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February 7, 2017

ESSA and Evidence | SRI Education Notes | February 2017

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ESSA and Evidence

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal education legislation emphasizes the use of evidence-based interventions and charges state and local education agencies with identifying interventions that improve outcomes for students in preschool through 12th grade. This has been the focus of our work for decades! In this issue of Education Notes, we share examples of SRI Education’s work examining the effectiveness and impacts of programs and helping to implement effective practices. Don’t forget to share this newsletter and follow @SRI_Education on Twitter!
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Denise Glyn Borders, President

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SRI to Lead REL Appalachia

Under a new five-year contract, we will provide support for more evidence-reliant education systems in KY, TN, VA, and WV that make an impact on student learning.

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Evaluating Health Career Pathways in California

States and districts are looking to develop effective career readiness programs. We are working with Alameda Health System to assess its workforce development initiative.

Disrupting the Preschool to Prison Pipeline

Preventing Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions

Our interactive guide for early childhood program leaders provides recommendedations to prevent the suspension and expulsion of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Support success for all children.


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State-Specific Accountability

See how Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs are being evaluated in some states; SRI is the evaluator for the state of Washington.

College Students

SRI Leads Panels at 2017 Linked Learning Alliance Convention

SRI researchers are facilitating multiple panels with district partners to highlight findings from the California Linked Learning District Initiative year seven report.

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Can a Summer Program Increase Minority Male Students’ Interest in STEM Careers?

SRI Education researchers, with support from the Verizon Foundation, developed a research brief designed to understand the experiences of participants in the Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Male (VIL MM) program.


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December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays from SRI Education

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Wishing you a joyful holiday season and
a healthy and prosperous new year.
SRI Education

November 16, 2016

November 2016: Beyond the Report: Interactive Tools for Practice Change

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Beyond the Report:
Interactive Tools for Practice Change

In our schools, a wealth of information is available in just a few keystrokes. To support our schools, educational research and tools for improvement also need to be timely and accessible for school leaders. In this issue of Education Notes, we’re featuring examples of online resources that are designed to help educators improve their daily practice, and education leaders to make systemic changes. And be sure to share this newsletter with your colleagues and follow @SRI_Education on Twitter!
Enjoy,
Denise Glyn Borders, President

Data Visualization Toolkit

New Resource on
Data Visualization

SRI’s DaSy Center released a new data visualization toolkitwith tools, resources, and tips for presenting data effectively, on topics such as infographics and interactive displays.

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Designing Next Gen Science Assessments

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) require all students to engage in the practices of scientists and engineers. Having the right kinds of assessments is critically important. Read our NGSS blog.

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Web-Based Math Homework Intervention

SRI evaluated the math intervention ASSISTments, finding positive impacts on students’ math achievement. Read the AERA Open article Online Mathematics Homework Increases Student Achievement.

STEM Teachers

STEM Teacher Leadership Resources

A new SRI-developed website for the U.S. Department of Education, http://stemteacherleadership.org/, offers answers to Frequently Asked Questionsdeveloped by expert STEM practitioners for each of seven different role types in six key topics related to teacher leadership in STEM.

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Community Colleges Launch Degree Programs With Open Educational Resources

To reduce financial burdens on students, the new Open Education Resources (OER) Degree Initiative involves 38 community colleges in the redesign of degree programs using OER in place of proprietary textbooks. SRI Education researchers will evaluate the initiative, including impacts on student outcomes and cost.

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Empowering South African Students with Bicycles

SRI evaluated the World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa, designed to help rural students get to school more quickly and safely so they can spend less time walking and more time learning. Read the evaluation report.


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October 14, 2016

CTL’s SunBay Math Adopted by Districts in Florida – CTL Research Update – October 2016

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CTL: Insightful design, research, and evaluation of innovative learning environments and assessments

CTL Research Update – October 2016, Issue 25

CTL’s SunBay Math Adopted by Districts in Florida

Students working together on tabletsHow can teachers address rigorous mathematics content while increasing emphasis on “mathematical practices” such as reasoning and communication? Many middle school math teachers struggle with this question as they implement new college- and career-ready standards, such as the Common Core and new Florida Math Standards.

Two of the largest school districts in Florida believe that the tools and strategies embedded throughout SunBay Math™, a program developed by SRI Education, can help teachers answer this question. Both districts used the materials as part of a randomized validation study led by SRI Education with support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund.

SunBay Math, which is based on more than 25 years of research, uses technology to spotlight six foundational middle school concepts that are known to be hard to learn and hard to teach. Rigorous gold standard experiments have shown that the SunBay materials outperform traditional materials in student learning of the important mathematics concepts of proportionality and linear function. These materials now also include the topics of ratios, rate and proportionality, algebraic expressions and geometric transformations.

SunBay Math is more than technology: It integrates curriculum modules that provide structure to students’ experiences, as well as teacher professional development activities in which teachers learn how to support students as they engage in the types of mathematics activities and practices that lead to deep understanding of key mathematics topics.

Both districts have made SunBay Math materials and professional development available to all of their middle school math teachers and are looking forward to seeing the impact that SunBay Math will have.


Designing Instructionally Supportive Assessments for Science Classrooms

Students working together in a labHaving the right kinds of assessments is critically important because they guide what teachers and students attend to during instruction. High-quality assessments can help teachers implement new standards, help students learn more, and provide equitable opportunities for all students to develop their proficiency with science. The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) group is a multi-institutional collaborative that is developing classroom-ready assessment tasks for science teachers to gain insights into their students’ progress toward achieving the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.

