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Using Research to Improve Education: Resources to Explore over the Summer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Research to Improve Education

Presented by Babe Liberman, Research Project Manager; Sierra Gibson, Research Associate; and Vic Vuchic, Executive Director, Learner Positioning System
Hosted by Barbara Pape, Communications Director, Learner Positioning System
Sponsored by Digital Promise



If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate, within 24 hours of the edWebinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Research and Evidence in Edtech  or Personalized Learning for All community and go to the edWebinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

The goal of this presentation is to provide educators, edtech developers, and researchers with free tools and resources to apply research to their practices. In this edWebinar, presenters from Digital Promise will share research-based tools and resources that support iterative improvements among instructional practices, school and district evaluation processes, and edtech development. They will answer the following questions:

  • How might educators access relevant, high-quality education research that helps them evaluate innovative programs and understand and address learner variability? How might researchers identify educational challenges that need further research?
  • How might educators, researchers, and product developers evaluate edtech implementation?
  • How might product developers use research to improve their product and meet the needs of the full diversity of learners?

Digital Promise works at the intersection of researchers, educators and edtech developers. In this edWebinar, we will share how several Digital Promise and Digital Promise Global initiatives strive to connect all three. One initiative is the Research Map, a tool that connects education practitioners to over 100,000 learning sciences research articles that can help them shape powerful learning solutions for all students.

The presentation also reviews the Edtech Pilot Framework, a research-based process for conducting short cycle evaluations of innovative programs and practices. Additionally, the presenters will discuss the newly launched Learner Positioning System that translates learning sciences research into easily accessible Learner Models for product developers and educators. This session will benefit pre-K through high school educators, school and district leaders, edtech developers, and researchers. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.

About the Presenters

Babe Liberman manages the Research@Work project at Digital Promise, which aims to increase the use of research in the design, development, and implementation of education programs and practices. Previously, Babe worked at the Center for Childhood Creativity, the research and advisory division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, where she managed projects to help schools, libraries, media outlets and toy companies use the latest education and child development research findings to improve their work; and facilitated educational programs for children and families at several museums and cultural institutions. She holds a B.A. from Yale College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sierra GibsonAt Digital Promise, Sierra Gibson focuses on building districts’ and educators’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions around innovative programs and practices. In addition to conducting and supporting edtech pilot studies in collaboration with districts across the country, Sierra is also working on research projects studying technology integration to support low-resourced K12 students and adult learners. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Sierra was an applied behavior analysis instructor and curriculum coordinator at an autism center in New York. While working on her Master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also served as project manager and policy analyst for a nonprofit creating hybrid academic and SEL courses for students with Dyslexia and ADHD. Sierra received her B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College.

Vic VuchicVic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Promise Global, is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to Digital Promise Global, Vic consulted with a number of foundations and organizations on education technology, innovation, and philanthropy. Prior to consulting, Vic developed strategies and managed over $100 million in technology-focused grants at the Hewlett Foundation to launch and grow the Open Educational Resources movement and create and advance the Deeper Learning strategy.

Barbara PapeAbout the Host
Barbara Pape is the communications director for the Learner Positioning Systems (LPS) at Digital Promise Global (DPG). She has 20 years experience in strategic communications, writing, and policy analysis, primarily in education. Previously, she served as Executive Producer of the award-winning Teaching & Learning conference, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where she developed content and oversaw outreach and communications. As a writer, she has written for numerous publications, including Harvard University, the National Education Goals Panel (U.S. Department of Education) and Parents magazine. Barbara also served as editor and publisher of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. She earned an EdM at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and launched her career as a middle school language arts teacher.

Join the Research and Evidence in Edtech or Personalized Learning for All community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, view past edWebinars, take a quiz to receive a CE certificate for a past edWebinar, and access free resources.


Digital PromiseDigital Promise was created with the mission to accelerate innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn.


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