Went to a fascinating session featuring Susan Fuhrman (TC Prez), Alex Molnar (Arizona State), and Diane Ravitch (no intro needed/NYU), moderated by Bill Tate (AERA Prez). Tons of ideas on the table, but one take-home question - Alexander Russo, are you as tall as Stanford's Lopez twins?Now the meat: the session focused on the challenges researchers face in making research relevant to policy. Fuhrman took exception to this framing, arguing it is more productive to think about research/public sphere connections in terms of opportunities for engagement. She suggested that we shouldn't limit our conception of research use ...


"AERA has become a gigantic tenure hustle" - guy asking a question in 4:05 session with Susan Fuhrman, Alex Molnar, Diane Ravitch, and Bill Tate...


I unfortunately missed the session yesterday afternoon on class size, but USA Today's Greg Toppo covered it here: New findings from four nations, including the USA, tell a curious story. Small classes work for children, but that's less because of how teachers teach than because of what students feel they can do: Get more face time with their teacher, for instance, or work in small groups with classmates."Small classes are more engaging places for students because they're able to have a more personal connection with teachers, simply by virtue of the fact that there are fewer kids in the ...


1) Non-Falsifiable Predictions: That's what AERA is all about. Here's my prediction - ed policy's love affair with incentives will fade out eventually, and for better or worse, policymakers will start taking their cues from neuroscience. You can get ahead of the curve by checking out this website promoting Brain Rules.2) Grad Students of the World, Unite: More than half of the AERA attendees are graduate students, and they're taking names in the blogosphere as well. Check out Corey Bower's new blog, Thoughts on Education Policy, as well as this commentary in Ed Week by UVA grad student Jennifer ...


eduwonk, Joe Williams, and I make strange bedfellows, but let me join them in criticizing a proposed state law barring the use of test scores to make tenure decisions. Yes, I worry that value-added models could be done all wrong. Yes, value-added models have a long way to go before they offer valid and reliable information. But a state law is too heavy handed, and sets a bad precedent....


The Daily News reports that Cambridge Education Associates is getting a 9% pay raise, even as NYC schools face budget cuts. The average cost of reviewing a school will jump to $4,856, up from $4,427. NYC taxpayers are dishing out 1.1 million for their travel expenses - looks like you and I are paying for our cross-pond friends to fly business class and eat warm chocolate chip cookies. Meanwhile, 8th graders who face retention have lost out on tutoring opportunities. Awesome!With $2,375,649 spent on the 30 staff working in NYC Department of Education public ...


Joel Blecha, a first and second grade teacher at Manhattan's Neighborhood School, has been teaching in New York City for seven years.Nominator Dave Bellel explained, “I met Joel Blecha when he was recommended as a tutor for my daughter almost 5 years ago. It’s instantly recognizable the talents that Joel has as a teacher and as a human being. He’s vibrant, curious, and loves kids. He’s the teacher that I wish I was.” Bellel referred Blecha to the Neighborhood School, and principal Judith Foster related that she thanks Bellel in her prayers every day for sending ...


There's no reason to eat overpriced Midtown food at this week's meeting. Thankfully, skoolboy pulled together a list of good (and affordable) restaurants near AERA. My vote goes to Wondee Siam II - hands down, my favorite Thai restaurant in the city. Let us know about other finds - and check out program recommendations here.Angelo’s Pizza, 117 W. 57th (6th & 7th Aves.), thin-crust coal oven pizzaAzuri Café, 465 W. 51st (9th & 10th), Israeli falafel/shawarmaIse, 58 W. 56th (5th & 6th Aves.), sushiIsland Burgers & Shakes, 766 9th Ave. (51st St.)Lenny’s, 60 W. 48th (5th & 6th), sandwichesMenchanko-Tei, 43 ...


"We need triage," Madame Secretary explained last week. This morning, Randy Reback delivered it to my inbox via the Journal of Public Economics' new issue, which includes his paper, "Teaching to the Rating: School Accountability and the Distribution of Student Achievement." Reback analyzed data from Texas, the birthplace of NCLB-style accountability, and here's what he found:* Schools respond to math performance incentives both by targeting math resources towards specific students and by making broad changes which also help very low achieving students. These responses tend to sacrifice the targeted students’ reading performance and to sacrifice relatively high achieving students’ performance ...


I didn't notice until a friend pointed it out, but there are no female profs quoted in this NYT article on professors' internet show-and-tell:Certainly, professors have embraced the Internet since its earliest days, using it as a scholarly avenue of communication, publication and debate. Now it is common for many to reveal more personal information that has little connection to their work.Some do so in hopes it will attract attention for a book or paper they have written; others do so inadvertently, joining Facebook to communicate with students and then finding themselves lured deeper by its various applications.Many,...


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