December 2016

MPES welcomes Amanda Lazar!

Postdoctoral fellow Amanda Lazar will present, “The Role Of Technology in Understanding Perspectives on Aging and Health” on Thursday, December 1st (12:30-1:30 PM).

Please join MPES and the Learning Science program in Annenberg 303.

See the full talk flyer here.

November 2016

“Challenges of Urban Teacher Professional Development”

Steven McGee, Ph.D – SESP, Northwestern University
Thursday, November 17th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

High quality professional development and support for professional communities are both powerful levers for supporting the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. However, schools in urban settings face significant challenges in fully implementing all of the features of high quality professional development and professional learning communities due to small school sizes, high teacher turnover, and shifting leadership. In this presentation, McGee will describe two science professional development programs that have taken different approaches to addressing the challenges of urban professional development by fostering the development of science teacher leadership. First, the Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP) program is a 4-year professional development collaboration with The Field Museum, the Nature Museum, and the Big Shoulders fund to support pre k-3rd grade teachers’ transition to NGSS in ten Chicago Catholic schools. Second, the NU Leadership Academy for Science Improvement is an ongoing professional development collaboration with Network 11 in the Chicago Public Schools. In both programs, there are early indicators that the nature of social interactions among teacher is shifting along with shifts in teaching practices. McGee will discuss the implications of this work for how we develop and sustain long-term, place-based partnerships and use robust indicators that take advantage of the natural variation in implementation as evidence for theory building.

See full talk flyer here.

October 2016

Tammy Clegg comes to MPES!

“Scientizing Daily Life with New Social, Mobile, and Wearable Technologies”

October 13th, 2016, 12:30-1:30 PM (Annenberg 303)

See Talk Flyer Here

MPES and LS welcome Professor Patricia Burch!

“Improving Access to, Quality and the Effectiveness of Digital Instruction in K-12 Education”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

12:30-1:30 PM, Anneberg 303

Full Talk Flyer Here

May 2016

Lee Shulman joins MPES and LS for a brown bag talk, “What is “evidence” for the improvement of teaching and learning in an unscripted and highly contextualized world?”

The phrase “evidence-based” rolls off the tongue trippingly. Whether describing good medical practice, educational design, or management in business, experts insist that judgments and decisions be “evidence-based.” What distinguishes evidence from conjecture, speculation, anecdote or fantasy? Randomized control trials? Replication? Close connection to theory? Carefully following rules of data collection and analysis? Or can anything be called evidence in a world where claims for generalizability and broad transfer from research to practice are increasingly in doubt? In the colloquium, I will discuss how we get smarter in understanding and influencing the practical world of teaching and learning in schools and universities, museums and hospitals, summer camps and religious institutions. As we come to recognize how particular and even unique are the situations we confront with our pedagogies and our designs, how do we use, acquire, create or defend what counts as “evidence?”

See the full talk abstract here.

Lee Shulman, PhD – Stanford University

Thursday, May 19th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

Join MPES for “Motivational Profiles and Student Engagement: An Integrative Perspective” by Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
3-4 PM, Annenberg 303

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To watch the talk, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/87030094 

Please join MPES for “A Consideration of Risk and Opportunities for Resilience among Latino Adolescents in the U.S.”

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor
Foundation Professor
Arizona State University

Friday May 6th, 2016
11 AM – 12 PM (with a short Q & A period following the talk)
Annenberg 303

See the full talk flyer here

March 2016

MPES Hosts Professor Brian Jacob!

“Differentiated Accountability and Education Production: Evidence from NCLB Waivers”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016  – 2 PM to 3 PM

Annenberg Room 317

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February 2016

Join MPES for Joshua Danish’s Colloquium Presentation!

Thursday, February 18th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

Joshua Danish is an Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences at Indiana University. His research explores how people learn in rich activity systems with a focus on how students benefit from working with representations of their ideas such as drawings, computer simulations, and embodied skits. A primary focus of this work has been on how early elementary students can engage deeply with complex science ideas when the classroom activity builds upon their developmental strengths.

See the full talk abstract Here.

January 2016

MPES welcomes Kylie Peppler, Ph.D – Indiana University !

Talk time: Thursday, January 28th, 12:30-1:30pm, Annenberg 303

Kylie Peppler is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Peppler is an advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network and a member of the 2015 National Educational Technology Plan Committee sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout her career she has studied the creative uses of computer programming among youth communities and has focused most recently on the design and study of e-textile artifacts–fabric-based artifacts with embedded electronics sewn with conductive thread. This work has resulted in numerous publications, a new four-book curriculum through MIT Press, and a co-edited volume titled, Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-Textiles and Education, and has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Moore Foundation, Google, the US Department of Education, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Talk Flyer Here