Research Minutes

Our weekly audio interviews with researchers provide the interactive space that allows researchers to share their latest work, helping to bring strong research to policymakers and practitioners. Subscribe: iTunes / Stitcher / Soundcloud.

NEW Learning from Cognitive Psychology: Four Strategies for the Classroom

Renowned cognitive scientist, author, and former K-12 teacher Pooja Agarwal joins CPRE senior researcher Abigail Gray to share four simple, science-backed strategies to improve teaching and learning.

She also shares insights from her upcoming book "Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning," her new article in Kappan Magazine, and provides a wealth of free resources for teachers and policymakers hoping to close the gap between learning science and the classroom.

Part of the CPRE Knowledge Hub and Kappan Magazine's 'What We've Learned About Learning" podcast series. To read more about learning science and education, pick up the Dec/Jan 2018 issue of Kappan Magazine or visit www.kappanonline.org.

Interviewer: Abigail Gray, Senior Researcher, CPRE
Interviewees: Pooja Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music

 

NEW Neuromyths: What We Know About the Learning Brain

Renowned researcher, author, and former teacher Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz to discuss "neuromyths," those false or misinterpreted facts we continue to believe about the human brain.

She also shares insights from her new book "Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About the Brain," her new interview in Kappan Magazine, and offers suggestions for teachers, education researchers, and policymakers hoping to move past debunked theories and bring the latest brain science to the classroom.

Part of the CPRE Knowledge Hub and Kappan Magazine's 'What We've Learned About Learning" podcast series. To read more about learning science and education, pick up the Dec/Jan 2018 issue of Kappan Magazine or visit www.kappanonline.org.

Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Educational Researcher, FLACSO

 

NEW Rethinking the Structure of Teacher Retirement Benefits

Amid widespread funding struggles and a changing national workforce, education officials and stakeholders are seeking out reforms and radical new approaches to teacher retirement benefits.

We speak with Manhattan Institute senior fellow Josh McGee, whose new study examines current retirement systems in New York and Philadelphia and attempts to model teacher attitudes toward traditional and defined-benefit plans.

McGee sits down with guest host Peter Horn, of the Point of Learning podcast, to discuss his findings, and an alternative system that could have a profound impact for new teachers.

Interviewer: Peter Horn, Point of Learning Podcast
Interviewees: Josh McGee, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute

 

NEW Can Students Evaluate Online Sources?

In a world of "fake news," "advertorials," "sponsored posts," and other potentially misleading content, the ability to properly vet social and political information online has become a vital skill. But are we properly teaching it to students?

A new study led by Stanford University's Sarah McGrew finds that students at nearly all levels - from middle school through college - struggle to evaluate online information, and often fail to ask essential questions regarding the origins and motives of various content. McGrew sits down with CPRE Research Specialist Robert Nathenson to discuss her findings and offer some tips and free resources to those hoping to bring "civic online reasoning" to the classroom.

Interviewer: Robert Nathenson, Research Specialist, CPRE
Interviewees: Sarah McGrew, Co-Director, Civic Online Reasoning Project, Stanford History Education Group

 

How Will the Midterms Impact Education?

On a special edition of Research Minutes, Drew University researcher and renowned education policy expert Patrick McGuinn speaks with CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz about the 2018 midterm elections and what they could mean for public education.

How would a so-called "Blue Wave" - or Republic victories in the House and Senate - impact issues like federal and state education funding, student civil rights, school infrastructure, or recent proposals for "tuition-free" college? McGuinn also discusses the agenda items that will be facing state and federal lawmakers regardless of party control, including teacher pay, pension funding, and higher education accountability.

Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Patrick McGuinn, Professor of Political Science, Drew University

 

Is Free and Reduced-Price Lunch a Valid Measure of Disadvantage?

For decades, researchers and education officials have used the National School Lunch Program as a key indicator of economic disadvantage. Federal and state officials gauge student need and guide millions of dollars in education funding based on enrollment for free or reduced-price lunch. Now, new research suggests this indicator may not be as valid as it seems. 

