Guidance for Principals to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center released PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities, which outlines key steps every state can take to ensure all school principals are prepared to create and lead learning environments Read more about Guidance for Principals to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities[…]

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Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning

The Carnegie Foundation has collaborated with colleagues in the University of Michigan’s School of Education and Ross School of Business to develop a massive open online course that moves aspiring and practicing educational leaders to improve learning outcomes for all students. In this course, Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning, the aim is to develop leaders’ Read more about Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning[…]

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How Are Middle School Climate and Academic Performance Related Across Schools

Schools with a more positive student-reported climate had higher academic achievement in English language arts and mathematics than schools with a less positive climate, according to a new study from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West. While there is widespread consensus that positive school climate leads to higher academic performance, most of the research has compared Read more about How Are Middle School Climate and Academic Performance Related Across Schools[…]

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The Principal Story Video Series

School leadership matters. During the past decade, there has been a growing recognition among educators and policymakers that school principals must be instructional leaders who ensure that high-quality teaching occurs in every classroom. This view is backed up by a solid body of evidence showing that leadership places second only to teaching among school-related influences Read more about The Principal Story Video Series[…]

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Instructional Choice vs. School Choice

Julia Freeland Fisher has written an insightful piece for the Christensen Institute in which she cuts through the “charter vs. district” debate and explores the sorts of instructional innovations and choices, within and across school systems, that stand to bring more students into 21st-century schools. Excerpts of her article appear below: The next generation vision Read more about Instructional Choice vs. School Choice[…]

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The School Principal’s Role in Reducing Teacher Turnover

Roxanne Garza of New America recently examined the important role principals play in building a school environment that reduces teacher attrition. Excerpts from her article appear below: Recent debates about ensuring all students have effective teachers have largely centered on how to recruit, prepare, evaluate, and—more recently—develop them. But these efforts to “build a better Read more about The School Principal’s Role in Reducing Teacher Turnover[…]

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Why States Should Focus More on School Climate Under ESSA

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are allowed to include at least one non-academic indicator of school quality or student success within their accountability systems. The law lays out several possibilities: student engagement, educator engagement, student access to–and completion of–advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, and school climate. In a new essay, professors Amity Noltemeyer and Read more about Why States Should Focus More on School Climate Under ESSA[…]

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Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

One of the broad intents of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to encourage evidence-based decision-making as standard practice. This new, free publication from WestEd, Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA, provides an initial set of tools to help states Read more about Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA[…]

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Rubric for Evaluating Reading/Language Arts Instructional Materials for Grades K-5

Selecting instructional materials based on rigorous research and standards is an important and time-consuming job at the state, district, and school levels. To facilitate this process, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast has developed a rubric for evaluating reading/language arts instructional and intervention materials for use in elementary grades (K-5). The rubric is organized by content area Read more about Rubric for Evaluating Reading/Language Arts Instructional Materials for Grades K-5[…]

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Evidence Review of School Leadership Interventions Under ESSA

Recognizing that effective leadership is essential to most school improvement efforts, the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) enables states and districts to use certain major funding sources to help achieve their school improvement goals by supporting principals and other school leaders. Because those funding streams urge consideration of evidence of effectiveness, Wallace commissioned Read more about Evidence Review of School Leadership Interventions Under ESSA[…]

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January Issue Brief: Competency-based Learning

It sounds simple—award credit based on student learning. But as more schools and districts begin to develop competency-based pathways, questions have arisen about the best way to go about implementing these models. Complexities related to student grouping, curriculum design, scheduling, assessment, and grading abound. In this month’s issue brief, we explore various resources, research reports, Read more about January Issue Brief: Competency-based Learning[…]

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Nation’s Schools Get Middling Grade on Quality Counts Report Card

As a new political and policy era dawns in Washington, the status of the nation’s schools remains stable, though still earning a grade of C from Quality Counts 2017, the 21st annual report card issued by the Education Week Research Center. The C corresponds to a score of 74.2, which is nearly identical to the Read more about Nation’s Schools Get Middling Grade on Quality Counts Report Card[…]

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Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life

What does it mean to be really ready for college, work, and life? The staff at Getting Smart worked with Apex Learning to publish Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life. The report finds that there is a direct connection between increasing graduation rates and student readiness. Students Read more about Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life[…]

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The Good News in Education

In a sea of bad news, Dick Startz, writing for the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings, reflects on the good news in American education: Graduation rates are up Over the last fifteen years, high school graduation rates have risen. The vast majority of adults have a high school diploma. White, Black, and Hispanic graduation rates Read more about The Good News in Education[…]

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21st Century Learning Exemplar Programs

The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program highlights best practices in schools and districts across the country that are preparing students for college, career and life by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment. Currently there are 75 exemplars across the country. P21 will accept applications to be part of the 2017-2018 21st Century Read more about 21st Century Learning Exemplar Programs[…]

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ESSA Essentials for Educators: Make your Voice Heard!

The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last year provides educators with a unique opportunity to exercise their voice in education policy. Although it is expected that under the new presidential administration, some of the regulations will be revisited, states are moving forward with the development of new state and district policies required Read more about ESSA Essentials for Educators: Make your Voice Heard![…]

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