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November 2018 Newsletter


November seems to have flown by in a flash. The winter solstice and the holiday season are now just around the corner. Our November newsletter offers Wing Institute Knowledge Network members one Wing Institute original paper on Teacher Coaching. Additionally, we offer five news items we hope are of interest to our colleagues: Does training mindfulness have a positive impact on critical student outcomes?, What is the impact of small group tutoring?, What research revels about publication bias in the field of education?, Poverty and School Performance, and Changing Demographics in the Teacher Work Force.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
The Wing Institute

Wing Original Papers

Teacher Coaching Overview

Research provides convincing evidence that teachers wield great influence over student outcomes. To leverage this fact, pre-service and in-service programs must use pedagogical techniques offering the greatest likelihood that teachers will master and apply these critical competencies on the job. Research shows that coaching is the most efficacious way to accomplish this goal. By far, coaching outperforms didactic instruction, the most commonly used technique. Read More

Cleaver, S., Detrich, R. & States, J. (2018). Overview of Teacher Evaluation. Oakland, CA: The Wing Institute.


What one study tells us about publication bias in studies published the field of education?

The purpose of the present study is to estimate the extent to which publication bias is present in a education and special education journals. Meta-analyses are increasingly used as the basis for making educational decisions. Research suggests that publication bias continues to exist in meta-analyses that are published. Read More

What is the impact of small group tutoring on student math achievement?

Tutor Trust: Affordable Primary Tuition: Evaluation report and executive summary November 2018. The purpose of this study is the examination of low-cost interventions to improve the performance of disadvantaged students. The intervention was designed to improve the performance of students by providing small-group tutoring sessions. The selected students who participated in tutoring received 12 hours of additional instruction for 12 weeks. The students were tutored in groups of three by trained university students and recent graduates. Read More

Does training in mindfulness has a positive impact on important students outcomes?


Research Review: The effects of mindfulness‐based interventions on cognition and mental health in children and adolescents – a meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials.  The purpose of this meta-analysis is to examine the impact of mindfulness training on students. Mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) are an increasingly popular way designed to improve the behavioral, cognitive and mental health outcomes of children. Given its popularity, it is important to examine randomized controlled trials (RCT) on mindfulness. Read More

Poverty and School Performance


Evaluating the Relationships Between Poverty and School Performance. One of the most critical issues facing K-12 education is the impact that poverty has on school performance. This study first examines school performance using traditional metrics for school poverty levels (percent of student body that qualify for free and reduced lunch: FRL) and school performance (school achievement based on the aggregate test scores of its student body). The results support prior research documenting the negative relationship between the level of poverty in a school and student achievement (the higher the poverty the lower the achievement). However, when replacing the student achievement metric with a student growth metric, the relationship is significantly different. Read More

Changing Demographics in the Teacher Work Force


Seven Trends:  The Transformation of the Teaching Force—Updated October 2018. Teachers play a crucial role in education, make up one of the largest workforces in the country, and require significant resources to support. As a result, tracking trends and changes in the demographic characteristics becomes critically important as education systems allocate existing resources and plan for the future. This study examines the most recent data from staffing surveys conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as well as those going back to 1987. It concludes that over the last three decades the teaching force has become: 1) larger, 2) grayer, 3) greener, 4) more female, 5) more diverse by race-ethnicity, 6) consistent in academic ability, and 7) unstable. It also calls for more research as to the reasons for these trends and their implications and consequences.  Read More

Conference Presentations

Wing Powerpoint Presentations


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