiences could further learning and assessment across a range of disciplines, learners and settings.

“I think the key message of the Summit was the importance of highlighting new images of what learning looks like,” said Jeremy Rochelle, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Technology and Learning at SRI and co-chair of the Summit. “The possibilities are tremendously exciting.”

At the Summit, a wide range of presenters shared cutting edge versions of what those possibilities looked like. Learn more about the Summit and check out the Summit webcasts.

SRI manages the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in collaboration with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and NORC at the University of Chicago.

June 26, 2014

SRI Education Notes – June 24, 2014

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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From the publication of a groundbreaking new book about online learning to new research about learning afterschool, our dedicated team of researchers has been busy digging into some of the nation’s most pressing education issues. New research and ideas from SRI are fostering innovation and informing educational practice and policies to strengthen learning. In this issue of SRI Education Notes we highlight some of those efforts.

Enjoy,
Denise Glyn Borders
Vice President, SRI Education

:: Blog Posts

New Research Describes Challenges to Afterschool Learning

SRI Education has published the first part of the 5-year National Science Foundation-funded Afterschool Science Networks study. The report presents case studies of science activities in California afterschool programs and identifies roadblocks to science learning. The research makes clear that a lack of time, staff capacity, instructional materials and meaningful external supports are limiting science learning in afterschool settings. Learn more in this Q&A with SRI’s Ann House, project director for the study. Read the journal article, Learning from Science.

Next Generation Science Assessments

Seeking to accelerate and deepen science learning, California and other states have adopted the new Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 students. With the support of a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at SRI will join with other leading research organizations to develop a new system of assessments that align with the new standards that teachers can use to inform instructional decisions. The work will begin with a focus on middle school physical science and develop a model for what three-dimensional assessments can look like. Learn more about the NGSS project. Read about the new assessments on the SRI blog by Angela DeBarger.

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SRI Education is tackling the most complex issues in education to help students succeed. We work with federal and state agencies, school districts, major foundations, nonprofit organizations, and international and commercial clients to address risk factors that impede learning, assess learning gains, and use technology for educational innovation.

Visit sri.com/education.

SRI Education
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Menlo Park, CA 94025

© 2014 SRI International. SRI International is a registered trademark and SRI Education is a trademark of SRI International. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SRI Writes the Book on Online Learning

SRI Writes the Book on Online Learning

A new book — Learning Online: What Research Tells Us about Whether, When and How explores whether online learning is helping students learn and examines the latest research about online learning. The book also describes the ways online learning is being used in a wide variety of contexts and settings, and explores key issues and practices for its effective implementation. “Learning Online makes clear that technology alone is not enough,” says Barbara Means, co-director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI Education and the lead author of the book. “If there is one message, it’s that learning takes place among people with differing learning characteristics, from different backgrounds and circumstances, and from a broad range of activities. We need thoughtful, rigorous research in each of these contexts, not broad statements about online learning being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’” At a time of explosive growth in online learning, this new book provides educators, policymakers and researchers with a much needed guide that can be used to inform decisions about design and implementation of digital learning opportunities. Learn more or order your own copy.

Strengthening Early Learning

What’s happening with Early Leaning?

A Q&A with Shari Golan, Ph.D., co-director, SRI Education Center for Education and Human Services

This is a really exciting time to be involved in early learning. The Obama administration has made the education of young children a priority. Many states have been investing in pre-K and related strategies. The philanthropic community is also investing in early learning as a means of improving student achievement and promoting lifelong success. The emphasis across all of these efforts is on increasing access to high-quality early learning environments and programs. The infrastructure needed to support these opportunities is immense. It includes research, evaluation, technical assistance, professional development, and family engagement.

Mixed Findings on Blended Learning

Mixed Findings on Blended Learning

New research by SRI Education examining blended learning models finds some evidence of benefits. But SRI researchers caution against drawing early conclusions about impact on student achievement. The report highlights significant foundational challenges to successful implementation of the strategy. “The implementation of blending learning models in many schools is still in its infancy and there has been limited comprehensive research up to this point,” says Robert Murphy, Director of Evaluation Research in SRI Education’s Center for Technology in Learning. The blended learning report, which was funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, was conducted by researchers at SRI in 2011-2012 at five selected school sites in California and Louisiana. The research details findings about infrastructure and technology, elements of software design, perceived benefits to teaching and learning and student productivity. The report highlights implications for practice, describes best practices and provides recommendations for future research.

This email was sent to mkbarbour@gmail.com.

