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"Research-Based Decision Making: The Case of a System-Wide Reading Approach," with Art Rainwater
How do real school districts use educational research to inform policy and district initiatives?
What is the role of data in decision-making around curriculum and teaching, for example?
Art Rainwater, former superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District and current faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, will look at the implementation of a system-wide reading approach as a way to understand the relationship between educational research and on-the-ground decision making.Art Rainwater's career in education spans 45 years.
Art retired from the Madison Metropolitan School District in 2008 after 14 years, serving the last 10 years as the district's Superintendent of Schools.During his K-12 educational career, he served as a teacher, coach, principal and central office administrator in several educational settings including both private and public schools.
A founding member of the Minority Student Achievement Network, Art's career emphasis has been on social justice issues and eliminating the predictability of student performance based on race and poverty.
Art currently continues work in education serving as a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis teaching in the areas of District Leadership and Educational Planning.
The Learning First framework provides a much-needed bridge between the current research in leadership and instruction and the day-to-day practice of leading a school. - Art Rainwater, Associate Visiting Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Retiring Superintendent Art Rainwater met with Dave in April.
Conversation regarding the recent MMSD / MTI collective bargaining agreement continues: Andy Hall wrote a useful summary, along with some budget numbers (this agreementi s56% of the MMSD's $339.6M budget): District negotiators headed by Superintendent Art Rainwater had sought to free up money for starting teachers' salaries by persuading the union to drop Wisconsin Physicians [...]
Superintendent Art Rainwater and board President Carol Carstensen would not speculate Tuesday on what programs could benefit, but board member Ruth Robarts said maintaining the Open Classroom program [...]
According to Mr. Rainwater, the place to look for evidence of a closing achievement gap is the comparison of the percentage of African American third graders who score at the lowest level of performance on statewide tests and the percentage of other racial groups scoring at that level.
He says that, after accounting for income differences, there is no gap associated with race at the lowest level of achievement in reading.
He made the same claim last year, telling the Wisconsin State Journal on September 24, 2004, "for those kids for whom an ability to read would prevent them from being successful, we've reduced that percentage very substantially, and basically, for all practical purposes, closed the gap".
Last Monday, he stated that the gap between percentages scoring at the lowest level "is the original gap" that the board set out to close.
Art Rainwater's Email regarding Reading First
Madison Schools Superintendent Art Rainwater sent me an email today regarding this paper.