SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / March 2012 /

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SEDL in the News
The Maryland General Assembly is discussing ways to remove barriers to parental involvement. SEDL’s work in family and community engagement has been cited in the conversation.

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Shared Features of High-Performing After-School Programs is recognized as a resource for assessing afterschool program quality in the March issue of District Administration (print version).

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Using Research in Reading and Math

Schools’ Roles in Rigorous Education Research
 When some teachers at Mullins School, an elementary school in Pikeville, Kentucky, wrote a grant to fund an intervention program, they reviewed research studies on the program’s effectiveness. In fact, say teachers at Mullins and other schools in Pike County Schools, research-based practice is an important part of classroom instruction. “Everything we do has to be research based. We can’t include something in students’ RtI [Response to Intervention] plan or a center activity unless it’s research based. It’s just second nature for us now,” says one teacher. With the growing emphasis on the role of research in education, these stories are common.

Many educators are now playing a new role in education research. In addition to using research-based practices or curricula, they are participating in research studies. Pike County Schools is one example. In Fall 2011, Mullins and six other schools in the district joined SEDL’s effectiveness study of McGraw Hill’s Imagine It! reading and Everyday Mathematics.

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SEDL Letter
Two recent issues of SEDL Letter address math and literacy instruction.

SEDL Letter 22.1 addresses challenges and solutions related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) instruction, including professional development, evaluation, and recent research.

Read SEDL Letter 22.1.

SEDL Letter 19.2 examines study groups, organizing the classroom for effective reading instruction, strengthening literacy through father-child interactions, and systemic approaches to reading and school improvement.

Read SEDL Letter 19.2.

Science After School Consumers Guide
The Science After School Consumers Guide contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. Materials include semester and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and Web sites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. Users of this guide are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, target audience, and cost.

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