Teacher Work Motivation
In the last few years, a team of doctoral students and I have studied teacher work motivation in a number of public charter schools. These schools volunteered to participate in a performance management system that required an intricate data dashboard on a variety of performance indicators and provided monetary bonuses for high performance. The management system was funded by the federal Teacher Incentive Fund initiative. So far we have produced conference papers and are now preparing manuscripts for publication (see under working papers).
Design-based School Improvement
This area of concentration consists of three parts.
1. As the director of the Leadership for Educational Equity Program, I have been instrumental in experimenting with Design Development Studies as the signature pedagogy of the program for the last 9 years. Out of this work, a team of doctoral students and I have written the book Design-based School Improvement: A Practical Guide (Harvard Education Press). We have collected data on our students’ learning process and are currently writing papers and manuscripts on these data.
2. For a year and a half now, we have engaged in a university-district partnership with a local school district. The partnership’s charge is to develop an intervention that fosters teachers’ professional learning around Common Core Standards and lesson planning, delivery, and analysis. At this point we have analyzed data from the first year, the fuzzy front-end of the design development.
3. We are just beginning a four year effort of training in, and researching, design-based school improvement with a consortium of five universities and their school partners in Chile.