Herb Alpert Educational Village Symposium for Education Researchers and Reformers

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New Roads Schools’ research arm, the Center for Effective Learning (C4EL), at the vanguard of education reform, invites university guest presenters and education community to explore new directions in education research and advancement.

On October 26th, leaders in the field of education research and reform will gather at the Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica, CA, to discuss developments in education research that have implications for improving the nation’s schools and addressing the mandates of the federal Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation programs. Hosted by New Roads School’s Center for Effective Learning (C4EL), “New Directions in Educational Reform” features guest presenters Philip J. Kellman, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Human Perception Laboratory, University of Southern California (UCLA); Vandana Thadani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University; and William Saunders, Ph.D., Associate Research Psychologist, UCLA. The program also includes a presentation by C4EL Director and Master Teacher, Joe Wise, illustrating C4EL’s work to translate the latest research findings into effective classroom practices at New Roads School.

According to Joe Wise, “The symposium is the first in a planned series at the Herb Alpert Educational Village. Our goal is to bring together a powerful collaboration of experts in research and education to foster the implementation of innovative, effective practices leading to student success. In over thirty years of teaching in both public and private schools, I have not seen a time in which this type of dynamic and pragmatic collaboration held such exciting and far-reaching potential to positively affect teaching and learning outcomes.”

About the Herb Alpert Educational Village
The Herb Alpert Educational Village currently is under construction at the site of New Roads High School, on Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica. When complete, The Village will include C4EL; New Roads School’s High School and Santa Monica Middle School campuses; the New Visions Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovation in education; and a Performing Arts and Leadership Center with a 350-seat theater plus office and meeting space for non-profit organizations committed to educational innovation and advancement.

About the Center for Effective Learning (C4EL) and New Roads School
C4EL is the education research arm of New Roads School, exploring innovative ways to engage students in the lifelong learning process. C4EL has a history of leadership and collaboration in the fields of education reform and faculty development, including work with the National Science Foundation, NASA, UCLA’s Human Perceptions Laboratory and UCLA’s Center for Embedded Network Sensing (CENS).

New Roads School was founded in 1995 with a mission to provide quality, college preparatory, independent education to a population representing the broad diversity of Los Angeles. Currently, New Roads serves over 600 students, grades K-12, on three campuses in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Malibu, CA. With approximately 50% students of color, and approximately 50% of our students receiving need-based financial aid, New Roads is firmly committed, and uniquely positioned, to implement and assess novel educational approaches and interventions.

About the Presenters
Joseph Wise is the Director of C4EL and Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Assessment at New Roads School. In addition to 35 years in the classroom, Joe has extensive experience developing and integrating technology into K-12 classrooms in order to improve learning. Joe is a founding member of the Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group (LAPTAG), and is the Education/Public Outreach Manager for NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt.

Philip J. Kellman, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Cognitive Area in the Department of Psychology at UCLA, and is Director of the UCLA Human Perception Laboratory. A researcher in cognitive science, visual perception, and learning, he has held previous positions as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering at Swarthmore College; as a Senior Visiting Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center; and at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kellman is the founder and President of Insight Learning Technology, Inc., a computer-based learning company; and has won several national awards for scientific research.

Vandana Thadani, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. She has evaluated education technology initiatives in K-12 districts and in universities nationwide and focuses her research on the relationship among pedagogy, professional development, and student outcomes.

William Saunders, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Psychologist at UCLA. Formerly a high school teacher and Director of the Writing Project at UCLA, Dr. Saunders has, for the past twenty years, conducted research in the areas of literacy instruction, educating English learners, school improvement, and teacher collaboration.


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