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[AECT] June 18, 2018 – News & Notes

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June 18, 2018

RESEARCH &THEORY DIVISION WEBINAR

The Research & Theory Division of AECT invites you to a professional development webinar with Dr. Scott Warren on Thursday, June 21 at 12 pm CT (10 am PT11 am MT1 pm ET). Dr. Warren will be discussing “New roles and qualitative research approaches to study complex educational systems”. We look forward to having you join us. Please register here.

OTP CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP

The Division of Organizational Training and Performance invites graduate students to submit applications for scholarships to attend the 2018 AECT International Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Applications are due July 9th, and the winners will be announced July 26th at the Summer Leadership Conference! Click here for information and to apply.

2018 EARLY CAREER SYMPOSIUM

AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2018 Early Career Symposium, generously sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held at the AECT International Convention on Tuesday, October 22 (half day) and Wednesday, October 23 (half day), in Kansas City, Missouri. The symposium will engage participants in focused career mentoring and networking. Applications are due July 15, 2018.  Complete details can be found here.

SPECIAL ISSUE – INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DESIGNS FOR LEARNING

Do you design instruction for high-stakes/high-impact distance or online learning environments? This special issue of #IJDL sponsored by DDL is for you! Read more about high-stakes/high-impact contexts and design cases here . The deadline to submit a 250-word abstract is July 15 . Full/brief papers will be due September 15 with an anticipated issue release in February 2019. Have questions? Contact the special issue guest editor, Dr. Tonia A. Dousay  for additional information.

TechTrends ANNOUNCEMENT

Did you know that TechTrends is indexed by SCOPUS, is currently the #11 journal on Google Scholar’s list of top 20 journals in the category “Educational Technology,” and was recently accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) effective with Volume 62, Number 1 (January 2018)?  Please visit the journal’s homepage to discover more.

REGISTER NOW FOR ONE OF THE CONVENTION WORKSHOPS!
We have a great line-up of workshops available before and after the convention for only $15 each.
Developing Yourself as an Asset for Instructional Design Careers in Higher Education and Private Industry with Daniel Watanabe. This workshop examines the process of creating a marketable portfolio for instructional design related careers in higher education and private industry based on the skills, artifacts, and experiences developed in educational technology or instructional design graduate degree programs.
Instructional Designers as Writers with Kathleen Ingram. Good writing takes time and practice and a basic knowledge of the types of writing required in the field in which one is employed. In this workshop the participants will explore several types of writing projects and apply a writing model to one.
Visit https://members.aect.org/events/review/workshops.asp for more information about workshops.

eLEARNING AFRICA 2018

The program for eLearning Africa , the leading international conference and exhibition on educational and learning technologies for all the education, corporate and public sector, is now available online . This International Conference will be held September 26-28, 2018 at the Kigali Convention Center Rwanda.

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Review: Hard Work And Soft Skills: The Attitudes, Abilities, And Character Of Students In Career And Technical Education

Another press release on this National Education Policy Center review.

June 14, 2018

Contacts:
William J. Mathis: (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net
James Rosenbaum: (847) 491-3795, j-rosenbaum@northwestern.edu
Great Lakes Center: (517) 203-2940, greatlakescenter@greatlakescenter.org

Review: Hard Work and Soft Skills: The Attitudes, Abilities, and Character of Students in Career and Technical Education

EAST LANSING, Mich. (June 14, 2018) — Research has shown that, after controlling for the lower test scores on average of students who take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, high school CTE programs are associated with higher high school graduation rates, and overall educational attainment and earnings than students in academic programs whose previous test scores were similar. But the reasons for this relationship are not clear. A new report from the American Enterprise Institute hypothesizes that noncognitive skills, such as work habits and effort, affect this relationship, and the report provides a sound test of this hypothesis.

The report suggests that CTE may improve attainments by improving noncognitive skills. The key implication is that, instead of a narrow focus on academic skills, schools need to consider how to improve students’ other skills to improve attainment and job outcomes. While the reviewer agrees that this implication is reasonably drawn from the report, he cautions that educators need a clearer interpretation of these “noncognitive skills” and whether they are persistent attributes or highly changeable behaviors.

Professor James Rosenbaum of Northwestern University reviewed Work and Soft Skills: The Attitudes, Abilities, and Character of Students in Career and Technical Education, and found it to be a strong, careful, and thoughtful empirical analysis of a strong dataset.  The report is part of Think Twice Review, a project of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), funded by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Rosenbaum’s key finding is that the report presents a strong empirical analysis illuminating how students in CTE programs demonstrate better outcomes than students with similar test scores in traditional academic programs.

The review notes that the most remarkable feature of this report is the broad array of indicators it compiles, including how much effort students exhibit on a routine task (e.g., a long and boring survey in school), and teacher reports of student effort. Professor Rosenbaum concludes that, despite a few limitations, the report has constructed “innovative and impressive new indicators of noncognitive behaviors.”

More clarity is needed, however, in defining the differences between “noncognitive skills” and “noncognitive behaviors.” Is “effort,” for example, a function of human behavior, or is it a learned skill?

