On March 8–10, EPIC researchers Ross Anderson, Michael Thier, and Paul Beach presented at the 41st annual conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) in Denver, Colorado. The conference drew a strong contingent from the University of Oregon where Ross, Michael, and Paul are PhD students in the Department of Educational Methodology,…
Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time…
Essential Skills and Dispositions: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Self-Direction
This set of developmental frameworks was created to facilitate discussion within communities of practice and to enhance a shared understanding of the dynamic nature of four essential skills—collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction in learning. The frameworks define components inherent to each skill and describe performance across a beginner to emerging expert progression, informed by research…
Authors Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie describe common ways groups go astray and offer suggestions to avoid or address them. They argue that these four problems are most commonly to blame for poor or self-destructive decisions: Groups do not merely fail to correct the errors of their members; they amplify them. They fall victim…
Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves present on the value of social capital and the importance of learning from others’ achievements. Questions What are some things your school can learn from others nearby? What do you do well at your school that you can share with others to help boost their performance? What does your school…
Chris Gabrieli explores ways schools have extended the school day despite financial concerns.
Author: Chris Gabrieli
Penguins on an ice floe work together to thwart the intentions of a hungry orca. Questions It appears that the penguins prepared for this situation. How much time does your school spend on preparation for emergency situations? What would have happened if not all the penguins were on board with this plan? What if a…
Authors Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher assert that teachers pay attention to these indicators of productive group work and suggest ways to ensure them:
- Creative tasks
- Joint attention to the task
- Development of group social skills
- Language and organizational support
- Optimal group size and composition
- An active teacher role
Author: Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
Teacher Stacy Kitsis shares her experiences with small-group literature discussions held through social-networking and how doing so differed from in-class small-ground literature discussions.
Author: Stacy Kitsis
This report from the Carnegie Corporation of New York advocates for the use of writing-based practices to increase literacy skills among American students.
Author: Steve Graham and Michael Hebert