The NGSA group is a collaboration among experts in science education and assessment from the Center for Technology in Learning, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Concord Consortium. The NGSA group has recognized the need for a clear and efficient approach to designing assessment tasks that support the teaching and learning of the new standards. Their approach is described in the report “Constructing Assessment Tasks That Blend Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science Practices for Classroom Formative Applications.”  To learn more about the NGSA design effort and review the tasks, visit the NGSA website.


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Bicycles Help Students in South Africa Get to School on Time

SRI Education, with support from the UBS Optimus Foundation, recently completed a study of the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) in South Africa. The BEEP program distributes bikes to children in rural areas who walk long distances to school, with the goal of getting them to school more quickly and consistently and supporting improved attendance, academic achievement, and family access to resources. The rural South Africa setting provided some unique opportunities and challenges for BEEP, including a lack of existing cycling culture or infrastructure.

From interviews with program participants and families and surveys of students, we found an overwhelmingly favorable response to the bike program, including reports of increased on-time arrival at school and significantly reduced travel times that freed up time for chores and studying. The research also revealed factors that limit the program’s effectiveness, including a lack of bike maintenance that rendered many bikes inoperable for periods of time, girls using their bikes significantly less than boys because of a lack of confidence in their cycling ability and gender norms that work against female cycling, and students’ fears about their physical safety while cycling due to road conditions or inexperience. Learn more about WBR’s commitment to serving the transportation challenges of students and families in these remote communities in our report, “Evaluation of World Bicycle Relief’s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program: South Africa Opportunity Study.”


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CIRCL Hosts National and International Events on STEM Learning

SRI’s Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL) and NSF recently hosted two large events in Washington DC: a symposium on Active Learning in STEM Education and a forum on Next Generation STEM High Schools. The events — which engaged 213 K-12 teachers receiving thePresidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and more than 70 leading education scholars and researchers – were designed to give participants the opportunity to share best practices in STEM learning, explore new ways to encourage students to engage and envision themselves as STEM professionals, and advance the dialogue on what could – and should – constitute the next-generation teaching and learning environment in our nation’s schools. Chief Technology Officer of the United States Megan Smith spoke about the need to work together to instill confidence in students to pursue STEM, SRI’s Barbara Means shared research showing that inclusive STEM high schools have enough duration and intensity to change student goals and self-perception, and keynote speaker Bill Penuel discussed ways to organize active learning in our schools and communities. Summaries are available on the event websites and in a White House Blog.

On September 12, CIRCL hosted a workshop before the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) in Lyon, France. A group of 23 researchers from the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Israel discussed research agendas on three themes: computational thinking, embodied learning, and crossover learning (bridging formal and informal spaces). The themes were selected from the “2015 Innovating Pedagogy Report” and helped focus the conversation. Representatives from NSF and the European Commission weighed in on their funding priorities and how they related to the three themes. The workshop participants are now writing recommendations for future research agendas on these topics and will share them broadly when completed.

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Open Educational Resources: Nearing an Inflection Point for Adoption?

Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware

Designing for Consistent Implementation of a 5th Grade Digital Math Curriculum

Strategizing Teacher Professional Development for Classroom Uses of Geospatial Data and Tools

Iteratively Refining a Science Explanation Tool Through Classroom Implementation and Stakeholder Partnerships

Different Levels of Leadership for Learning: Investigating Differences Between Teachers Individually and Collectively Using Multilevel Factor Analysis of the 2011-2012 Schools and Staffing Survey

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Study Profiles Maker-Space Educators and Their Needs

The Essential Components of STEM Education

What Motivates Maker Educators?

Can All Students Succeed at Science and Technology High Schools?

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Report Tackles Assessment Design for Next Generation Science Standards

Evaluating and Understanding STEM Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood

Technology for Learning Mathematics: What Can We Learn from Large-Scale Studies?

Cyberlearning ’16 Tackles Designs for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning


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September 3, 2016

New Year, New Learning, New Look | SRI Education Notes | September 2016

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New Year, New Learning, New Look

As we begin the 2016-2017 school year, SRI Education is pleased to bring you several new reports on what works in education and debut our updated format. Learn about preschool STEM initiatives, new formative assessments in early childhood education, technology for learning math, and good news about equitable access to International Baccalaureate programs. And be sure to share this newsletter with your colleagues and follow @SRI_Education on Twitter!

Enjoy,
Denise Glyn Borders, President

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Changing the World of Mathematics Education

At the International Congress of Mathematics Education,Jeremy Roschelle discussed the role of scale and effectiveness in enabling math technologies to achieve societal impact. Read more…

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Playing is Learning:  STEM Starts Early

SRI Education is helping to shape the field of early STEM learning. Read about our preschool STEM research and development efforts, evaluations, and assessment initiatives in our recent blog.

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Bridging the Equity Gap in IB

Participation of low-income students in the International Baccalaureate (B) Diploma Programme increased from 2008 to 2014, according to ourevaluation report.

Students and Kindergarten Teachers

Case Studies of KEA in MD, OR, PA, and WA

Kindergarten Entry Assessments are being used in four states to inform policy & practice in early childhood education. Full report, Summary.

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SRI Education Begins Evaluating CRWP in High-needs Schools

In our May Education Notes, we described our evaluation of the College-Ready Writers Program. We are excited to start a new study of its scale-up in urban and rural schools.


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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 assess learning gains, use technology for educational innovation, and address risk factors that impede learning.

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