In conclusion, the reviewer holds that this report was successful in constructing “innovative and impressive new indicators of noncognitive behaviors,” which should inform policy decisions about how nonacademic skills can help overall student achievement.

Find the Think Twice Review on the web:
http://www.greatlakescenter.org

Find Hard Work and Soft Skills: The Attitudes, Abilities, and Character of Students in Career and Technical Education, written by Albert Cheng and Collin Hitt and published by American Enterprise Institute, at:
http://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Hard-Work-and-Soft-Skills.pdf

Think Twice, a project of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), provides the public, policymakers and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. The project is made possible by funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

You can also find the review on the NEPC website:
http://nepc.colorado.edu

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18 June 2018: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.

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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
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Acadian Asset Management Has Raised K12 (LRN) Position By $868868; JC Penney Co (JCP)’s …

Acadian Asset Management Llc increased K12 Inc (LRN) stake by 6.76% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. Acadian Asset Management Llc acquired …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
NEWS
K12 (LRN) Upgraded to Sell by ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of K12 (NYSE:LRN) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report published on Saturday, June 2nd. LRN has been …
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Loopring [NEO] 1-Day Trading Volume Reaches $209972.00 (LRN)

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 3.6% lower against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 9:00 AM ET on June 18th.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
NEWS
K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Shares Bought by Federated Investors Inc. PA

Federated Investors Inc. PA grew its position in shares of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) by 31.7% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most …
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As K12 (LRN) Valuation Rose, Technology Crossover Management Vii LTD Trimmed Its Position …

As K12 (LRN) Valuation Rose, Technology Crossover Management Vii LTD Trimmed Its Position by $17.17 Million; As Harris Del (HRS) Share Price …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
NEWS
Loopring [NEO] 1-Day Trading Volume Reaches $209972.00 (LRN)

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 3.6% lower against the dollar during the 1-day period ending at 9:00 AM E.T. on June 18th. In the last week …
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Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect K12 (NYSE:LRN) Stock Price

News coverage about K12 (NYSE:LRN) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies …
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Loopring [NEO] (LRN) Price Hits $0.80 on Top Exchanges

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 1.9% higher against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 15:00 PM E.T. on June 3rd …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
NEWS
American Woodmark (AMWD)’s Insider James Davis Acquired 513 Shares of the Company; K12 …

K12 Inc (LRN) investors sentiment decreased to 1.4 in 2018 Q1. It’s down -0.03, from 1.43 in 2017Q4. The ratio has worsened, as 67 active investment …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ June 18, 2018
NEWS
K12 Inc. (LRN) Consensus EPS Outlook

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) was up +0.42% ($0.07) to $16.71 and showed a volume of 0.19 mln shares. It has ranged in price between $16.42-$16.84 after …
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Loopring [NEO] Trading Down 19.7% Over Last Week (LRN)

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 1.1% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 12:00 PM E.T. on May 26th. Loopring …
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Loopring [NEO] Trading 18.1% Lower This Week (LRN)

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded up 2.1% against the U.S. dollar during the one day period ending at 18:00 PM E.T. on June 11th.
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MarketBeat Daily: Headlines and Analysts’ Updates for 6/18/2018

The MarketBeat update for K12, Inc. and Pearson Education.

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June 18, 2018

IES Hosts Webinars On Reading, Writing, And Language Development Grant Writing

This may be of interest to my academic readers, as IES has funded K-12 distance, online, and blended learning research in the past.

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IES Hosts Webinars on Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a webinar for researchers interested in reading, writing, and language development to participate in a one-session IES Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Overview webinar that provides a general overview of the Reading and Writing (National Center for Education Research) and Reading, Writing, and Language Development (National Center for Special Education Research) grant topics and general strategies and suggestions for successful application writing.

The webinar will take place on June 28, 2018 from 1:00 -2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

The grant topics are the Institute’s primary programs aimed at supporting research on improving literacy outcomes for students, including English learners and those with disabilities or who are at risk for disabilities or academic failure.  For more information on the Institute’s FY 2019 Requests for Applications, see https://ies.ed.gov/funding.

On June 28, 2018 at 1:00pm EDT, you may access the webinar at: https://meet.lync.com/usdedeop/rebecca.mcgill/KZF9FRKT.

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Rebecca McGill-Wilkinson in NCER at (202) 245-7613 or Rebecca.McGill@ed.gov, or Sarah Brasiel at (202) 245-6734 or Sarah.Brasiel@ed.gov.

If you need any accommodations, please contact Rebecca McGill-Wilkinson at (202) 245-7613 or Rebecca.McGill@ed.gov by June 21, 2018.

Additionally, IES will host the Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Seminar Series for New and Early Stage Investigators. During this 4-session webinar series, IES staff will provide more in-depth support for new and early stage investigators to prepare successful grant applications related to literacy.

For more information on the Grant Writing Seminar Series and the application process, see https://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=3865

Applications are due by June 28, 2018.

 

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES NewsFlash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more. 

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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