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Feature Story: Managing Education Talent Strategically
The education system has hired and tenured thousands of ineffective teachers and principals, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural schools. As a consequence, these schools have low levels of student learning. Allan Odden writes about talent management in education and explores why the focus on talent has quickly assumed a prominent role in the nation’s education-policy and practice agendas. See the report, ‘Getting the Best People into the Toughest Jobs.’ More...
This fall, the UW-Madison College of Engineering will offer for the first time a course entirely based on digital learning simulations. First-year students will participate in two virtual internships and propose solutions to realistic engineering design problems. New research suggests that participating in such simulations increases women’s interest in engineering and desire to pursue an engineering degree. The virtual internships were developed by WCER’s Epistemic Games Group in collaboration with faculty and students from the College of Engineering. More...
WCER researcher Sara Kraemer is leading an evaluation study of the Teacher Union Reform Network. That’s part of her job as is a technical assistance provider to the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund. The Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) is a network of NEA and AFT locals whose members discuss and explore issues related to education reform and the role of teacher unions in advancing the cause of public education. Kraemer provides research, technical assistance, and consulting services in K-12 educational systems, with an emphasis on effective data-based decision making to support educators' professional growth. Her technical areas of expertise include educator evaluation systems, work system design and analysis, and effective systemic design. TURN affiliates examine policies, research, programs and practices that influence teaching effectiveness and teacher evaluation systems across the country. Members discuss the common core standards and how to integrate that work as a key component to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning. More....
The Value-Added Research Center (VARC) develops ways to compare school performance in a fair and accurate way, whether the school is public or private, urban or suburban, large or small. When measuring student academic growth it’s important to separate school-related factors (curriculum, school culture, classroom teacher, lesson structure, school safety) from factors not related to the school (at-home support, household financial resources, prior knowledge, English language learner status). This brief presentation provides a narrated overview of the process. More...
Wisconsin students met in early April to discuss racial healing and justice at the National Student Conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN). Inspired to be agents of change in their communities, students at Verona Area High School hosted hundreds of their peers for a two-day conference on April 8 and 9 featuring renowned educator Calvin Terrell. More...
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