Cohosts Darren Battaglia, Ed.D. and Eric Claravall, Ed.D., discuss current trends in education research and interview practitioners and authors.
Episode 10. Can you check me now? Formative assessment in math.
Formative assessment has proven to be a powerful strategy that teachers can employ to increase student performance. In a large scale, 2011 study, Phelan and colleagues, developed a framework and professional development program for nearly a hundred teachers and four thousand students who participated in brief formative assessments as an augmentation to a school’s 6th … Continue reading "Episode 10. Can you check me now? Formative assessment in math."
Episode 9. Long Term English Learners. Separating Myth from Reality.
If students are expected to reach full proficiency in English within 5-7 years, what should we do about those who don’t? In a 2010 landmark report, Laurie Olsen wrote about the “Reparable Harm” of Long Term English Learners (LTELs) in California. Because of state and federal language policy, this widespread issue affects most U.S. schools … Continue reading "Episode 9. Long Term English Learners. Separating Myth from Reality."
Episode 8. Attention! English Learner Intervention.
There has been a growing concern for the reading achievement of English Learners (ELs). Many schools and districts invest thousands – if not millions – of dollars in interventions to ensure that students gain reading skills and catch up to their peers. We discuss Snyder, Witmer, & Schmitt’s (2017) reviews on effect sizes of various … Continue reading "Episode 8. Attention! English Learner Intervention."
Episode 7: Academic Language. It’s not just vocabulary.
Usually we teach academic language by focusing on vocabulary. So what is “academic language” besides the “language of the classroom?” In validating a test to measure academic language, Uccelli, Galloway, Barr, Meneses, & Dobbs (2015) propose a more precise definition that includes morphologically complex words, understanding dense syntactic structures, resolution of pronoun reference (anaphors), and … Continue reading "Episode 7: Academic Language. It’s not just vocabulary."
Episode 6: English Learner Accountability post-NCLB
In 2001, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) under the premise of greater accountability and school choice. It was passed with bipartisan support, but over the course of the subsequent 12 years became increasingly criticized from all sides of the political spectrum. Looking ahead to the … Continue reading "Episode 6: English Learner Accountability post-NCLB"
Episode 5: Big Data and Education
Educational Data Mining (EDM) and Learning Analytics (LA) are emerging fields that apply big data to education. What are they? Can a K12 teacher be helped by these coming changes? Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics by Ryan Baker and George Siemens is an excellent introduction to the field. We also draw from an article … Continue reading "Episode 5: Big Data and Education"
Quality research discussions
I’m a math educator always looking for quality discussions of research and am so thankful I found this hidden gem in the podcast universe. Thank you Eric and Darren for the time you take to produce these wonderful episodes!