April 28, 2014

SRI Khan Academy Study

A few weeks back SRI International published a study of student/teacher use of Khan Academy (see below for the link to the report).

http://www.sri.com/work/projects/research-use-khan-academy-schools

John Watson from Evergreen has done a good summary of the report:

I disagree with John as often as I agree with him, but these posts are worth the read.

April 17, 2014

SRI Education Notes – April 14, 2014

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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Denise Glyn Borders Vice President, SRI Education

Welcome to SRI Education Notes

From early learning to the newest uses of technology, the education team at SRI International is engaged in rigorous research and the development of innovations that further understanding of education and improve opportunities for learning. We believe this work provides insight into some of the nation’s most difficult educational challenges and has important implications for changes in educational policy, practice, and programs that can strengthen our educational systems and improve student learning. In our new SRI Education Notes, we will occasionally be sharing some highlights of our work.

Enjoy,
Denise Glyn Borders
Vice President, SRI Education

:: Blog Posts

First National Look: Special Education Services Used by Students with Autism

Incorporating Digital Learning Resources in the Classroom: A First Look at Using Khan Academy

How Can We Ensure K-12 Student Success in Online Algebra Courses?

:: Podcasts

Social Development Key to Early Learning Success

Can New AP Courses Impact Student Interest in Science Careers?

Early Childhood Development Key to Academic Success and Well-Being

Traumatic Experiences and Academic Performance: Examining the Needs of Children Exposed to Trauma

:: Stay Connected

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SRI Education is tackling the most complex issues in education to help students succeed. Visit sri.com/education.

SRI Education
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

© 2014 SRI International

SRI Education shines light on new digital approach to mathematics learning

SRI Education shines light on new digital approach to mathematics learning

SRI Education and its research partners have been awarded a $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant by the U.S. Department of Education to expand and validate SunBay, an innovative new digital program to improve mathematics learning in Florida middle schools.

SunBay was developed by researchers at SRI to help educators teach challenging middle school math concepts and promote deep conceptual understanding of key principles of mathematics. Using dynamic visual representations that demonstrate mathematical ideas to foster reasoning and collaboration, SunBay integrates technology with standards-aligned curriculum and professional development to boost student learning. The program has shown gains in learning in studies in Florida, Texas, and England.

The new grant will support SRI’s efforts to measure SunBay’s effectiveness in Broward and Palm Beach Counties using new college and career readiness assessments, examine strategies to decrease costs, and determine the effectiveness of professional development practices. Upon favorable results, SRI will provide training and toolkits schools can use to implement SunBay programs in Florida and across the nation. Learn more about SunBay Digital Mathematics.

Strengthening Early Learning

New Research Shows Promise of Linked Learning

New Research conducted by the education team at SRI for the James Irvine Foundation reveals significant gains in student outcomes in California. Compared with their peers, students participating in certified Linked Learning pathways are earning more credits in the first two years of high school, are more likely to be on track with the a–g credits they need for college eligibility, and report greater confidence in their life and career skills. Check out the results and lessons learned.

Strengthening Early Learning

Strengthening Early Learning

As educators and policymakers turn their focus to early childhood learning as a strategy for enhancing student success, the SRI Education Early Childhood Program is helping to further understanding and increase the effectiveness of early learning policies and programs. From efforts that help states develop early childhood data systems and assessments and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs to those that further professional development for pre-K–grade 3 teachers or guide the use of technology in pre-K settings, SRI is conducting critical research, developing innovations, and providing technical assistance that is helping to strengthen early childhood learning. In one recent example, new research examining the impact of exposure of preschool children from low-income backgrounds to PBS educational content showed significant gains in math skills after their teachers used PBS videos and interactive digital games in their lessons.

This email was sent to mkbarbour@gmail.com.

April 1, 2014

SRI Education Research Presented at AERA 2014

Note the digital learning presentations…

Meet SRI Education at AERA 2014

SRI Education researchers will present their latest findings at the American Education Research Association (AERA) 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA from April 3-7. We hope you can join us.

Topics addressed in some of our 27 presentations include:

  • Assessment
  • Early Learning
  • Digital Learning
  • STEM Education
  • Postsecondary Preparation and Access
  • Teacher Quality
  • Research Methods

View the complete list of SRI Education presentations. (here’s a printable version)

About SRI Education

SRI Education programs help identify trends, understand outcomes, and guide policy and practice. We work with state and federal agencies, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and commercial clients to provide research-based solutions to challenges posed by rapid social, technological, and economic change.

SRI Education is part of SRI International, a nonprofit research and development institute based in Silicon Valley. Innovations from SRI International have created new industries, billions of dollars of marketplace value, and lasting benefits to society—touching our lives every day.

SRI International
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