Podcast Episodes #31-40

Episode 40
Professional Development for Teaching With Understanding
Schools and districts enhance their capacity for change when they promote leadership among teachers, recast administrative roles as facilitators rather than managers, change the allocation of time during the school day, and provide materials and resources suitable to new teaching endeavors.

Episode 39
Videotaped Lessons Enhance Analytical Ability
The STEP web site supplies instructions for running case-based/problem-based learning activities that engage small groups of preservice teachers in discussions, research, and instructional design.

Episode 38
Embedded Research Spurs Systemwide Change
Embedded research looks at existing elements of the school system from the standpoint of systemic theory, but within the practical constraints of district culture and operations. The goal is to facilitate district actions towards an improved school system configuration.

Episode 37
Professional Development That Addresses School Capacity
Failure to craft professional development to address school capacity comprehensively may well be a major reason for the disappointing results of so many school improvement initiatives. Those who fund, regulate, and design programs and policies that affect professional development should try to advance all dimensions of school capacity and to minimize ways in which professional development and other policies undermine dimensions of capacity.

Episode 36
New Technology Advances Research and Teaching
In the areas of mathematics, science, special education, and teacher education, WCER researchers use digital technologies to analyze and disseminate research data and to develop training tools.

Episode 35
Can Failing Students Have Successful Teachers?
Teacher assessments should consider teachers’ abilities to engender academic achievement, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. Assessments that consider aspects of teachers’ culture might prove more equitable for teachers of color.

Episode 34
Better Doctoral Level Education
A survey of 4,114 doctoral students shows that in today’s doctoral programs there is a three-way mismatch between student goals, training, and actual careers. This results in students who are not well prepared to assume the faculty positions that are available, and who lack a clear concept of their suitability for work outside of research.

Episode 33
Risk and Resilience in the Urban Neighborhood
A study finds children’s academic performance in fifth grade to be negatively associated with neighborhood risk, highlighting the possible importance of this childhood period.

Episode 32
Turning Data Into Knowledge
It’s important for schools to link their use of data to their school planning and decision-making processes. Such a focused approach saves time and effort and allows for more efficient use of limited data.

Episode 31
Most Children Receive ‘Adequate’ Care
The strongest and most consistent predictor of positive caregiving for infants is the child-to-adult ratio. Caregivers’ education also predicts quality of care and is increasingly important for older children.

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