DeMarzo Lecture Series on Teaching Excellence

Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

We cordially invite you to the fifth annual DeMarzo Lecture Series on Teaching Excellence. This lecture series features outstanding scholars addressing a broad range of issues around teaching. Dr. William Penuel, Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, will give this year’s lecture.

Dr. Penuel’s current research examines conditions needed to implement rigorous, responsive, and equitable teaching practices in STEM education. Additionally, Dr. Penuel and his colleagues are developing and testing new models for supporting implementation through long-term partnerships between educators and researchers. Currently, Penuel has partnerships with large school districts and a national association of state science coordinators focused on implementing the vision of science education outlined in a Framework for K–12 Science Education. As a co-Principal Investigator of the Research+Practice Collaboratory, he is developing resources to help people build and sustain research-practice partnerships. Penuel is currently Principal Investigator for the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. The abstract for Dr. Penuel’s talk is below:

Building a Coherent and Equitable System of Assessments in Science in a District:

A Partnership Approach

One of the challenges to improving teaching is the incoherent guidance teachers must interpret about what and how to teach. Guidance regarding assessment is especially important to teachers in signaling what is important to teach and either limiting or inviting risk taking. In this talk, Professor Penuel will describe the ongoing efforts of a research-practice partnership between Denver Public Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder to create a more coherent and equitable system of classroom and district-based assessments of students in science. The focus of work has been on developing assessments of three-dimensional science learning consistent with the Framework for K–12 Science Education and that also provide teachers with information about students’ interests and experiences they can use to inform their instruction and assess equity of engagement in the classroom. Through collaborative, design-based research efforts researchers and practitioners are learning together how to craft coherence in the assessment system of a large urban district.

We hope you will join us for this event on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy located at 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.  Dr. Penuel’s lecture is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm, and there will be a reception outside the lecture hall immediately following the lecture.

Seats are limited, so if you plan to attend this event, please RSVP by clicking here.

You can download the poster for this event here.  


Who to contact:

Colleen McDermott