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Friends and colleagues:
Happy new year from all of us at SRI Education. We wish you the best as you continue your efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners.
We have lots to report. Below, recent highlights about our work in three areas: supporting President Obama’s Future Ready Schools initiative, our focus on college and career readiness and California’s Linked Learninginitiative, and our ongoing involvement in Investing in Innovation. We offer some brief insights about research in education technology from one of our senior research scientists, plus some quick links on the right.
Denise Glyn Borders
President, SRI Education
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Cyberlearning 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Create the Future to explore integrating learning theory and emerging technology in research to practice communities
Next Gen Preschool Math Apps (SRI with EDC and WGBH), including the new Gracie and Friends, receive high ratings
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Future Ready Schools Guide Helps Leaders Improve Ed Tech DecisionsFunded by the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, SRI Education researchers helped write Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning
Released by the White House in November as part of the ConnectED to the Futureinitiative, the Future Ready Schools guide provides practical strategies for district leaders to connect their schools, teachers, classrooms, and students to high-speed Internet. Peppered with examples of innovative strategies for addressing common challenges, the guide presents options for district leaders to consider when enhancing technology infrastructure, as existing connectivity and circumstances vary greatly across districts. It addresses thorny implementation issues and concerns including acceptable use policies, student privacy, and security, as well as device selection, costs, and financing. This effort goes in hand with the President’s ConnectED Initiative, also supported by SRI Education. With the guidance provided in Future Ready Schools, along with $4 billion in public and private funding provided to schools through the ConnectED Initiative, the hope is that all students–or at least 99% of them–will gain access to the broadband tools and content needed to thrive in a globally connected world. ReadFuture Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning.
Linked Learning Takes Career Pathways to ScaleSRI Education researchers explore school-level policies, practices, and reforms to increase students’ college and career readiness
SRI Education researchers explore national, state, district, and school-level policies, practices, and reforms to help increase the college and career readiness of all students. This strategic focus is clear in our multiyear evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative, funded by The James Irvine Foundation. Described recently in Education Week and EdSource, Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics and real-world experiences with the goal of improving high school graduation rates and increasing successful transitions to a full range of postsecondary education and career opportunities, particularly for low-income and disadvantaged youth. Linked Learning students complete an academic and technical program of study in an industry-themed pathway, such as engineering, biomedicine and health, law, or arts and media, and gain exposure to real-world professions through a sequence of work-based learning opportunities within that industry sector. Read more.
SRI Education Prominent Participant in
Investing in Innovation (i3)In late 2014, SRI was awarded a new grant to link technology and special needs
SRI Education has played an active role in the i3 program since its inception in 2010. In addition to this new project in Virginia and California, SRI leads the SunBay Middle School Digital Mathematics Program, the subject of a validation grant in Florida. SRI also serves as the independent evaluator of 12 validation and development grants covering a wide range of interventions and methodological designs. Read more.
SRI Education’s Barbara Means, Ph.D., featured speaker at American Association for the Advancement of ScienceA nationally recognized leader in online and blended learning, Dr. Means will address the February AAAS Annual Meeting in remarks entitled, “Are Inclusive STEM High School (ISHS) Students Actually More Successful in STEM?”
We asked Dr. Means, author of the recent Learning Online: What Research Tells Us about Whether, When and How, to summarize her current thinking about education research regarding technology. Her response: “I’ve been studying technology-supported educational innovations for decades, using all kinds of research methods—experimental, survey, secondary data analysis, ethnographic, interview, meta-analysis. The challenge, though, is how to have significant impact on policy and practice. One approach is to get involved in producing policy documents, and I’ve had a role in some influential ones like How People Learn, the 2010 National Education Technology Plan, and Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education. These works are important in providing inspiration and an intellectual framework for policy and practice. Read more.
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