Newly Launched "Doing What Works" Web Site Adds New Feature to Provide Best Practices to Educators to Encourage Girls in Math and Science
The U.S. Department of Education’s newly launched “Doing What Works” Web site today added a feature that will empower educators and administrators with research-based strategies to help boost the achievement levels of girls in math and science. The new “Doing What Works” feature brings online the recommendations outlined in “Encouraging Girls in Math and Science,” a previously released practice guide sponsored by the department’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
The “Doing What Works” site, http://dww.ed.gov, offers a user-friendly interface to quickly locate teaching practices that are supported by research evidence identified by IES, the department’s research arm, and similar organizations. In addition, it cites examples of possible ways, although not necessarily the only ways, this research may be used to help students reach their academic potential.
“Putting this information on our Doing What Works site is yet another way to make effective, research-based information available to our various audiences,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. “Good teaching is not a one-way street. The site uses engaging and interactive presentations to make the latest educational research come alive.”
Overall, the “Encouraging Girls in Math and Science” practice guide and the corresponding content on “Doing What Works” offers five recommendations: teach students that academic abilities are expandable and improvable; provide prescriptive, informational feedback; expose girls to female role models who have succeeded in math and science; create a classroom environment that sparks initial curiosity and fosters long-term interest in math and science; and provide spatial skills training.
Content on the site is organized into three areas:
Learn what works -- to help understand the research base behind the practices.
See how it works -- providing examples of schools and classrooms engaged in those practices, including engaging videos. And,
Do what works -- enabling users to access examples of tools and templates to implement their practices.
Also, in the near future, similar resources, in areas such as early childhood education, school restructuring, organizing instruction using principles emerging from cognitive science, and mathematics instruction will be added to the site.
The “Doing What Works” site is led by the department’s Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. Other offices and programs within the department also assist in the initiative.
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