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Presentation at the 2016 Learning Forward Annual Conference

Learning Forward announced that our proposal was accepted for the 2016 annual conference being held in Vancouver, Canada this year. Teacher Evaluation Specialist K.C. MacQueen will join Fort Wayne Community Schools’ (FWCS) Todd Cummings and Learning Forward’s Kay Psencik in

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Learning Forward Presentation Highlights Fort Wayne Partnership

This past December, Teacher Evaluation Specialist, K.C. MacQueen, presented at the annual Learning Forward conference. MacQueen presented alongside Fort Wayne Community Schools’ (FWCS) Todd Cummings and Laura Cain, and Learning Forward’s Kay Psencik. The presentation titled, “Implementing Inter-Rater Reliability in

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Kickstart your Calibration and Training with the Observation Engine Content Suite!

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Empirical Education has launched the latest and most exciting enhancement to our certification and calibration tool, Observation Engine™.  Our Content Suite is currently being used by two of our clients: Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Arkansas Equitable Access districts. Content Suite

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CEO Denis Newman Discusses the Use of Video in Observer Calibration and Research


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IES Releases New Empirical Education Report on Educator Effectiveness

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Our report just released by IES examines the statistical properties of Arizona’s new multiple-measure teacher evaluation model. The study used data from the pilot in 2012–13 to explore the relationships among the system’s component measures (teacher observations, student academic progress,

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Factor Analysis Shows Facets of Teaching

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The Empirical team has illustrated quantitatively what a lot of people have suspected. Basic classroom management, keeping things moving along, and the sense that the teacher is in control are most closely associated with achievement gains. We used teacher evaluation

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Steve Cantrell and Alecia from CCSSO talk about Observation Engine

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Observation Engine™ was featured in a CCSSO blog post about a February webinar regarding educator evaluation. The full blog post can be viewed here. Based on our work with the Gates Foundation on the MET Project, Steve Cantrell discussed Observation

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Presentation at LearningForward conference in December 2013

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Despite an unexpected ice storm in Dallas, Empirical Education and its partner, Tulsa Public Schools (TPS), presented a session titled “Using Data to Make Teacher Observations More Reliable” at the Learning Forward conference in December.  Teacher Evaluation Specialist K.C. MacQueen

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US ED Hosts Presentation of Observation Engine

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Jana Burk, Tulsa Public School’s Executive Director of Teacher/Leadership Effectiveness Initiative, and Denis Newman, CEO of Empirical Education, spoke with senior advisors at the U.S. Department of Education about findings and solutions for continual improvement of teacher quality. At an

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State Reports Show Almost All Teachers Are Effective or Highly So. Is This Good News?

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The New York Times recently picked up a story, originally reported in Education Week two months ago, that school systems using formal methods for classroom observation as part of their educator evaluations are giving all but a very small percent of teachers high

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