In this edition of Research Minutes we speak with Thurston Domina, researcher with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lead author of a new, multi-state study of education records, household income, and census data, which sheds new light on this long-standing metric. Domina joins CPRE Research Director Jonathan Supovitz (University of Pennsylvania) to discuss his findings, which also include a surprising correlation between lunch program enrollment and student achievement.

Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Thurston Domina, Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Elizabeth Graue: What Guides Today’s Pre-K Programs?

As states increasingly call for standards-based Pre-K programs, teachers and administrators often struggle to balance traditional child development practice with external standards and policies.

In this edition of Research Minutes we welcome University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Elizabeth Graue, lead author of a new, multi-state, comparative case study titled "What Guides Pre-K Programs?" published in Teachers College Record in August 2018. Graue joins CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz (University of Pennsylvania) to discuss her findings and their implications for Pre-K administrators, teachers, and policymakers.

Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Elizabeth Graue, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Nick Hillman: Higher Education Deserts

Despite a growing demand for college-level education in communities across the U.S., millions of residents currently live in what researchers call “higher education deserts,” areas where students have limited or no access to a public, broad-access four-year university. 

On this episode of Research Minutes we speak with University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Nicholas Hillman, one of a small number of researchers currently studying higher education deserts and their impacts on local students and families. Hillman joins CPRE research specialist Robert Nathenson to discuss his research and offer some tips to those hoping to understand and address this unique problem.

Interviewer: Robert Nathenson, Research Specialist, CPRE
Interviewees: Nicholas Hillman, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Margaret Terry Orr: Performance Assessment for Principal Licensure

New candidates for principal licensure have typically been assessed on their professional experience, education, and their performance on a written or online leadership exam. Recently, however, some states have begun exploring performance assessments for principal licensure, requiring candidates to demonstrate skills and proficiency in key leadership areas. 

On this edition of Research Minutes, Fordham University researcher Margaret Terry Orr speaks with CPRE Director Jonathan Supovitz about her work with Massachusetts, which in 2012 began rolling out new leadership preparation training and performance assessment requirements for principal candidates. She also discusses her new work with California, which is now trying to do the same.

Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Margaret Terry Orr, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, Fordham University Graduate School of Education

 

Brian Stecher: Analyzing The Gates Foundation’s ‘Intensive Partnerships’ Initiative

The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was designed to build new, comprehensive systems of teacher evaluation and connect low-income minority students with quality educators in four pilot states. Despite years of effort and considerable resources, however, the initiative fell short.

In this edition of Research Minutes, we speak with the RAND Corporation’s Brian Stecher, who led a team of researchers from RAND and the American Institutes for Research in conducting a six-year evaluation of the Gates Foundation initiative. Their final report, published in June of 2018, found that while the initiative did bring some improvements to the host sites, it failed to make an impact on student achievement. 

Interviewer: Michelle Goodwin, Producer, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Brian Stecher, Adjunct Senior Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

 

Lindsay Page: Delivering on the ‘Pittsburgh Promise’

The Pittsburgh Promise has provided more than $120 million in college scholarships to eligible graduates of Pittsburgh’s public schools. But is it working? On this episode of Research Minutes, University of Pittsburgh School of Education researcher Lindsay Page speaks with CPRE researcher Robert Nathenson (University of Pennsylvania) about her recent study of the Pittsburgh Promise and its impacts on college enrollment and persistence. 

Interviewer: Robert Nathenson, Research Specialist, CPRE
Interviewees: Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

 

Carrie Conaway: What Research Do State Education Agencies Need?

Carrie Conaway, chief research and strategy officer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, speaks with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman about her article on state-level research needs and provides tips for both researchers and policy makers hoping for more effective collaboration.

The article, titled What Research Do State Education Agencies Really Need? The Promise and Limitations of State Longitudinal Data Systems and co-authored by Venessa Keesler (Michigan) and Nathaniel Schwartz (Tennessee), was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Carrie Conaway, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Jason Grissom: Predicting and Preventing Principal Turnover

While research suggests that principal turnover can have a negative effect on schools, students, and faculty, few studies have sought to identify how – and why – school leaders ultimately walk away.

