During the past year, new research methods books pertaining to education and psychology have been added to the Sterne Library collection. Here is a sampling of some of the titles:
Check the Local Catalog records for more information: table of contents, call number, and location in the library.
The standards movement began with the publication of the 1983 federal report A Nation at Risk, which investigated the decline of the educational system in the United States. In 1986, the members of the National Governors Association took the initiative to focus their annual meeting on education. They challenged educators to commit to accountability in the classroom. From there, national organizations and then states took up the call for accountability and began to create standards for particular subject areas and grade levels.
There is a new research guide on the Sterne Library website entitled “Standards-Based Education.” It is a bibliography of resources available at Sterne Library on standards- based education and assessment in the grades K-12 environment. Resources include reference books for background information; books which take an in-depth look at the topic by reviewing research and analyzing the movement; and practical guidebooks for teachers out in the field.
Many of the resources on this list were bought with funds from Dr. Melanie Shore’s successful Sterne Library Grant proposal. If you are interested in applying for a Sterne Library Grant, information may be found here. The call for new applications will go out later in the Fall Semester.
In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an editorial entitled “Carrots and Sticks for School Systems” which criticized public schools for their lack of action in response to teacher evaluation results. The author stated that there are no incentive programs in place to reward high-performing teachers. “The result is that poor teachers stick around while good teachers go elsewhere or leave the profession, frustrated because they are not promoted, rewarded with better pay, or even simply acknowledged” (“Carrots and Sticks”, 2012, para. 2). In the editorial, the author cites a study from The New Teacher Project. The study The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools looks at four urban school districts, focusing on the experiences of “the ‘Irreplaceables’: teachers so successful at advancing student learning that they are nearly impossible to replace” (TNTP, 2012, para. 2). The study identifies the current trend of large losses of “Irreplaceables”, the causes of these losses, the obstacles to retention, and the consequences on teachers and schools.
Explore the New Teacher Project website and you will find additional reports, as well as resources for teachers, school leaders, and policy makers. Here are some examples of what you’ll have access to:
- Teacher Talent Toolbox
- Instructional Culture Insight
- Teacher Evaluation 2.0
- Teaching Fellows programs
Carrots and sticks. (2012, August 5). New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/opinion/carrots-and-sticks-for-school-systems.html
TNTP. (2012). The irreplaceables: Understanding the real retention crisis in American’s urban schools: Overview. Retrieved from http://tntp.org/irreplaceables