Evidence-Based Practices: A Logic Model for Supporting Schools and Districts
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) promotes the use of evidence-based practices in schools and districts and requires their use under certain federal programs, including school improvement. This presentation will provide participants with a detailed overview of the literature related to the implementation of evidence-based practices as a decision making framework. Participants will learn about the Weiss typography of research use before reviewing the three pronged approach deployed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). This approach includes:
1. Increasing access to research
2. Building capacity for research use
3. Modeling appropriate research use
Throughout the presentation, participants will learn about the existing literature and see concrete examples exploring how the KDE used this literature to inform the development of its support mechanisms. The presentation will also discuss ways that the model can be replicated in other states and districts.
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Matthew B. Courtney, Ed.D. is an Executive Staff Advisor to the Office of Continuous Improvement and Support at the Kentucky Department of Education. Dr. Courtney specializes in research and data use for educational decision making and supports schools and districts in Kentucky by promoting meaningful research use and studying efforts to support and expand research and data use for decision making. Dr. Courtney holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership, an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Dr. Courtney's work has been published in both academic and nonacademic settings and he has spoken on issues related to research and data use at conferences across the nation.