Getting out the word: communicators and researchers

Education researchers are often called on to deliver their findings to many different audiences, including reporters, school board members, policymakers, and parents. My colleague Ron Dietel, who’s an author and a communications professional, acknowledges that reaching broad audiences and effectively communicating an important message remains one of the most difficult and neglected aspects of researchers’ work.

Three weeks from now at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association we’ll participate in a panel titled “In Support of Quality Research Use: Communicate Your Research to the World.” With Janet Angelis and Helaine Patterson, we’ll offer our collective experience in helping researchers formulate and communicate their research to all kinds of audiences.

AERA’s Helaine Patterson will moderate. Janet Angeles, University of Albany, will speak on “Finding Time – and Language – To Communicate to Just About Anyone.” Ron Dietel, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, will present, “Stand and Deliver: Ten Tips for More Effectively Presenting Your Research To Just About Anyone.” My piece of the action is titled, “It’s a WEBLOGPOD Stupid! Why and How to Use New Technology to Communicate Your Research to Just About Anyone.”


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