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informEd’s July 12 on-line article, “Here’s What Learners Have to Say About Student Engagement” features LRDC research scientist Ming-Te Wang’s studies of engagement, emotion, and cognition. Article here.

New Grants

Two new IES grants have been awarded for the following projects: For Argument’s Sake: Applying Questioning the Author Techniques to Support Comprehension and Composition of Written Argument (PI: Amy Crosson; Co-PI’s: Moddy McKeown, Lindsay Matsumura, Rip Correnti) and Returning to Our Roots: Development of a Morphology Intervention to Bolster Academic Vocabulary Knowledge for Adolescent English Learners (PI: Amy Crosson; Co-PI: Moddy McKeown)

Jennifer Iriti (PI) has been awarded a grant by the United Way of Allegheny County to lead an impact evaluation study of the "Be a Middle School Mentor" program (a joint effort of the United Way and Pittsburgh Public Schools). She has also been awarded a grant by the Pittsburgh Promise, a postsecondary scholarship program, to analyze the postsecondary retention, persistence, and degree attainment of its scholars. 

New Publications

Collaborative professional development to create cognitively demanding tasks in English language arts. Mihalakis, V. & Petrosky, A. (2015).  In Supovitz, J. & Spillane, J. (Eds.).  Challenging standards:  Navigating conflict and building capacity in the era of the common core. New York, NY:  Rowman & Littlefield. Chapter here.

Sequencing kinds of academically productive talk in English language arts. Mihalakis, V., Petrosky, A., & McConachie, S. M. (2015).  In Resnick, L.B., Asterhan, C. & Clarke, S.N. (Eds.) Socializing Intelligence Through Talk and Dialogue.  Washington, DC:  AERA.

Stay late or start early? Experimental evidence on the benefits of college matriculation support from high schools versus colleges. Castlemana, B. L., Owen, L., & Page, L. C. (2015). Economics of Education Review, 47, 168-179. Article here.


Defense Talk
July 21, 10:30 am, 336B Baker Hall, CMU
Xiaonan Liu, Carnegie Mellon University, presents "What are the Neural Mechanisms underlying Learning from Tests?"

eBrain Workshop Series
​July 22, August 5, August 26, noon, (Location: Crabtree 109)
Save the dates for a special series of eBrain workshops this summer focused on brain reserve and compensation. More details at (the eBrain Workshop is listed at the middle of the page).

NEW: Perfetti Lab Meeting
July 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am, 408 LRDC
Please note this is RESCHEDULED from the original meeting that was planned for the 21st. Wendy Chang will be presenting some findings from her Chinese characters training method study.



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