Indiana University School of Education

  1. More than 200 educators participated in the third annual collaboration between Indiana University and a southern Indiana coalition of business, education, and community leaders to spread project-based learning (PBL) principles to area schools. "The PBL Academy" held a week-long session at Columbus Signature Academy New Tech High School June 13-17, following sessions on the IU Bloomington campus. The PBL Academy is a joint project of Indiana University and EcO15, an initiative of business, education and community leaders to advance K-12 education in a 10-county area in southeastern Indiana funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) and the I-STEM Resource Network are supporting the PBL Academy.

    The PBL Academy has grown out an effort by IU School of Education Mathematics Education Professor Catherine Brown. The ICHE funded "Math Matters" with around 50 teachers in 2009, expanding to add science curriculum last year with "Molecules Matter"--organized by IU College of Arts and Sciences Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Jill Robinson. More than 80 teachers participated in 2010. This year, around 215 teachers, administrators, and other educators have packed the sessions and others had to be turned away because of space limitations.

    "It is gratifying," Brown said. "It's a little nerve wracking to get up to this size this fast, but I think it speaks to the fact that there's kind of a self-evident benefit to using project based learning."

    "The growth was much more rapid than we anticipated, frankly," said Bob Abrams, facilitator with EcO15—short for "Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015. EcO15 covers Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Franklin and Switzerland counties.

    Teachers from those counties as well as Monroe, Brown, and Lake Counties are participating. "This region is becoming a very strong PBL community and we have some schools in this region that as a result of their experience with this PBL training workshop are converting themselves to some degree as PBL schools.

    Project-based learning is a teaching and learning method that encourages students to drive their learning by using inquiry and technology to investigate a project. Such projects can range across several disciplines. Proponents say the students work in a more realistic or "real-world" fashion while also absorbing material more readily because of their interest and engagement with the project.

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  2. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education granted the IU School of Education at IUPUI $1.5 million dollars to form a partnership between the School of Education and the Indianapolis Public Schools, funding a project to better prepare new teachers, develop skills of current teachers, and revise college faculty teaching methods for teaching English language learners. Fifty-five elementary, middle, and secondary teachers from three schools took part in addition to the 29 faculty members in teacher education. The project directed by associate professor of language education Annela Teemant is beginning to report data, and the signs are encouraging. “It’s changing how they teach every child,” Teemant said. “These standards have been shown to be pivotally important for English language learners, but they work for all learners.”

    The key is instruction based around 5 standards for effective pedagogy. The standards promote use of collaborative products and activities, emphasizing language and literacy development, placing the learning in context students can understand, creating challenging activities, and teaching through conversations with the students. Teachers avoid a “stand and deliver” lecture. Teemant worked with a designated “coach” who met with teachers 7 times across the school year to conduct “instructional coaching,” emphasizing teachers’ work to transform their classroom methods and curriculum. “And what we’re seeing is dramatic transformation in the classroom,” Teemant said.

    Before the program, participating elementary teachers spent two-thirds of classroom time in lecture mode—a large group configuration. “Only 25 percent of the time were students actually asked to read, write, speak,” Teemant said. “So in those conditions, it’s very hard for a student to gain English proficiency.” After a year of coaching, teachers spent 83 percent of their time in small groups—ones emphasizing the effective pedagogical standards. Following up a year after the change, the elementary teachers—measured on a quantitative scale—still maintained the new method.

    Teemant said sustaining the changeover has been a little more difficult at the secondary level and preliminary data indicates more coaching sessions may be needed for high school teachers. While the methods are generally tied to better student achievement, specific findings from this study are still to come.

    This video introduces some of the teachers at Meredith Nicholson Elementary (IPS #96) in Indianapolis, who talk about how the program has positively influenced or completely changed their teaching methods. You’ll see one of the first meetings of the teachers when the program began, hear the teachers’ thoughts about what it might mean and what it’s become. Teemant speaks about how this professional development program may evolve.

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  3. This is a session called "Evidence-Based Sentencing to Improve Public Safety and Reduce Recidivism," by Judge Roger K. Warren, President Emeritus of the National Center for State Courts. The session is from the Summit for Evidence-Based Practices, held May 19 and 20, 2011 in Indianapolis. Representatives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP) at Indiana University, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and community corrections personnel from around the state and region gathered for the event. More than 900 attended.

    The event is the latest event to focus on evidence-based practice in community corrections, a method of evaluating practices in community corrections to determine which ones produce best outcomes. The CEBP has held a few conferences since forming in 2009 as a collaboration between the IDOC and the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies (CAFS) in the IU School of Education. It is an effort combining ongoing research into best practices with in-field assistance and professional development for those conducting community corrections programs.

    The conference was co-sponsored by CEPB, IDOC, and the Indiana Judicial Center -- the agency of Indiana state government that provides training and technical assistance to probation departments and oversees the certification requirements for probation officers.

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  4. This is a session called "Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Moving Beyond 'Principles' to the Study of Outcomes," by Tom Sexton, Director of the Center for Adolescent and Family studies at the IU School of Education in Bloomington. The session is from the Summit for Evidence-Based Practices, held May 19 and 20, 2011 in Indianapolis. Representatives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP) at Indiana University, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and community corrections personnel from around the state and region gathered for the event. More than 900 attended.

    The event is the latest event to focus on evidence-based practice in community corrections, a method of evaluating practices in community corrections to determine which ones produce best outcomes. The CEBP has held a few conferences since forming in 2009 as a collaboration between the IDOC and the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies (CAFS) in the IU School of Education. It is an effort combining ongoing research into best practices with in-field assistance and professional development for those conducting community corrections programs.

    The conference was co-sponsored by CEPB, IDOC, and the Indiana Judicial Center -- the agency of Indiana state government that provides training and technical assistance to probation departments and oversees the certification requirements for probation officers.

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  5. This is a session called "Indiana's New Risk Assessment Systems Development & Validation," by Edward J. Latessa, Professor and director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. The session is from the Summit for Evidence-Based Practices, held May 19 and 20, 2011 in Indianapolis. Representatives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP) at Indiana University, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and community corrections personnel from around the state and region gathered for the event. More than 900 attended.

    The event is the latest event to focus on evidence-based practice in community corrections, a method of evaluating practices in community corrections to determine which ones produce best outcomes. The CEBP has held a few conferences since forming in 2009 as a collaboration between the IDOC and the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies (CAFS) in the IU School of Education. It is an effort combining ongoing research into best practices with in-field assistance and professional development for those conducting community corrections programs.

    The conference was co-sponsored by CEPB, IDOC, and the Indiana Judicial Center -- the agency of Indiana state government that provides training and technical assistance to probation departments and oversees the certification requirements for probation officers.

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