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February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Knowledge Network members,  

We are slowly inching our way out of the dark days of late winter toward spring. We hope that wherever you are, you are warm and comfortable. Please pay special attention to the request for student research grant applications. This month we are offering summaries of five studies that we hope you will find of interest. This research ranges from school disciplinary interventions to evidence on the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs. 

"All scientific work is incomplete – whether it be observational or experimental. All scientific work is liable to be upset or modified by advancing knowledge. That does not confer upon us a freedom to ignore the knowledge we already have, or to postpone the action that it appears to demand at a given time." (Sir Austin Bradford Hill, 1965)

The Wing Institute

Wing Student Research Grant

Wing Institute Requests Applications for the 2019 Graduate Research Grants
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.
Funding: The maximum grant is $5,000. 
Applications available: Immediately
Application deadline: May 15, 2019
Funding decisions: June 15, 2019  Read More


An examination of one program designed to increase teacher praise.


Research has long supported the importance of teacher behavior specific praise in the classroom. This study examines the impact of a Teacher Versus Student Game, a program that is based upon The Good Behavior Game (GBG). GBG has been in use since 1967 and is an evidence-based behavioral classroom management strategy that helps children learn how to work together to create a positive learning environment. Pressure for teachers to show academic results is hindered by challenging student conduct. Maintaining control of student behavior is a critical factor in teacher’s ability to effectively deliver instruction that results in increased student academic outcomes. Read More

Is the US producing enough STEM students to meet the county’s needs?


STEM Performance and Supply: Assessing the Evidence for Education Policy.  Concerns the United States is not training a sufficient number of students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) has been of ongoing concern for policy makers for decades. This study examines the evidence and concludes that U.S. education system is producing ample supplies of students to respond to STEM labor market demand. Read More

How can education harness big data to benefit students?


Big Data and data science: A critical review of issues for educational research. Big data proliferates across a wide spectrum of fields in the 21stcentury. Education is no exception. This paper examines critical issues that must be considered to maximize the positive impact of big data and minimize negative effects that are currently encountered in other domains. This review of the topic is designed to raise awareness of these issues with particular attention paid to implications for educational research design in order that educators can develop the necessary policies and practices to address this complex phenomenon and its possible implications in the field of education. Read More

How valid are curriculum-based measures?


Meta-Analysis of Criterion Validity for Curriculum-Based Measurement in Written Language.  A shout out to one of the Wing Institute’s past student grant recipients, John Romig. A recent study in which he was the lead author, looks at valid measures of student progress as critical tools in effective and efficient progress monitoring. One of the most frequently adopted instruments is curriculum-based measures. Curriculum-based measures (CBM) have been used to assess student progress in reading, arithmetic, spelling, and writing. For CBM to be widely embraced these tools should meet standards for reliability and validity. This study examines the technical adequacy of curriculum-based measures for written language, one of the critical skills required for student success in school. Read More

What are the health impacts of student absenteeism?


The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a policy statement regarding the negative impact that chronic student absenteeism has on children’s health.  They cite numerous ways the two are linked.  First, evidence clearly documents that chronic absenteeism puts children at a much higher risk of dropping out of school and not graduating. There is a significant amount of research associating poor school performance (resulting in lower education attainment) and poor adult health outcomes, including increased mortality risk and lower life expectancy.  The act of missing school itself is also linked to increased risk behaviors, including alcohol consumption, drug use, smoking and risky sexual behavior. Read More

Conference Presentations

Wing Powerpoint Presentations


We appreciate your interest in our activities and hope you find this information of interest. Read More

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