Monday, March 12, 2018

My Humble Offering of the Best of SXSW EDU 2018 v. 1.0

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend four days in Austin at SXSW EDU with some amazing people, from all aspects of education, in collaboration, contemplation and celebration; I have returned to school and want to share all the insight I have gained with each of you. My goal is to share a few things every couple of days, so as to not overwhelm anyone with an information dump.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Jonathan Plucker is a professor at John Hopkins University and he led a session entitled "Excellence Gaps: Where Equity & Excellence Meet".  He offered us his latest research on how to best work to close gaps for talented students of color when measured against their white peers.  I have included the abstract from his article "Reducing Excellence Gaps A Research Based Model" below and would gladly print the article for you if interested in further reading.

"As the awareness of the existence and negative effects of excellence gaps has grown among educators and policy makers, so too has a desire for research-supported interventions to reduce these gaps. A recent review of research related to promoting equitable outcomes for all gifted students identified six specific strategies for reducing excellence gaps. This article describes those components, along with a strategy of frontloading that should serve as the foundation for any comprehensive intervention efforts."

For more information on excellence gaps and how they are related to, and affected by, income levels, I have added the abstract from another article co-written by Plucker, "Closing Poverty-Based Excellence Gaps: Conceptual, Measurement, and Education Issues".  Please let me know if you would be interested in a copy of the full article.

"The number of economically vulnerable students in the United States is large and growing. In this article, we examine income-based excellence gaps and describe recent controversies in the definition and measurement of poverty, with an eye toward their application to gifted education and meeting the needs of talented, economically vulnerable students. Regardless of how poverty is conceptualized, evidence suggests that U.S. childhood poverty rates are indeed high, both in absolute terms and relative to other countries, and that income-related achievement disparities are similarly large. Recommendations are included for interventions to close persistent poverty excellence gaps, including frontloading, broadened understanding of opportunity, universal screening using local norms, improved educator preparation and support, state K-12 accountability systems that reward schools for closing excellence gaps, widespread use of ability grouping, and selective use of psychosocial interventions at the college level."

For more information on Jonathan Plucker, I've attached his website:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Collecting Students Feedback of our Teaching

In the absence of formal teaching evaluations, all of us could give this a try

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Student Work | Google Classroom