In their study “Principal Effectiveness and Principal Turnover,” recently published in Education Finance and Policy, researchers Jason Grissom and Brendan Bartanen analyzed years of data from Tennessee schools to identify predictors of principal turnover and their relationship to effective school leadership. 

On this edition of Research Minutes, Jason Grissom (Vanderbilt University) speaks with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman about the results of the study and offers some suggestions for districts hoping to recruit, retain, and support high achieving principals.  

Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Jason Grissom, Associate Professor, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

 

Elizabeth Farley-Ripple: Rethinking the Research-Practice Connection

Education researcher Elizabeth Farley-Ripple (University of Delaware) speaks with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman about a new conceptual framework for researchers and practitioners, and its potential to inform new, more collaborative approaches to evidence gathering and classroom implementation. Their discussion centers on the article "Rethinking Connections Between Research and Practice in Education: A Conceptual Framework," published in Educational Researcher in March 2018. 

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Associate Director, University of Delaware School of Education

 

Innovation in Intervention: Replicating the Success of ‘Reading Recovery’

CPRE senior researchers Henry May (University of Delaware), Abigail Gray (University of Pennsylvania) and Philip Sirinides (University of Pennylvania) speak with CPRE Knowledge Hub director Bobbi Newman about their monumental study of Reading Recovery and how their results could be used to inform and monitor future developments in U.S. education.

Their paper, The Impacts of Reading Recovery at Scale: Results From the 4-Year i3 External Evaluation, was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in March 2018.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Henry May, senior researcher, CPRE (University of Delaware); Abigail Gray, senior researcher, CPRE (University of Pennsylvania); Philip Sirinides, senior researcher, CPRE (University of Pennylvania)

 

Joshua Goodman: Impact of College Counseling on Enrollment and Persistence of Low Income Students

Joshua Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, sits down with CPRE, Research Specialist, Robert Nathenson  to discuss Benjamin Castleman and Joshua Goodman's study, Intensive College Counseling and the Enrollment and Persistence of Low Income Students, which was published in the journal, Education Finance and Policy in January 2018.  Goodman shares the findings of their study on the impact of intensive college counseling to improve college enrollment and completion for disadvantaged students and the importance of studying interventions in education.

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Interviewer: Robert Nathenson, CPRE, Research Specialist
Interviewees: Joshua S. Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Rand Quinn and Tina Cheuk: Public Attitudes toward School Vouchers in the Trump Era

Rand Quinn, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and Tina Cheuk, Doctoral Candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Education, join Bobbi Newman, Director of CPRE Knowledge Hub to discuss their CPRE Policy Brief: Public Attitudes toward School Vouchers in the Trump Era. They talk about their findings surrounding public opinion on school vouchers in the highly politicized climate of Trump’s presidency.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Rand Quinn, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania and Tina Cheuk, Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University

 

Janet Rosenbaum: School Suspension and the Effects on Students

Janet Rosenbaum, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health, sits down with Abigail Gray, CPRE Senior Researcher, to discuss her study Educational and Criminal Justice Outcomes 12 Years After School Suspension, which was recently published in Youth & Society. Rosenbaum discusses her findings on suspensions and its consequences for students and policymakers.

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Interviewer: Abigail Gray, Senior Researcher, CPRE
Interviewees: Janet Rosenbaum, Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health

 

Thomas Alsbury: School Boards and Balanced Governance

Thomas Alsbury, Professor for the Educational Leadership at Northwest University, sits down with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman to discuss his study, Disentangling the Personal Agenda: Identity and School Board Members' Perceptions of Problems and Solutions, which was recently published in the journal, Leadership and Policy in Schools. Alsbury explains the history of school boards in the United States and the changing role of the school boards within today’s context.  

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Thomas Alsbury, Professor, Northwest University

 

Sean Reardon: Trends in School Readiness Gaps

Stanford University endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education joins Research Minutes to talk about his study Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry with CPRE –UPenn researcher, Ryan Fink.  Reardon's study was recently published in American Educational Research Association's OPEN journal. Reardon analyzes school readiness trends through lenses of several demographic differences and factors.

