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Investing in Innovation

To the New Congress

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Our children can't wait for better educational programs and practices. They need them now. This is something that all people of good will can agree on.

How Biased Measures Lead to False Conclusions

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

One hopeful development in evidence-based reform in education is the improvement in the quality of evaluations of educational programs. Despite these positive developments, there remain serious problems in some evaluations.

Are Proven Educational Innovations Ready for Prime Time?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Much as providing evidence of effectiveness is an advance in education, there is a real need for a determination of the degree to which programs are also ready for widespread implementation.

Promoting Proven Programs in Title I: The Bully Pulpit

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The greatest victory for evidence-based reform would be for the roughly 51,500 Title I schools to make far greater use of programs known to enhance student learning, benefitting millions of at-risk children throughout the U.S.

Thank You, Jim Shelton

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone who works to advance evidence-based reform in education was saddened to learn that Jim Shelton will be leaving the U.S. Department of Educ...

Lessons From Innovators: Calibrating Expectations for i3 Evaluation Results

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a...

Success in Evidence-Based Reform: The Importance of Failure

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

As always, Winston Churchill said it best: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." There is a similar Japane...

Lessons from Innovators: STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity (SLOPE)

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

Can Educational Innovations Go To National Scale?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In conversations about evidence-based reform, I often hear the objection that "we don't really know how to take proven innovations to scale" or that...

Lessons from Innovators: Erikson Institute's Early Math Initiative

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

Lessons from Innovators: Collaborative Strategic Reading

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has ...

How To Do Lots of High-Quality Educational Evaluations for Peanuts

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the greatest impediments to evidence-based reform in education is the difficulty and expense of doing large-scale randomized experiments. The...

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education: New York Times

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

If you live long enough, eventually you'll see everything, even a positive article about evidence-based reform in a major newspaper. In the Septembe...

Innovation in Education and Medicine

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Advocates of evidence-based reform in education can't help citing evidence-driven progress in medicine as an analogue to justify evidence-driven pro...

Lessons from Innovators: EDUCATION CONNECTION

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has ...

Do Clinical Trials Work in Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

A recent article in The New York Times asked a provocative question: Do clinical trials work? The article was written about clinical trials in medici...

Lessons from Innovators: Reading Recovery

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a...

Lessons from Innovators: The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has ...

Many Programs Meet New Evidence Standards

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the most common objections to evidence-based reform is that there are too few programs with strong evidence of effectiveness to start encourag...

Lessons from Innovators: Strategic Literacy Initiative

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a...

Taking a Charter Network to Scale: IDEA Public Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Today's post is based on a conversation between the Forum for Youth Investment and IDEA Public Schools' Chief Human Assets Officer Audrey Hooks. She describes IDEA's attempt to disseminate its guiding principles and knowledge, not just curriculum and materials.

What Schools Can Learn From McDonald's and Starbucks

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

One objection to the entire idea of scaling up proven programs is that 'a school is a lot more complex than a Starbucks.' Yes it is. But that very complexity should make schools more, not less, likely to seek reliable, replicable solutions to the parts of their complex task that can be solved.

Invest in What Works

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2013 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Wise use of federal resources is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a moral imperative, both in the bond of trust between taxpayers and government and in ensuring effective services to vulnerable young people.