Monday, March 18 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education continues this year’s “Policy Goes to School” lecture series on Monday, March 18 from 4 pm – 5 pm in room 1201 Education Building. David Blazar, Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland, will give the lecture “Tradeoffs and Challenges and ‘Good’ Teaching.” The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture series is hosted by Michael Gottfried, Tine Sloan, and the Department of Education.
Theories of teaching and learning have long emphasized the complex role teachers play in supporting students’ understanding of cognitively demanding academic content, as well as their social and emotional development in the classroom. Recent evidence from education research supports much of this theory but also highlights critical challenges and tradeoffs that teachers face in their practice. Using experimental data in which teachers were randomly assigned to class rosters, Blazar examines the extent that teachers who raise test scores are equally effective at engaging students in class. He further tracks the effect of these upper-elementary teachers on student outcomes into high school. He examines whether the cognitively demanding and “ambitious” teaching practices (e.g., Common Core State Standards of Mathematical Practice) that currently are emphasized for general education students are equally effective for English language learners and students with special education needs—both of whom require additional academic supports in the classroom. Findings can inform efforts to recruit and train teachers who are able to balance and excel at multiple teaching skills.