Transforming Education into a Learning System

Every day, educators, advocates, and families strive to ensure that our schools prepare all students to excel academically and thrive in life. To realize that ambitious goal, we must ensure that our education sector functions at all levels as a learning system. Too often, though, a culture of compliance and a desire to preserve the Read more about Transforming Education into a Learning System[…]

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Researchers Pinpoint Three Elements of Effective Schools

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay recently reviewed a new index being used in Chicago to identify high schools with the best outcomes. Excerpts from the piece appear below:  Parents are often stymied by the process of picking a good school for their kids. Word-of-mouth recommendations can be misleading. High test scores provide only Read more about Researchers Pinpoint Three Elements of Effective Schools[…]

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The effects of social-emotional development on academic achievement

Olivia Piontek of the Fordham Institute recently wrote a piece reviewing the research on the effects of social-emotional development on student academic achievement. Excerpts appear below: Can attending schools that promote social-emotional development boost a student’s chance of postsecondary success? A recent study from researchers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University suggests that Read more about The effects of social-emotional development on academic achievement[…]

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Principal Preparation Guidebook

The George W. Bush Institute Education Reform Initiative has released a new resource for districts, policymakers, and funders based on the initiative’s five-year research collaboration with four school districts. The newly released Principal Preparation Guidebook, the fourth in a series of guidebooks, provides guidance on how to effectively prepare a strong pool of principal candidates. Read more about Principal Preparation Guidebook[…]

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Determining Attendance and Alternatives to Seat-Time

Attendance looks dramatically different in the COVID-19 era of remote and online learning, and states are grappling with setting policies that account for what attendance should mean and what it should look like. The Aurora Institute has responded to multiple requests for technical assistance on this subject with a new issue brief, Determining Attendance and Read more about Determining Attendance and Alternatives to Seat-Time[…]

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Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?

The recent report Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World? from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), explores students’ ability to examine issues of local, global and cultural significance; understand and appreciate the perspectives and worldviews of others; engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions across cultures; and take action for Read more about Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?[…]

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Workplace Basics: The Competencies Employers Want

A new report from Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce explores how 120 knowledge areas, skills, and abilities are demanded across the workforce and within specific occupations—and how the intensity with which workers use these competencies, along with their education level, can affect their earnings. Workers need more than just their educational credentials to Read more about Workplace Basics: The Competencies Employers Want[…]

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Chief Innovation Officer Toolkit

Education First, the NewSchools Venture Fund, and the Broad Center have partnered to release the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Toolkit. This research-backed toolkit is designed to help districts, and CIOs, understand why a CIO is a critical cabinet-level role and what should be expected from one. The CIO Toolkit was developed for those currently in, Read more about Chief Innovation Officer Toolkit[…]

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Responding to Crisis With A Tiered Support System

Eric Nentrup, writing for Getting Smart, reviews Turnaround Children’s new tiered support toolkit for educators who are supporting children and families in crisis. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Turnaround Children recently released a tiered support system action pack that takes advanced learning science and makes it accessible for educators to respond to the crises Read more about Responding to Crisis With A Tiered Support System[…]

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November Issue Brief: School and System Innovation

Saul Alinsky, American activist, once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Across the globe, educators are thinking about how to leverage the current upheaval in the education field to promote long-term innovation and positive change. In Core Education’s November issue brief, we explore recommended actions to guide transformation of education systems after Read more about November Issue Brief: School and System Innovation[…]

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Does 2020 present a crucible moment for K–12 education? The answer may surprise you

Chelsea Waite, writing for the Christensen Institute, recently explored reasons why 2020 may — or may not — result in lasting change in the education sector. Excerpts from the piece appear below: In moments that require radical adaptation, it’s tempting to see crisis as an inevitable harbinger of change. So far, 2020 has seemed like Read more about Does 2020 present a crucible moment for K–12 education? The answer may surprise you[…]

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Transfer and Applicability of Credit: Call to Action

The Scaling Partners Network has released a Call to Action for the higher education sector to facilitate the transfer of credit between institutions. Anticipating a larger than ever wave of students transferring across higher education institutions due to COVID-19 and the economic recession, a diverse group of policy, advocacy, research and institutional membership organizations have Read more about Transfer and Applicability of Credit: Call to Action[…]

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New forms of parent engagement as an education game changer post-COVID-19

Writing for Brookings, Rebecca Winthrop explores the power of parent engagement in the transformation of schools. Excerpts from the piece appear below:  School closures and remote learning have propelled children’s ability to learn independently to the forefront of every busy and stressed out parent’s wish list. This ability, often described by education experts as “student Read more about New forms of parent engagement as an education game changer post-COVID-19[…]

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Uncharted Waters

In the latest paper by Education Resource Strategies (ERS), authors explore how a whole-system approach to continuous improvement can help districts chart a course to equity and excellence this pandemic school year.  ERS’ new paper, Uncharted Waters, makes the case that the key to districts making progress towards equity and excellence amidst so much uncertainty Read more about Uncharted Waters[…]

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October Issue Brief: Equity-Focused Social Emotional Learning

What flavor is your school’s social emotional learning (SEL) program? While early SEL programs were focused on changing student behaviors, newer equity-focused SEL approaches emphasize building relationships and creating learning environments that empower student wholeness, voice, and agency. In Core Education’s October issue brief, we explore emerging insights into how equity-focused SEL can contribute to Read more about October Issue Brief: Equity-Focused Social Emotional Learning[…]

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What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency

America’ Promise Alliance has released a new report examining young people’s perspectives on the importance of relationships, belonging and agency to their overall learning.  What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, and Agency is the newest report in the How Learning Happens research series. Based on findings from a nationally Read more about What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency[…]

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