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Thursday, February 7 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
What DOES the 'Research' Say? Six Research Studies in Sixty Minutes!

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Have you found yourself scrolling through Twitter and thinking, “I wonder what the research really says about that?” While it may not be 280 characters, this session will provide a brief overview and easy to use summaries of evidence-based research on the following topics: Homework, Class Size, Looping, Departmentalization, Instructional Coaching, and the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.

In a time when principals have little time, and may lack access to high-quality research, they are left making their best judgements based on a myriad of messages. Twitter is a great connecting platform, though it rarely leads to a deep analysis or understanding of the empirical research surrounding some of the most common issues or decisions principals face today. Should we abandon homework? How many student is really too many in a class? Is it a good idea to loop students from 2nd to 3rd grade? Should I let my 4th grade team “departmentalize”? Is the FTE we are spending on coaching really impacting student learning? Which screener should I be using for literacy? We will answer these questions through in a “speed learning” approach to look at the salient research that answers these questions. Participants will get a 5 minute overview on each topic, be provided with a brief “One Pager” summarizing the research with helpful implications for practice and links to the original research and additional resources, and have an opportunity to choose the topic of their choice to discuss more deeply with session participants.

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Kim Gibbons

Dr. Kim Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) located in Rush City, MN. SCRED has received national recognition... Read More →
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Katie Pekel

Dr. Katie Pekel is the Principal in Residence for the University of Minnesota where she teaches and advises as part of the graduate faculty, oversees the Minnesota Principals Academy, the Executive PhD program for educational leaders, the Urban Leadership Academy and coordinates Educational... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Bloomington Room