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An Evaluation of Scholastic Presents LitCamp in Schenectady City School District, NY

RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. Research Foundation

Topics in Focus
DigitalFoundational ReadingPhonemic AwarenessSummer Learning Independent ReadingSocial-emotional Learning

We Believe

Scholastic combines a 360-degree view of schools and families and ongoing dialogue with educators with independent, scientific, and objective research to quantify the impact of our products and services.

Grounded in a research foundation that draws on seminal work as well as contemporary research most relevant to today’s student body, our products and services are backed by evidence from rigorous research that provides the basis on which they were created, while laying the groundwork for future studies of impact.

Scholastic Research & Validation implements high-quality, well-designed, and meticulously executed research studies—utilizing treatment and control groups, large sample sizes, and diverse demographics—reflecting our commitment to serving every child. Exploring both the statistical and practical significance of our products and services, Scholastic Research & Validation is able to identify many of the factors that can influence students’ success while accounting for the challenges and supports encountered by students and communities outside of the school day. While conducting research, we take seriously the trust that schools and families place in Scholastic to not only provide answers about best practices, but also to protect their teaching and learning time during research activities.

Teachers need clarity not just on how our products and services work, but why they do. Underlying all our work is a commitment to researching best practices to prove the impact of our offerings, along with transparent, open, and meaningful dialogue with educators. Scholastic understands the challenges inherent in teaching and continuously seeks to elevate the voices of the teaching profession at large, and we care deeply about the ease of integrating our resources into a classroom’s existing routines. We are grateful for all we learn from our teacher-partners, and we use that insight to inform our research.

We listen to what keeps teachers up at night: wonderfully diverse students who overcome both social-emotional and academic challenges that affect classroom dynamics; ongoing national conversations around the role of educators; and ever-changing standards that deeply affect day-to-day instruction. Our teacher-partners expect the best from us, and with objective evaluation of our offerings, we are able to get the most effective products and services into classrooms, backed by scientific research to best meet all students’ needs, wherever and whoever they are.

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RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. Research Foundation

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

An Evaluation of Scholastic Presents LitCamp in Schenectady City School District, NY

INFOGRAPHIC

LitCamp Research in Schenectady, NY Infographic

TECHNICAL REPORT

Scholastic Reading Measure Reliability and Validity Study

INFOGRAPHIC

Make Summer Count Year 2 (SC) Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC

Summer Reading Spotlight: Stoughton, MA Year 2 Infographic

RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic Classroom Magazines Research Foundation

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: An Evaluation of Scholastic Presents LitCamp in Schenectady City School District, NY

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Case Study: How LitCamp Positively Impacted Students’ Literacy & Social-emotional Learning

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Addressing Summer Reading Loss: A Public Education Partners and Greenville County Schools Initiative Year 1 (SC)

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Addressing Summer Reading Loss: A Public Education Partners and Greenville County Schools Initiative Year 1 (SC)

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC Year 2

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC, and Stoughton, MA Year 2

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Stoughton, MA Year 2

INFOGRAPHIC

Make Summer Count Year 1 (SC) Infographic

LOGIC MODEL

Summer Learning Logic Model

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Scholastic Classroom Magazines Logic Model

LOGIC MODEL

LitCamp Logic Model


Mission

Scholastic is committed to instilling confidence in every educator by providing high-quality, evidence-based research on our robust suite of products and their underlying instructional methodology. In this context, we draw upon measurable data, our belief in educators as experts, our innate passion for elevating teacher voices, and our vast collective knowledge and experience in working directly with schools.

Our longstanding partnership with educators and families enables us to evaluate our offerings in ways that are meaningful and actionable for teachers and administrators–while remaining focused on ways to help students learn, grow, and thrive. Our classroom expertise and our focus on driving improvements, not just in student achievement but also in students’ beliefs about themselves as learners, requires a commitment to rigorous, leading-edge research through every step in our product lifecycles.

We are devoted to transparency, to partnership, and most of all, to enabling and ensuring success for the schools, students, and communities we are driven to serve.

