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Slavin: Overcoming Four Barriers to Evidence-Based Education

 

Dr. Robert Slavin

Dr. Robert Slavin

The following post was originally featured in Education Week

Imagine if we used evidence to guide everything we do and teach in our nation’s neediest schools.

As part of this vision, educators would constantly look at their own outcomes and benchmark them against those of similar schools elsewhere. In areas that needed improvement, school leaders could easily identify proven, replicable programs. As part of the learning and adoption process, they would attend regional effective-methods fairs, send delegations to visit nearby schools using the programs, and view videos and websites to see what the programs looked like in operation. Continue Reading →

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Sputnik: Taking the guesswork out of policy

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In a wonderful article in the Washington Post on December 7, Dylan Matthews makes the altogether rational argument that Congress should routinely authorize evaluations of programs it is thinking of signing into law:

“In a perfect world, (reporting on policy) would be a kind of science reporting. Just as my colleagues at the health desk often explain which medicines are effective and which are a bust, I’d ideally be able to describe what sociologists, economists, and political scientists have discovered about which policies work.” Continue Reading →

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Sputnik: Technology without supports – like cotton candy for breakfast

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Note: This is a guest post by Monica Beglau, Ed.D., Executive Director, and Lorie Kaplan, Ph.D. , eMINTS Program Director for the eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri.

Does this sound familiar? “Our school just purchased the latest mobile technology tablets for all of the students in our elementary school. Does anyone know where we could get some training about how to use them and what apps we should buy?” We’ve heard variations on this theme across our state and nationally for several years. Too often, as others have noted, the allure of the device outweighs practical planning for the implementation. Appropriate high-quality professional development and ongoing support for teachers is essential to success. Just as having sweet fluffy cotton candy for breakfast hardly fits the bill for a nutritious breakfast, short-term “summer boot camps” or a few hours of professional development after school leave educators hungry for more and without the necessary “nutrients” for effective instructional practices. Continue Reading →

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