What works in education? The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help policy makers, principals, teachers, and researchers do their jobs. Here are examples of how you can use the BEE in your work.
As leaders of their education staff, principals are tasked with driving a process of continuous improvement that is also compliant with state standards. To do so, they need to identify programs with evidence of effectiveness versus those with just an attractive marketing image. Principals often receive visits from vendors seeking to sell them the next “magic bullet” to improve student achievement. Using the BEE, principals can quickly locate unbiased information as to whether a vendor’s product has been proven to be effective.
The BEE includes other information helpful to leaders, such as a brief on overcoming obstacles to implementing research-proven programs, and information on which professional development approaches are most likely to yield results.
Superintendents can read success stories of evidence-based education in the Voices from the Field section of the BEE, which may serve as models for their own districts. For example, an interview with Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, provides details about Pennsylvania’s process to establish a standards aligned education system that has yielded impressive results. Superintendents can also find resources to develop a tailored improvement plan for their district through consulting services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (www.cddre.org).