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News from May 2013

Nancy Scammacca Lewis to lead MCPER Summer Series on summarizing and communicating research results
May 21, 2013

Research methods expert Dr. Nancy Scammacca Lewis will lead this year's MCPER Summer Series: "Effectively Summarizing and Communicating Research Results." All of the following sessions begin at 11 a.m. in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418):

  • July 9: Statistics and Research Methods Primer
  • July 16: Synthesizing Research
  • July 23: Communicating Results Descriptively
  • July 30: Communicating the Practical Significance of Results
  • August 6: Communicating the Costs and Benefits of Interventions

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Lewis has worked on projects involving quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis, meta-analysis, program evaluation, survey construction, and survey data analysis. Her expertise includes advanced statistical techniques such as hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and regression-discontinuity analysis. She has a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.A. in program evaluation from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an M.A. in clinical psychology from Wheaton College and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.

Eight schools selected to receive targeted support through Middle School Matters Institute
May 7, 2013

MCPER and the George W. Bush Institute are pleased to announce that eight schools have been selected to participate in the Middle School Matters Institute. Of the 44 schools that applied nationwide, the following were selected: 

  • Alpine Middle School of Alpine, Texas
  • Agnew Middle School of Mesquite, Texas
  • Ann Richards Middle School of Dallas, Texas
  • Lindale Junior High School of Lindale, Texas
  • Martin Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Revere Middle School of Houston, Texas
  • Roosevelt Middle School of Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, Texas

The schools will participate in the first annual MSMI Summer Conference from June 9 to 12 in Austin, Texas. At the conference, school leadership teams will attend sessions with top researchers and practitioners in the field of middle grades improvement. This guidance will help each school develop a Middle School Matters Implementation Plan tailored to its strengths and needs. Researchers will continue to support the schools throughout the year. Three of these eight schools will be selected to receive further, more intensive support for their Implementation Plan.

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MCPER researchers attend dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Center
May 1, 2013

Sarojani Mohammed and Christy Murray, directors of MCPER's Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI), and Sharon Vaughn, an MSMI fellow, congratulate the George W. Bush Institute on the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Mohammed, Murray, and Vaughn attended the dedication on April 25, and they were in good company. In addition to George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and all of the other living former presidents were in attendance: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. MSMI is part of the Bush Institute's Middle School Matters program.

Tags: Middle School Matters Institute