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Evaluating Edtech Programs at the Schoolwide Performance Level
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Presented by Andrew R. Coulson, Chief Data Science Officer, MIND Research Institute
Hosted by Brian LeTendre, Director of Content and Communications, MIND Research Institute
Sponsored by MIND Research Institute
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Every edtech program has a study to point to that demonstrates proof that it works. But as educators, how do you know that a program will work for a school like yours, with students like yours, in circumstances like yours?
As educators and administrators demand more from edtech evaluation, the landscape is changing and evolving into a continuous improvement cycle for edtech programs. In this edWebinar, Mr. Coulson covers how researchers can look for consistent patterns over multiple years, across grade levels, and especially across different types of districts and assessments. He discusses a recent study that successfully evaluated program results by 42,000 students at 239 schools across 14 states and how the study methodology could be replicated.
Viewers will learn more about what to look for in edtech evaluation and will have key takeaways about how edtech research can be – in the words of IES Director Mark Schneider – “useful, usable, and used.” This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to preK through junior high teachers and school and district leaders.
About the Presenter
Andrew Coulson, Chief Data Science Officer at MIND Research Institute, leads a team of data analysts to conduct evaluations of student and teacher usage and outcomes of ST Math. He previously led MIND’s education division for 12 years, where he helped to execute strategies to scale the organization’s reach to over one million students. Prior to joining MIND, Coulson was the first education program officer for a major Orange County foundation and also worked for 17 years in upper management in high-tech manufacturing engineering. Coulson holds a master’s degree in physics from UCLA.
About the Host
Brian LeTendre serves as Director of Content and Communications at MIND Research Institute. In addition to orchestrating content for MIND, he is an author, podcaster, and avid gamer.
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MIND Research Institute is a nonprofit, social impact organization committed to transforming education for all learners. MIND’s flagship program, ST Math, is a preK-8 visual instructional program that leverages the brain’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability. ST Math’s unique, patented approach provides students with more equitable access to deep conceptual learning.