Education Northwest’s work in school improvement, equity, and STEM will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 27–May 1 in San Francisco. One of the premier research gatherings in the nation, this year’s event focuses on “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis.” Education Northwest researchers and evaluators will share their findings at seven sessions addressing achievement gaps among Pacific region students, leadership to promote equitable outcomes, out-of-school time learning, and implementation of new programs.
Following is a list of Education Northwest presentations:
Saturday, April 27
EdNW Presenter: Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Caitlin Scott
Time & Location: 2:15–3:45 p.m.; Parc 55, Second Level–Haight
Presentation: Making Lemonade: Learning From Program Selection and Implementation Challenges
Description: This presentation draws lessons learned from an educational program that was discontinued due to implementation challenges. The researchers found that when implementing new programs, districts should allow ample planning time, maintain participant buy-in, ensure clear communication, and provide internal oversight and leadership.
Monday, April 29
EdNW Presenter: Rob Larson
Time & Location: 2:45–4:15 p.m.; Westin St. Francis, Second Level–Elizabethan A
Presentation: Equitable Leadership on the Ground: Converging on High Leverage Practices in the Leadership for Equity Assessment & Development Tool
Description: Larson and colleagues will report on two studies to refine and validate the LEAD Tool™, a professional growth tool with rubrics designed to catalyze leadership for equity.
Tuesday, April 30
EdNW Presenter: Malkeet Singh
Time & Location: 8:00–9:30 a.m.; Hilton Union Square, Sixth Level–Tower 3 Powell
Presentation: Filipino Students’ Math Achievement: A Multilevel Cohort Analysis of the Hawaii State Assessment
Description: Filipino and Native Hawaiian students make up more than half of the student population in Hawaii’s public schools. This analysis compared the math performance of these students to their white peers and found that socioeconomic status and early achievement are significant predictors for future math performance.
EdNW Presenter: Michelle Hodara
Time & Location: 8:00–9:30 a.m.; Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level–Continental 9
Presentation: The Heterogeneous Effects of English as a Second Language Compared to Developmental English Coursework
Description: For language minority community college students who need academic language support, community colleges offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and developmental English coursework. This study explores the heterogeneous effects of ESL compared to developmental English on first generation, second generation, and generation 1.5 students as well as other language minority subgroups in order to illuminate which language minority students benefit the most (and the least) from ESL.
EdNW Presenter: Caitlin Scott
Time & Location: 5:05–6:35 p.m.; Hilton Union Square, Fourth Level–Tower 3 Union Square 9
Presentation: District and Foundation Collaboration: Nurturing Success
Description: This study identified lessons learned about district and foundation collaboration on K–12 educational initiatives. Key elements that nurtured successful collaborations were strong buy-in from stakeholders, adequate planning, adequate resources, strong leadership, clear communication, adaptability, sustainable funding and practices, and external evaluation.
Wednesday, May 1
EdNW Presenter: Phyllis Campbell Ault
Time & Location: 8:15–9:45 a.m.; Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level–Imperial Ballroom B
Presentation: Distribution and Academic Achievement of Students From the Freely Associated States (FAS) to Hawaii
Description: A growing challenge facing Hawai‘i’s public schools is the continuous influx of students from the Freely Associated States (FAS). Ault’s study will investigate the distribution of students from the FAS in Hawai’i and their academic performance compared to other student groups.
EdNW Presenter: Danette Parsley
Time & Location: 10:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m.; Parc 55, Fourth Level–Mission II&III
Presentation: Cosmic Chemistry: Evaluating Summer Learning for High School Students
Description: This presentation shares evaluation results for Cosmic Chemistry, a summer science curriculum that targets students who are at risk of low achievement in science and who may want or need extra support before taking chemistry in high school.