Meet the Team

Michael Haggen

Chief Academic Officer
Scholastic Education

As Chief Academic Officer, Michael Haggen ensures that Scholastic is a comprehensive literacy partner to PreK–12 school districts nationwide, positioning the company to support educators and improve student learning through instructional materials, professional learning for teachers, family and community engagement initiatives, and consulting services. He began his career in the classroom as a teacher and then principal before becoming a leader at the district level. Notably, he developed and implemented a turnaround model for 30 schools in the St. Louis Public School system, helping to lead to that system's first accreditation in almost a decade; as Deputy Superintendent of New Orleans Recovery School District, Michael led the system-wide organization of an integrated learning supports program, designed to remove barriers to learning for students, including those returning home post-Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, driving significant changes to yield increases in academic performance in 70% percent of its schools.

Andrea A. Rizzo, Ph.D.

Senior Director
Scholastic Research & Validation

Dr. Andrea Rizzo is the Senior Director of the Scholastic Research & Validation team, where she leads the department’s research initiatives, considering the broader implications of the research and how knowledge gained can be used in ways that are meaningful and actionable for the students, educators, and communities we serve. A former educator and current expert in the education and research space, Andrea has 20 years of experience in classrooms and education- and research-based organizations and programs. Her varied and vast experiences have led to her keen understanding of the multiple perspectives in a school that can affect learning, enabling her to design and interpret research that incorporates the full scope of a classroom and ultimately deliver the best solutions for students. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Development Psychology from Fordham University and completed her post-graduate work at Harvard Graduate School of Education, in addition to earning a B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Maryland.

I. Yelee Jo

Director
Scholastic Research & Validation

An experienced educator, researcher, and administrator, Yelee Jo is a Director of Scholastic Research & Validation where she leads high-quality, mixed-methods research studies with external researcher vendors, district partners, and other stakeholders to support and evaluate the impact of education-related products and services. For over a decade she has built a broad array of skills incorporating research, curriculum, design, and technology into her work. Her career also includes rich international experiences in English immersion schools and a history of coordinating successful research studies for well-known children’s brands. After earning her B.A. at Villanova University, Yelee received her M.A. in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, where she explored the learning and motivational advantages of digital games for learning.

Omar Headen, Ph.D.

Director
Scholastic Research & Validation

Dr. Omar Headen is a Director of Scholastic Research & Validation, where he leads high-quality research initiatives to support and evaluate the impact of Scholastic Literacy and other education-related products and services. He began his career in the classroom, first serving as an elementary school teacher in Chicago and then designing educational programs for local youth through the University of Illinois. That experience led Omar to a role at the U.S. Department of Education, where he created professional development plans, assessed the efficacy of student support initiatives, and trained teams in effective data collection, analysis, and dissemination strategies. Most recently, Omar served as a lecturer for the City Colleges of Chicago and as Academic Administrator/Dean within the state of Illinois. Omar holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University - Chicago, following his M.Ed. in Psychology also from Loyola, and his M.A. and B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.

Jerusha Saldaña Yáñez

Research Assistant
Scholastic Research & Validation

As a Research Assistant, Jerusha Saldaña Yáñez supports the team in all aspects of research, including engaging stakeholders, designing data collection protocols, and analyzing research findings. Her broad and international experience in education- and family-based research teams includes diverse roles at UNICEF, the Men at Work & Family Project at the Worker Institute at Cornell, and the CREDI (Caregiver Reported Early Childhood Development Instruments) Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jerusha earned her M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education following her B.A. from Brown University and a Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University.

Peggy Tierno

Research Assistant
Scholastic Research & Validation

As a Research Assistant, Margaret “Peggy” Tierno supports the Research & Validation team to engage internal stakeholders, conduct critical information gathering, and manage large databases of resources. Peggy’s global classroom experience includes an internship in a New Zealand elementary school, where she assisted educators in daily instruction and led student enrichment programs, as well as independent research in local Māori language revival efforts in public education. Bolstered by an innate respect for learning and understanding of child development thanks to a family filled with educators, Peggy is now completing the M.A. component of her joint B.A.-M.A. degree program in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research, with an expected completion date of Fall 2019.

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Total Tutor radio interview with Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education

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On Our Minds @Scholastic


The Summer Reading Difference, featuring Dr. Ansel Sanders, President & CEO of Public Education Partners, and highlighting research from Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA

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Reading Helps Kids Make Summer Count in Greenville, SC

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The results are in: summer reading is important for student achievement!

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A Summer Reading Movement, Emerging from Family Engagement

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Striving and Thriving: Supporting All Students in Summer Reading


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