Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, English learner instruction, and equity will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 3–7 in Philadelphia. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses on “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.” Education Northwest researchers and evaluators will share their findings at 10 sessions. “We are thrilled to have so many of our Education Northwest colleagues presenting their work and engaging in dialogue with research colleagues from around the country on so many important and timely education policy, practice, and methodology issues,” said Chief Program Officer Danette Parsley.
Following is a list of presentations by Education Northwest staff members; resources will be added to this page following the presentations.
Thursday, April 3
EdNW Presenter: Caitlin Scott
Time & Location: 12 noon–1:30 p.m.; Convention Center, 400 Level, Terrace IV
Presentation: The Problem of Human Capital: State Implementation of Federal School Turnaround Principles (co-authored with Nora Lasley)
According to Scott, “Our analysis of the Center on School Turnaround’s annual state turnaround leader survey provides revealing information about states’ policies and practices.”
EdNW Presenter: Theresa Deussen
Time & Location: 2:15–3:45 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 112A
Presentation: The Impact of Project GLAD® on Students’ Literacy and Science: Year 1 Results From a Cluster-Randomized Trial of Sheltered Instruction (co-authored with Angela Roccograndi, Elizabeth Autio, and Makoto Hanita)
“Based on our Year 1 findings, Project GLAD professional development for teachers can translate into improvements in the reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing of English learners,” says Deussen.
Friday, April 4
EdNW Presenter: Caitlin Scott
Time & Location: 10:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 115B
Presentation: Digging Into Transformation: Implementation of Federal School Improvement Grants in Oregon (co-authored with Basha Krasnoff and Deborah Davis)
“This report provides lessons learned for others seeking to improve low-performing schools,” notes Scott.
EdNW Presenters: Theresa Deussen and Kari Nelsestuen
Time & Location: 2:15–3:45 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 120C
Presentation: Who Has Time? Challenges to Implementing a Multicomponent Instructional Model for English Language Learners (co-authored with Elizabeth Autio)
“Educators want to make wise decisions about how they spend their limited professional development dollars,” says Nelsestuen. “This paper contributes to our understanding of the degree to which professional development investments translate into changed classroom practices.”
Saturday, April 5
EdNW Presenter: Danette Parsley
Time & Location: 2:45–4:15 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 120A
Presentation: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Organizing in Rural Schools
Parsley will present with Boston College colleagues Elizabeth Cox, Andrew Hargreaves, and Dennis Lynn Shirley.
Sunday, April 6
EdNW Presenter: Theresa Deussen
Time & Location: 12:25–1:55 p.m.; Convention Center, 400 Level, Terrace IV
Presentation: Utilizing Teacher Perspectives for Innovation
Deussen will chair this roundtable session.
EdNW Presenter: Malkeet Singh
Time & Location: 12:25–1:55 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 109A
Presentation: Hawai’i Educational Research Association: Ethnicity-Related Achievement Gaps–A Longitudinal Study From Hawaii (co-authored with Hella Bel Hadj Amor, Education Northwest, and Shuqiang Zhang, University of Hawaii at Manoa
“Thirty years after A Nation at Risk, we still do not have a consensus on how to isolate ethnicity- or poverty-related gaps in achievement,” Singh points out. “Our approach is quantitative, but we hope it will contribute to a wider theoretical discussion on what is and is not ethnicity-related disadvantage, whether or not certain causal factors should be taken into consideration in estimating ethnicity-related disadvantage, and how to link up pragmatic accountability actions with a sensible psychometric measure in order to facilitate systemic rejuvenation.”
EdNW Presenter: Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica
Time & Location: 12:25–1:55 p.m.; Convention Center, 100 Level, 121B
Presentation: Pragmatically Speaking: Toward Understanding the Language Use of Young English Learners
Rodriguez-Mojica will present work she completed at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She notes, “Educators and researchers are concerned about how English learners (ELs) who already struggled with the previous standards will fare in light of the new more rigorous Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. By studying how young ELs use English to accomplish authentic academic tasks in English language arts, this study shows what they can do with the English language.”
EdNW Presenter: Kari Nelsestuen
Time & Location: 4:05–5:35 p.m.; Convention Center, 200 Level, Hall E
Presentation: What Is It Like To Be a Guinea Pig? Teacher Experiences in a Randomized Controlled Trial (co-authored with Elizabeth Autio)
“When we conduct research in schools, it is important to thoughtfully engage teachers as participants,” remarks Nelsestuen. “This study is the first of its kind to examine teachers' experiences as participants in rigorous research.”
Monday, April 7
EdNW Presenter: Michelle Hodara
Time & Location: 2:15–3:45 p.m.; Convention Center, 400 Level, Terrace IV
Presentation: The Returns to a Community College Education for Developmental Education Students
Hodara will present with Di Xu, on work the two completed at Teachers College, Columbia University. Says Hodara, “My study, co-authored with my colleague at the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, is one of the first to examine the impact of enrolling in developmental math and English on community college students' wages. This study will add to literature on the economic returns to education and explore whether educational investments in developmental education lead to economic rewards or not.”