It’s Earth Day and the March for Science in Washington DC today. It’s a good day to promote bi-partisan evidence-based policy making in education!
Two strategies to combat test stress
by Eva Kohlmoos on April 19, 2017 in Blog, Nashville • 0 Comments
This month across the state of Tennessee students will take assessments in math, reading, science and social studies to measure their learning over the course of the school year and their preparedness for the upcoming year. It’s easy to get overly amped during this time and create a stress-filled environment for kids and adults alike. Here are two research-based and teacher-approved strategies to dial down the stress and dial up...
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President & CEO of @NellieMaeEdFdn: leading efforts to reshape public education to be more equitable & more effective for all learners. www.nmefoundation.org
President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos have made clear their intention to divert public education dollars by way of vouchers to private institutions, arguing that these options to attend private school can deliver a better, more equitable education to students. Our outdated...
How to support your child’s reading growth
by Eva Kohlmoos on February 28, 2017 in Blog, Nashville • 0 Comments
What’s the best way parents can support their child’s reading growth at home? Read every night.
That sounds simple enough but anyone who has had the “have you done your homework” conversation knows this can be easier said than done. Here are a few tips for success that can make reading every night a reality in your home.
Choose a “just right” book
To get the most out of independent reading...
Jeff Archer, President & Founder, Knowledge Design Partners LLC (www.knowledgedesign.org). Jeff leads KDP, which provides communications and knowledge management services to education organizations and innovators working to improve teaching and student learning. KPD partners with clients to share powerful and often complex ideas in clear and compelling ways, using graphics, narratives, data, and video. Through KDP, Jeff served as a lead consultant to the highly influential Measures of Effective Teaching project, for which he helped...
Dr. Martin Orland (PhD) is an independent consultant whose varied educational leadership roles have consistently focused on filling the nexus between evidence-based knowledge and improved policy and practice. He most recently spent nine years as Senior Program Director for Evaluation and Policy Research at WestEd as well as founding director of its Washington DC office. During his WestEd tenure Orland led a nationwide staff conducting policy, research and evaluation studies and large scale technical assistance efforts on topics including...
Teachers as healthy models of behavior
by Eva Kohlmoos on January 17, 2016 in Blog, Nashville • 0 Comments
I have a vision: A classroom of 25 nine-year-olds is abuzz with students discussing the story they are reading. One student asks, “Why did Charlotte decide to use all her energy to help Wilbur?” Two students excitedly start to answer at the same time. They pause and one student says, “You can go first.” The other student says “Thank you” and shares why he thinks Charlotte helps Wilbur. The students do all this on...
Janice Jackson is an independent education consultant with a focus on leadership and organizational improvement in public schools and districts, equity strategies, teaching and learning, teachers’ and principals’ professional identity, and reflective judgment of principals and teachers. Prior to her current role she was a Senior Associate with the National Equity Project. She was the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.
She has worked in several academic positions. Her last roles were Lecturer on...
Jane Best is a strategic partner at EDGE Consulting Partners. Previously she was the Chief Strategy Officer at McREL International, a private 501 (c) (3) education research and development corporation, where she led the government relations, institutional development, grant writing and strategic planning. She has also served as a senior policy associate for the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Midwest, a federal contract to support state education agencies, funded by the U.S. Department of Education at Learning Point Associates...
Guest blogger @LukeKohlmoos has important things to say about observations in teach eval systems in this Flypaper posting:
Getting observations right
February 19, 2015
Recent research has shown that it may be more difficult for teachers of students with certain background characteristics (i.e., low achieving, poor, minority) to score highly on teacher observations. However, Whitehurst, Chingos, and Lindquist’s conclusion in Education Next that we adjust teachers’ observation scores is a disservice to...