Experiments An Important Part of the Research Mix
Politicians are calling loudly for educational improvement, and many insist that more testing and more accountability will usher in an era of improved student achievement. UW-Madison education professor Geoffrey Borman agrees, to a point.
Organizational Context Colors Teacher Expectancy
Factors that predict higher teacher expectancy and related improvements in student performance can guide policymakers and administrators in designing more effective accountability programs.
The Achievement Gap Can Be Narrowed Further
Some schools have put their Title I funds to more productive uses than other schools. But whenever an inner-city or poor rural school produces an exemplary program that helps its students achieve notable results, Title I funding almost invariably made it possible.
School Organization That Supports Teaching For Understanding
Efforts to reform mathematics and science instruction in schools must address three organizational challenges: providing resources, aligning commitments, and sustaining and generating reform.
What ‘Travels’ in Mathematics Reform?
Learning mathematics with understanding requires teachers to help students build on what they know and on how they think. Students’ reasoning should be placed at the center of effective instructional decision making and professional development.
Starting Teacher Salaries: Discouraging Prospects
Can higher starting salaries attract undergraduate students with career goals related to math, science, or technology to a career in K-12 teaching? If so, what salary levels might be needed?
Prevention Requires Early, Comprehensive Contact
Early contacts with child welfare agencies or special education programs often do not act as protective factors for students with emotional and behavioral disorders because contact with these agencies is not sufficiently early, comprehensive, or coordinated across agencies.
Adequacies and Inadequacies of Current Strategies to Recruit Teachers
Three approaches to school reform (the professionalization agenda, the deregulation agenda, and the social justice agenda) offer very different visions of how to remedy current inequality and injustice in public education. UW-Madison education professor Ken Zeichner examines each of these approaches and identifies their strengths and weaknesses. He also raises additional issues that he believes must be addressed if things are to change for the better.
Risk, Resilience, and Attitudes Toward Learning
Children from low-income, urban environments are often said to be ‘at risk.’ But most children in presumably high-risk situations do not exhibit significant problems or antisocial behaviors, and many are reasonably successful within the limited opportunity structures afforded them. Lewis studies the resilience that enables some students to survive and even thrive under adverse conditions.
Pathways for Latino Youth
Almost all U.S. high school students expect to go to college. For Latino students, the road to success has more bumps, barriers, and detours than for most other students, but the road still exists.