Former LRDC faculty members Michelene Chi and Jim Pellegrino were elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Announcement here.
“Do the Best Ideas (Really) Come from Conceptually Distant Sources of Inspiration?" authored by Chris Schunn, his former graduate student Joel Chan, and Steven Dow, has been awarded the Design Studies Award 2015. See their award and paper here.
Two of the three nominees for Best Student Paper at the 29th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference were first-authored by LRDC graduate students of Diane Litman. Wencan Luo,“Determining the Quality of a Student Reflective Response,” and Huy Nguyen, “Improving Argument Mining in Student Essays by Learning and Exploiting Argument Indicators versus Essay Topics.”
Institute for Learning to Hold National Conference in Pittsburgh May 11-13
When the Tennessee Department of Education wanted to train more than 30,000 teachers to implement the Common Core State Standards, the national initiative aimed at increasing the quality of education in mathematics and English language arts, the department reached out to the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh. The IFL’s distinctive approach to professional development is the centerpiece of its annual conference, “Collaboration: Key to Building Leadership and Instructional Capacity,” that will be held May 11-13 in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Hotel Monaco, 620 William Penn Pl.
Featured speakers for the three-day event include H. Richard Milner IV, the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education at Pitt, director of Pitt’s Center for Urban Education, and author of Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015). Milner is the 2016 recipient of the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award, which is awarded annually to scholars for connecting research and practice.
Also speaking are Elizabeth City, faculty director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at Harvard University and co-author of Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2014), and Adam Billing, founder of Treehouse Innovation, a consulting company that specializes in change leadership and has worked with clients such as eBay and the University of Cambridge.
Housed at Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center, the institute was founded in 1995 by Distinguished University Professor Lauren Resnick, who co-directs the IFL with School of Education Associate Dean Anthony Petrosky. The institute was created in response to requests from school districts across the country as they attempted to restructure themselves to respond to the demands for high standards in school for all students. Today, the IFL draws on the extensive experience of faculty in the School of Education and the multidisciplinary faculty expertise of LRDC and serves as a liaison between researchers at Pitt and working educators.
“There’s nothing quite like the IFL in the country,” said Resnick. “We really roll up our sleeves and get into the work. Many university-based initiatives work with local school districts, but, as far as I know, we’re the only one that works on such an extensive national level.”
Central to the institute’s success is the notion that fusing collaboration with innovation, research with practice, and learning with teaching is essential to innovation in education. The IFL delivers the most recent research about learning, principles of instruction, and professional development to schools across the country via a corps of senior educational practitioners who visit schools and work face-to-face with teachers and administrators.
In the News
Read Bob Hausmann’s blogabout cognitive science that’s geared toward educators. It is inspired by Dr. Glaser’s mission to improve education through the synergy between researchers and practitioners. In fact, a recent post is about Micki Chi’s work on self-explanation.
LearnLab and Pitt are mentioned in the Center for Digital Education article "Breaking Down the Silos in Student-Learning Research." Article here.
Klaus Libertus and co-authors’ Amy S. Joh and Amy Work Needham’s research “Motor training at 3 months affects object exploration 12 months later” is featured in two on-line sites:Slate.com, and the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest.
LRDC Research Scientist Marc Coutanche was quoted in the March 26 Today article “How Unconscious Memory Trip Us Up.”
Pil K. Frits, professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business and LRDC researcher, and his work on supply chains are mentioned in the Strategy+Business article "Your Business Needs an Extra Person." Article here
Compared to what? Variation in the impacts of Head Start by alternative child care setting. Feller, A., Grindal, T., Miratrix, L. & Page, L. C. (forthcoming). Annals of Applied Statistics. Article here.
Translation semantic variability: How semantic relatedness affects learning of translation-ambiguous words. (2016). Jenniver Bracken, Tamar Degani, Chelsea Eddington, and Natasha Tokowicz. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Article here.
Sit to Talk: Relation between Motor Skills and Language Development in Infancy. Libertus, K., Violi, D. A. (2016). Frontiers in Psychology. Article here.