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April 2019 Newsletter

Dear Knowledge Network members,  

This month we have one original Wing Institute paper, Performance Feedback Overview. The lead author on this paper is Samantha Cleaver. Samantha has been a wonderful addition to the stable of Wing Institute writers. We would like to take this time to acknowledge her contributions over the past year. 

This newsletter also includes summaries from four studies that we hope you will find of interest. This research includes work on national teacher certification, the impact of charter schools, effective use of web based resources, and principal preparation. 


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Wing Original Papers

Performance Feedback Overview

Performance feedback is used to improve performance. Principals give feedback to teachers to clarify expectations and to provide information for increasing administrative, instructional, behavior management, and personal competency skills. More than seven meta-analyses conducted since 1980 support feedback as one of the most powerful tools for improving performance. For the best results, feedback must meet these four conditions: (1) It is objective, reliable, measurable, and specific; (2) it provides information about what was done well, what needs improvement, and how to improve; (3) it is delivered frequently and immediately following performance; and (4) it is about performance rather than personal characteristics.  Read more


Wing Institute RFP for the 2019 Student Research Grant 

The Wing Institute is happy to announce our request for research proposals for students who are interested in receiving the Wing Institute's annual research grant. Past recipients have gone on to conduct notable research furthering the field of evidence-based education. Award winners research can be found at

  1. The purpose of the Graduate Research Funding is to:

  1. Sponsor and promote new research in areas of evidence-based education, including: efficacy research, effectiveness research, implementation, and monitoring

  2. Sponsor and promote new research across disciplines, types of research, and venues

  3. Encourage graduate students to focus their future professional work in this subject area, increasing the number of professionals dedicated to the field of evidence-based education

  4. Disseminate research findings for application in real world” settings, further bridging the gap between research and practice. Read More

Funding: The maximum grant is $5,000. 
Applications available: Immediately
Application deadline: May 15, 2019
Funding decisions: June 15, 2019

Application instructions 


Does the national certification of teachers have an impact on student outcomes?


What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. NBPTS was established in 1987 to foster “high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do” (NBPTS mission statement). As a voluntary national system, NBPTS certifies that a teacher has taught in the field and meets certification requirements for best practices for instruction and pedagogy. The standards reflect five core propositions: (1) effective teachers are committed to students and their learning, (2) effective teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students, (3) effective teachers manage and monitor student learning, (4) effective teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience, and (5) effective teachers are members of learning communities. Read More

How does attending a charter school impact college outcomes?


The Effect of Team-Based Learning on Content Knowledge: A Meta-Analysis.Do Charter Middle Schools Improve Students’ College Outcomes?  This study examines the impact of Charter schools on college enrollment. The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) used college enrollment and completion data for students who (more than a decade ago) entered lotteries to be admitted to 31 charter middle schools across the United States. College outcomes were compared for 1,723 randomly selected “lottery winners” and 1,150 randomly selected “lottery losers”. Read More

How can web-based resources be used more effectively?


Proceed With Caution: Using Web-Based Resources for Instructing Students With and at Risk for EBD. This article examines issues relating to the use of websites popular with educators. Today educators often rely on social media platforms such as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for information for solving problems encountered in the classroom. These sites can offer teachers helpful information, but also come with potential risks that educators need to consider when utilizing such resources. Read More

How effective is the Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI)?


Principal Pipeline:  A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools. The Rand Corporation just released its report evaluating the impact of the Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI), a project supported by the Wallace Foundation to create and implement a strategic process for school leadership talent management. PPI was operated from 2011 to 2016 in six large school districts. It was composed of leadership standards, pre-service preparation opportunities for assistant principals and principals, selective hiring and placement, and on-the-job induction, evaluation and support. The Rand Study evaluated PPI’s feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability. Read More

Recruiting Education Writers


Wing Institute 
Search for Education Research Writers

The Wing Institute is recruiting contract-based content writers in the field of evidence-based education. 
We are looking for professionals who can:
1) conduct literature reviews;
2) analyze the relevant data, research, and policies; and 
3) write succinct overviews for publication on our web site.
  • Positions to be filled by July 1, 2019.
  • Please send resume to Jack States at the Wing Institute:
Research topics will focus on the eight education drivers associated with student achievement and success in school. These drivers encompass essential practices, procedures, resources, and management strategies. Specific topics include but are not limited to:  skills for effective teaching, effective teacher training, quality of leadership, and external influences affecting student outcomes.
Those interested must be able to analyze both the quality and quantity of evidence studies to determine if current research meets a threshold of evidence for providing information to support the work of educators.
Criteria for inclusion is based on:
  • Quality: A continua of evidence prioritizing well designed randomized trials and single subject designed studies.
  • Quantity: A continua of evidence spotlighting meta-analyses and replications of single subject designed studies.
Each Overview consists of a summary of the research, graphics as needed, and citations, and supporting conclusions.
  • $2,000 for each Overview (2,500-5,000 words)
  • Author’s name on the publication
  • Working with other professional is the field of evidence-based education
  • Work with internal teams to obtain an in-depth understanding of evidence-based research.
  • Work remotely and supply your own equipment (computer)
  • Plan, develop, organize, write the above documents.
  • Analyze documents to maintain continuity of style of content and consistency with prior Wing Institute documents.
  • Recommend updates and revisions derived from updates in research.
  • Master’s degree in Education, Behavior Analysis, English, Psychology, Communication, or related degrees, is required.
Ability to deliver high quality documentation
  • Ability to communicate complex or technical information easily
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to write from the perspective of education policy makers, school administrators, teachers, and parents

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