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CASTL Gears Up for Spring Professional Conferences


Researchers at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) are kicking off a busy spring of professional conferences and research presentations. This week, key researchers and graduate students are attending the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) conference in Washington DC.

SREE is dedicated to improving the rigor and quality of educational research. This aligns well with CASTL’s mission of advancing the quality and impact of teaching through scientific study in educational settings from infancy to higher education.

The theme for the spring SREE conference is “Capitalizing on Contradiction: Learning from Mixed Results.” Presenters are encouraged to step back from the specific details of individual studies to consider the lessons learned across multiple initiatives, programs, and interventions.

Jason Downer, CASTL Director and a research associate professor is leading a presentation titled “Coaching Quality and Teachers’ Implementation of the 4Rs Social-Emotional and Literacy Curriculum: Testing the Link between Two Levels of Intervention Fidelity” along with his team that includes Megan Stuhlman (CASTL research scientist), Manuela Jimenez Herrera (CASTL graduate student), and Kyle Bourassa (CASTL project assistant).

Sara Rimm-Kaufman, director of CASTL’s Social Development Lab, and her colleagues will be leading a number of presentations relating to their research on the fidelity of implementing the Responsive Classroom Approach and high quality classroom instruction.

Other CASTL presenters at SREE include Sonia Cabell (CASTL research scientist), Robert Pianta (CASTL Founding Director), Jamie DeCoster (CASTL senior scientist), and Carol Paxton (CASTL graduate student).

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