Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Interview: Education, Success, and What Really Works - Dan Willingham and Doug Lemov

Join me today, Tuesday, May 28th, for an unique live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with authors Dan Willingham and Doug Lemov to talk about education, success, and what really works. Please note that this show is earlier in the day than usual.

In When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education, psychology professor and returning guest Dan Willingham laments that "the last fifty years have encapsulated a flood of educational quackery and nostrums. The innovation and implementation continues, while teachers, administrators, and policymakers have a hard time separating the wheat from the chaff. What makes this so difficult for individuals in the American educational system? They're on their own. There is no research team to evaluate every new idea. But there is pressure to effect change through these innovations." Dan offers a four-step process for discerning which of the latest educational models, programs, and approaches are actually worthy of attention.

Doug Lemov, author of best-selling Teach Like a Champion, joins us as well to discuss his newest book, Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better. Doug and his co-authors want to put the art of practice "front and center," and show that "anyone, in any field, can come to appreciate that practice... makes champions," and that "deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolution our most important activities."

Date: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-05-28.1412.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/willinghamlemov.mp3 and http://www.futureofeducation.com.

Daniel T. Willingham is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. Until about 2000, his research focused solely on the brain basis of learning and memory. Today, all of his research concerns the application of cognitive psychology to K–12 education. He writes the “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” column for American Educator magazine and is the author of Why Don’t Students Like School? (Jossey-Bass, 2009). His writing on education has been translated into ten languages. To learn more, go to http://www.danielwillingham.com.

Doug Lemov’s highly influential first book, Teach Like a Champion, was based on his study of top teachers in high-poverty public schools. He uses what he learned watching great teachers work their magic to train educators as part of his work at Uncommon Schools, the nonprofit school management organization he helped found. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. To learn more, go to www.teachlikeachampion.com.

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