Should We Trust "What the Research Says"? How to Evaluate Claims

Education programs, policies, and practices are often justified by saying “the research says”. The goal of this session is to help the audience become familiar with different ways of assessing such claims. We’ll discuss 1) examples of research claims commonly seen in professional development settings, 2) what questions to consider, and 3) what to look for when evaluating other studies.

Cara Jackson

Senior Associate, Abt Associates

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

On China - The View From Within

Joy is a Shanghainese native who grew up in China in the 70s, then went on to live in the UK and Germany during her early 20s. She returned to China in 2002 and witnessed its extraordinary economic development in the past two decades.

China’s rise has often been met with alarm and skepticism in the West, especially after more than three years of Covid restrictions and heightened geopolitical tensions.

This session seeks to provide a personal perspective of everyday life in this emerging global superpower.

Joy Qiao

Founder, Wellington College China

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

CANCELLED - LADDER-An Evidence-Based Framework for Teacher Engagement and Retention

Teacher engagement and retention are hot topics in the field of education. There is a great deal of research that helps us to identify the problem, but very few solutions exist. Join the LSU LDI research team as they share an innovative intervention used to increase teacher engagement and retention with proven results.

Leslie Blanchard

Executive Dir of Leadership and Human Resource Development, Louisiana State University

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Using video technology to be an adaptive mentor and coach to teachers

To begin with, the session will outline some recent research that IRIS Connect have collaborated on with Teachstone, which proves that video coaching has a huge impact on student outcomes, before exploring high leverage strategies coaches can implement using video to really make a difference in teacher instruction. All the strategies and research are underpinned by cognitive science, in particular the expertise reversal effect, and the session will discuss support with video along a continuum, where teachers at all stages of their career can improve their practice.

Haili Hughes

Principal Lecturer and Director of Education, University of Sunderland and IRIS Connect

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Using Action Research Cycles to Drive Change

Action Research provides a powerful framework for educators to conceptualize, frame, and implement change initiatives within their respective settings. This session will highlight three different projects that have made use of the action research framework: rethinking lower school scheduling, improving self-advocacy skills in ninth grade, and developing a curricular review framework that emphasizes equity and inclusion.

Kurt Prescott

Humanities Instructor, Maret School

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.