 

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Interviewer: Ryan Fink, Research Specialist, CPRE
Interviewees: Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University

 

Ruth Curran Neild: ELs in the School District of Philadelphia

Former Delegated Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, Ruth Curran Neild talks with CPRE Knowledge Hub's Director Bobbi Newman about her study Finding their Stride: Kindergarten English Learners and Time to Proficiency in the School District of Philadelphia which was co-authored with Joshua Lin. Lin is a researcher at Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) where Curran Neild is the Director.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Ruth Curran Neild, Director, Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC)

 

Elaine Allensworth: The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools

Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Elaine Allensworth joins CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman to talk about her study, The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools: Evidence from Chicago High Schools, recently published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Allensworth analyzes the positive and negative impact on students who attend a higher performing school.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Elaine Allensworth, Director and Managing Director, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and Urban Education Institute

 

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng: Minority Teachers and Student Perceptions

After having spent time as a middle-school math teacher, Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng was fascinated at how the race of a teacher could impact students' perceptions, and ultimately, the conversations and culture of the classroom. Since then, Cherng has become an Assistant Professor at New York University, where he has studied the impact of minority teachers on student perceptions and more. He joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about his latest work.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Assistant Professor, New York University

 

John Papay: Long-Term Improvement Rates for Teachers

Brown University Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay joins Research Minutes to talk about his recent study, Productivity returns to experience in the teacher labor market: Methodological challenges and new evidence on long-term career improvement,  which was recently published in Journal of Public Economics. 

 

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: John Papay, Assistant Professor of Education and Economics, Brown University

 

Christopher Redding: Turnover Rates of Alternatively Certified Teachers

CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman spoke with University of Florida Assistant Professor Christopher Redding about his study, Easy In, Easy Out: Are Alternatively Certified Teachers Turning Over at Increased Rates?, which was published in the American Educational Research Journal in August 2016. Thomas M. Smith, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, served as his co-author on the study.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Christopher Redding, Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Education

 

Paul Morgan: Early and Persistent Science Education Achievement Gaps

Penn State Professor of Education Paul L. Morgan joins Abigail Gray, CPRE Researcher to talk about his longitudinal study of science achievement gaps. Morgan explains that these gaps arise early and are persistent throughout a child's schooling up until 12th grade.

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Interviewer: Abigail Gray, Senior Researcher, CPRE
Interviewees: Paul L. Morgan, Professor of Education, Penn State University

 

Robin Jacob: Measuring Principal Development

University of Michigan Associate Research Professor Robin Jacob speaks about her research study of a principal leadership program, one of the largest experimental evaluations of professional development for principals ever conducted.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Robin Jacob, Associate Research Professor, University of Michigan

 

Deven Carlson: Re-classifying English Language Learners

University of Oklahoma Assistant Professor Deven Carlson joins CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman to talk about the nature of re-classifying English Language Learners through testing, how this can create challenges for those students, and certain ways that have been utilized to support this segment of the education population.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Deven Carlson, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

 

James Kim: An Intervention for Struggling, Adolescent Readers

Harvard Graduate School of Education's James Kim joins the Research Minutes podcast to explain his research on the Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention, which is meant to engage struggling, adolescent readers on the way to improved academic outcomes.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: James S. Kim, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Morgan Polikoff: The Past, Present, and Future of Common Core

USC Rossier Associate Professor Morgan Polikoff joins CPRE's Jonathan Supovitz to talk about Common Core as it currently stands, how it served as the culmination of many past education policy decisions, and what will become of it.

