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September 30, 2016

Join Us for a Webinar on Teacher Leadership

While not K-12 distance, online and blended learning related, this might be of interest to readers.

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Join Us for a Free Webinar on Encouraging and Practicing Teacher Leadership.

October 25, 2016
12–1 p.m. Central Time
1–2 p.m. Eastern Time

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On October 25, 2016, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and its Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance will host a webinar to discuss strategies for engaging in and encouraging teacher leadership.

The event will feature a presentation by REL Midwest researcher Elizabeth Barkowski, Ph.D., who will review current research on teacher leadership. Dr. Barkowski will highlight potential gaps in the research and will discuss opportunities for further investigation. In addition, American Institutes for Research researcher Catherine Jacques will provide recommendations on how schools and districts can encourage teacher leadership activities and will share state examples. Finally, Caitlin Beatson, Indiana Department of Education, will describe teacher leadership programs in Indiana—how they work, who participates, and what advances in programming the state envisions going forward.

Throughout the webinar, participants will be able to engage with one another and to participate in an interactive question-and-answer conversation with the panelists.

Topical Objectives

  • Participants will build their understanding of the teacher leadership research landscape, including potential research gaps and the limitations of available research on teacher leadership.
  • Participants will learn about policy levers that can increase and improve teacher leadership opportunities in their schools, districts, and states.
  • Participants will gain insight into Indiana Department of Education’s proactive approach to teacher leadership programming and development.

For questions or additional information, please contact Megan Norris by telephone (312-690-7373) or e-mail (mnorris@air.org).

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NDLW Is November 7- 11, 2016: Webinar Registration Now Open!

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National Distance Learning Week
November 7-11, 2016
 
What will you do for NDLW 2016?
Purpose:
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
 
Goal:
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
 
When:
November 7 -11, 2016
 
Who:
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
Please check our schedule often as more webinars will be added! 
Also, if you have an event that you would like us to share, please send to admin@usdla.org and we will add to our master calendar posted on the NDLW website!
Thank you to our NDLW Sponsors:
 
   
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News from the NEPC: Review of Papers Estimating Budgetary Implications of Ending Louisiana Voucher Program

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Terminating program may yield savings or add expenditures, depending on key assumptions.
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Review of Papers Estimating Budgetary Implications of Ending Louisiana Voucher Program

Key Review Takeaway: Terminating program may yield savings or add expenditures, depending on key assumptions.
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BOULDER, CO (September 29, 2016) – Two recent papers from researchers at the University of Arkansas offer predictions about the budgetary consequences of terminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), a voucher program that funds over 7,100 Louisiana students to attend private schools.

Using an economic model, the papers offer several different scenarios and then conclude that terminating the LSP would increase the costs statewide and do so in almost all districts in the state. The papers’ findings are reasonable but depend on unproven assumption, according to NEPC reviewer Clive Belfield. Other reasonable assumptions would show termination generating savings. Accordingly, the papers do not make a fully convincing case that the state will incur extra expenditures without the LSP. But in any case, the net fiscal effect of terminating the LSP is unlikely to be large; in the context of a $9 billion state expenditure, the change would likely be less than $10 million.

Queens College, City University of New York professor Clive Belfield reviewed Squeezing the Public School Districts: The Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program and The Fiscal Effect of Eliminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program on State Education for the Think Twice Think Tank Review Project at the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education.

There may be savings or additional expenditures, Professor Belfield states, depending on several key parameters that have not been precisely estimated. He also notes that the papers’ findings of extra costs run counter to those of the state’s Legislative Fiscal Office, which estimated savings from program termination. But the papers do not mention this contrary evidence.

Nevertheless, Professor Belfield concludes that these papers provide a useful analysis and application of a reasonable economic model to understanding the immediate fiscal impact of voucher systems.

Find Clive Belfield’s review at:
http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-Louisiana

Find Squeezing the Public School Districts: The Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program, by Corey A. DeAngelis and Julie R. Trivitt, published by the University of Arkansas, at http://www.uaedreform.org/downloads/2016/08/squeezing-the-public-school-districts-the-fiscal-effects-of-eliminating-the-louisiana-scholarship-program.pdf. Find The Fiscal Effect of Eliminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program on State Education, by Julie R. Trivitt and Corey A. DeAngelis, also published by the University of Arkansas, at http://www.uaedreform.org/downloads/2016/04/12162.pdf.

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Think Twice Think Tank Review Project (http://thinktankreview.org) provides the public, policymakers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. The project is made possible in part by support provided by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice: http://www.greatlakescenter.org

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:http://nepc.colorado.edu


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AERA Highlights – September 2016

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AERA News

Marta Tienda to Give Brown Lecture October 20 in D.C.–Register Now
At AERA’s 2016 Brown Lecture in Education Research on October 20, Princeton University Professor Marta Tienda will ask whether it is possible to rewrite the social contract so that education is a fundamental right—a statutory guarantee—that is both uniform across states and federally enforceable.
National Centennial Lecture Series to Launch in November
AERA will launch a Centennial Lecture Series featuring education research lectures to be held across the United States from November 2016 through April 2017. The series will feature six lectures with each accompanied by an open discussion forum of policy leaders and scholars.
AERA and WERA Convene Meeting of the Americas Education Research Associations
On September 8–10, AERA and the World Education Research Association jointly convened the first-ever meeting of education research associations in the Americas. The meeting, held in Washington, D.C., brought together 23 representatives from 16 associations and related research organizations from throughout the Americas.

AERA Advocacy and Policy Updates

Education Research Community Letter Urges Congress to Support IES Funding–Sign-on Deadline October 3 
AERA and the Learning and Education Academic Research Network are circulating a letter across the education research community to encourage Congress to support the Institute of Education Sciences in the 2017 fiscal year budget.
AERA Advocates for Education Researcher as Occupation in SOC
AERA submitted comments on September 19 urging the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee to explicitly include education researcher as an occupational category. The SOC is the basic system used by the Office of Management and Budget and federal statistical agencies to classify workers into categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, and disseminating data.
AERA Consortium of Universities and Research Institutions Holds Fall Policy Meeting
The AERA Consortium of Universities and Research Institutions met on September 18–19 for its annual two-day fall policy meeting in Washington, D.C. Representatives from more than 50 schools and colleges of education and research institutions attended.

Education Research Policy and Funding News

NAGB Seeks Nominations for Four Positions, Names Six Other Appointees 
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking qualified candidates for four positions on its National Assessment Governing Board. The Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
IES Rolls Out New What Works Clearinghouse Website 
On September 13, the Institute of Education Sciences launched a new What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website. Established in 2002, the WWC reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Its goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.

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AERA in the News

Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Juliane Baron, Nathan Bell, Megan Bennett, Victoria Oms, David Presgraves, Jessica (Campbell) Sibold, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager

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