Announcements

September 2009

September 2009

The first speaker for our 2009-2010 Learning Policy Center Colloquium Series - Preparing Students for Life Beyond K-12 - is Allan Collins.

Dr. Collins’ talk will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, from 3 to 4:30pm in the Glaser Auditorium in the Learning Research and Development Center (2nd Floor). A reception will follow on the 9th floor from 4:30 to 6pm.

Dr. Collins is Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His talk, entitled "Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology," is based on his just-published book by the same name. In the talk, he will discuss how people are learning with the aid of new technologies and how these new technologies are changing the way we think about education. He will also discuss what these changes mean for a new kind of educational leadership and government. For more information about this event, click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

April 2009

Research for Practice One Day Conference to be Held on April 30, 2009

Research for Practice One Day Conference to be Held on April 30, 2009

The Learning Research and Development Center along with the LPC will host a Research For Practice conference on Thursday, April 30th. The conference will feature the country’s leading voices on how to configure the relationship between research and the improvement of educational practices. Speakers include:

  • Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst (Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and former Director of the Institute for Education Sciences);
  • Anthony Bryk (President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching);
  • Vivian Tseng (Program Officer, William T. Grant Foundation);
  • Cynthia Coburn (University of California, Berkeley);
  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy (Director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources); and
  • Michael Feuer (Executive Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, The National Academies).

The Research for Practice one-day conference will be streamed live on the web from the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center. Audience members who tune in for the live webcast will be able to post their questions online during the talks. For more information on the conference schedule and times for live webcasts of all presentations, go to: http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/eventsnconferences/research_practice_conf.php

March 2009

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Continues with Alan Lesgold on April 2, 2009

Alan Lesgold is professor and dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and also professor of psychology and intelligent systems. In his presentation, he will discuss the virtually ubiquitous belief that American schools are not preparing students adequately for citizenship and a productive life in the 21st century. Within this context, Alan will discuss (i) the nature of productive work in a world where computers can do any task we fully understand, (ii) the implications of this reality for schooling, and (iii) why the New Standards Project Applied Learning Standards have had so little influence on education. For more information on Alan Lesgold and his upcoming presentation, click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

February 2009

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Continues with Richard Rothstein on March 3, 2009

Richard Rothstein was the national education columnist of The New York Times from 1999-2002. He is currently a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute, and is coming to the Learning Policy Center to deliver a talk entitled "Getting Accountability Right". Rothstein contends that we should hold public schools accountable for effectively spending the vast funds with which they have been entrusted. But instead of grading a school’s progress in just math and reading (No Child Left Behind), we should hold schools accountable for the broad outcomes we expect from public education - basic knowledge and skills, critical thinking, an appreciation of the arts, physical and emotional health, and preparation for skilled employment - and then develop the means to measure, and ensure, schools’ success in achieving them. In this talk, based on his new book, Grading Education (http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/books_grading_education), Richard Rothstein will describes a new kind of accountability plan for public education, one that relies upon both higher-quality testing and professional evaluation.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

January 2009

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Continues with Michael Cohen on February 12, 2009

Michael Cohen is a nationally recognized leader in education policy and standards-based reform. He has been the President of Achieve since 2003. Michael is coming to the Learning Policy Center to discuss why many young people earn a high school diploma but lack the fundamental academic skills to be prepared for postsecondary education and 21st century careers. One of the key contributing factors is the gap between the expectations for high school graduation and the real world demands students face after completing high school. To this end, the The American Diploma Project (ADP) Network was formed in 2005 to help states close this gap and improve postsecondary preparation. Michael’s talk, "Improving Postsecondary Preparation: Lessons from the American Diploma Project Network", will provide an overview of the ADP policy agenda and the progress states are making in addressing it. For an abstract of the presentation along with a brief bio for Michael Cohen, click here

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.