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director, CPRE
Interviewees: Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor, USC Rossier

 

Kendall King: How Language Policies on Placement Tests Impacts English Language Learners

University of Minnesota Professor Kendall King joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about her new research paper, The Language Policy of Placement Tests for Newcomer English Learners, published in Education Policy. She analyzes the ways that language policies on placement tests can impact newcomer English language learners.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Kendall King, Professor of Second Language Education, University of Minnesota

 

Eric Camburn: Teacher Reflection and Instructional Change

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Eric M. Camburn joins our Research Minutes podcast to go over his latest research, Infrastructure for Teacher Reflection and Instructional Change: An Exploratory Study, which was recently published in the Journal of Educational Change. Camburn describes his research and suggests the potential implications for the field.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Eric M. Camburn, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Beth Schueler: Successful District Turnaround Efforts in MA

Beth Schueler at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government joins the podcast to share her research on Massachusetts' state-led turnaround efforts in Lawrence, MA. She considers how the dynamic of the district changed, the impact of the shift, and future considerations for this type of research.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Beth Schueler, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

 

Mylynn Felt: Big Data and the Social Sciences

University of Calgary's Mylynn Felt joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about how researchers in the social sciences can use big data to further their research aims, some tools that can be help for researchers who want to get started in this type of work, and the ramifications of big data for social science in the long term.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Mylynn Felt, University of Calgary

 

F. Chris Curran: The Effect of State Zero Tolerance Laws on Discipline Issues

F. Chris Curran discusses his article “Estimating the Effect of State Zero Tolerance Laws on Exclusionary Discipline, Racial Discipline Gaps, and Student Behavior” that was published in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He describes the theoretical framework of Zero Tolerance Laws and their impacts on increasing racial disparities and inconsistent decreasing of problematic behaviors. 

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: F. Chris Curran, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, School of Public Policy

 

Matthew Steinberg: Classroom Composition Impact on Teacher Observation Scores

Matthew Steinberg describes how a teacher’s students’ characteristics, namely prior academic achievement, affect the ratings and measurements of teacher performance as discussed in his article “Classroom Composition and Measured Teacher Performance: What Do Teacher Observation Scores Really Measure?” published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He contextualizes results in terms of recent teacher evaluation reforms which continue to rely on classroom observations of teacher practice.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director of CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Matthew Steinberg, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Don Peurach: Large-Scale, Network-Based Educational Improvement Initiatives

Don Peurach provides an overview of school improvement networks and hub organizations as discussed in his article “Large-Scale, Network-Based Educational Improvement Initiatives” which was published in Education Researcher. He describes their distinguishing characteristics compared to more traditional professional development providers and presents evidence of their effectiveness. 

 

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: Don Peurach, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan

 

Drew Gitomer and Courtney Bell: Editors of the New Handbook of Research on Teaching

This Research Minutes podcast features a conversation with Drew Gitomer and Courtney Bell, editors of the Fifth Edition of the Handbook of Research on Teaching. During the interview, they describe the unique features of the new handbook, including its unique, interdisciplinary set of authors, its lack of a methodological divide, and the opportunities for future research.

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Interviewer: Jonathan Supovitz, Co-Director of CPRE
Interviewees: Drew Gitomer is the Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education at Rutgers University. Courtney Bell is a Senior Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service.

 

Matthew Steinberg: Sensitivity of Teacher Performance Ratings

Matthew Steinberg joins Research Minutes to discuss his study that he co-authored with Matthew Kraft, The Sensitivity of Teacher Performance Ratings to the Design of Teacher Evaluation Systems, which was recently published in Educational Researcher. He describes the implications that the design of a teacher evaluation system has on the distribution of teacher performance ratings and what this means for policymakers.

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Interviewer: Bobbi Newman, Director, CPRE Knowledge Hub
Interviewees: Matthew Steinberg, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Nick Hillman: Higher Education Deserts

Despite a growing demand for college-level education in communities across the U.S., millions of residents currently live in what researchers call “higher education deserts,” areas where students have limited or no access to a public, broad-access four-year university. 

On this episode of Research Minutes we speak with University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Nicholas Hillman, one of a small number of researchers currently studying higher education deserts and their impacts on local students and families. Hillman joins CPRE research specialist Robert Nathenson to discuss his research and offer some tips to those hoping to understand and address this unique problem.

Interviewer: Robert Nathenson, Research Specialist, CPRE
Interviewees: Nicholas Hillman, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison