Drawing on his own experiences as a math teacher, Kirk Walters, a principal researcher at AIR, explores how to help teachers teach math effectively. He stresses the importance of understanding teachers’ dispositions towards learning and how these dispositions develop.
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15 Apr 2014
Integrating social and emotional learning into existing initiatives, including teacher evaluation, Common Core State Standards implementation, and professional learning, is no easy task. This module builds on the ideas shared in our Research-to-Practice Brief, Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks.
31 Jan 2014
Although teachers understand the critical importance of social-emotional learning for their students’ overall development, few educator evaluation systems explicitly address that type of learning. This brief identifies the instructional practices that promote student social-emotional learning, which in turn are critical for student academic learning; and showcases how three popular teacher evaluation frameworks embed practices that influence not only student academic learning but also student social and emotional competencies.
30 Sep 2014
In the Field
What's 9 + 8? Simple, right? If only school improvement were so easy. It's not. Neither is helping mathematics teachers in struggling schools move beyond drilling for right answers. But Steve Leinwand, math specialist at AIR, says supporting teachers as they work to create classroom conversations around, for example, why and how 9 + 8 equals 17, is a critical part of strengthening instruction. "That's what builds understanding in classrooms," Leinwand says.
19 Aug 2014
This guide provides a review of research on higher education persistence indicators that can be used to predict whether a student will remain enrolled in college and complete a two- or four-year degree.
1 Feb 2014
The educational community is increasingly focused on the development of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and the link between SEL and improved educational attainment and achievement. This self-assessment tool is designed to help educators reflect upon (1) their current teaching practices that impact student SEL, and (2) their own SEL competencies to implement those teaching practices.
9 Jul 2014
This infographic drawn from AIR research shows that, among men and women with STEM Ph.D.s who leave the STEM field, men are more likely to hold management positions.
5 Feb 2014
Using data from the Delta Cost project, this infographic shows the increasing rate of part-time faculty and instructors in higher education over the period 1990-2012.
13 Mar 2014
Most countries require paid leave for employees to care for their newborn child. This infographic compares U.S. leave amounts with that of four other countries.
12 Oct 2014
Drawn from the 2014 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, this infographic illustrates the breakdown of threats and violence against teachers. AIR has co-written the Indicators reports since 1999.