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Easy Research Reading for the Thanksgiving Break

With the Thanksgiving break in mind, here are a couple of free summaries of research in education that may be easier to digest than the pumpkin pie.

First, if you haven't seen it already, check out Better, a new magazine on evidence-based education that is published jointly, three times a year, by the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York in the U.K. Bob Slavin, the researcher best known for having founded the Success for All school-improvement program, is the editor-in-chief of this cross-cultural venture, which carries research syntheses and commentaries by prominent researchers from both sides of the Atlantic as well as some capsule summaries of recently published studies from journals in the field.

The second issue of the magazine, which focuses entirely on math learning, came out earlier this fall and you can subscribe to it for free here.

The second publication is a new report by the Wallace Foundation that recaps findings from all the studies that it has underwritten in education. And that's a lot of research. On the topic of improving education leadership alone, for instance, the foundation has financed $300 million in studies since 2000. (A word of disclosure is called for here: Wallace also supports coverage of educational leadership issues in Education Week.)

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