Four Key things to Know about Distributed Leadership

Great leadership is at the heart of every high-quality public school. Within schools, leadership is most effective when it’s distributed among a team of individuals with different skillsets and experiences but a shared mission to spark and sustain a school-wide culture of learning and improved outcomes for students. These types of instructional leadership teams can Read more about Four Key things to Know about Distributed Leadership[…]

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How DC Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching

When most people think of school reform in the Dis­trict of Columbia, they probably remember the Time maga­zine cover photo of former Chancellor Michelle Rhee with a broom in her hand and a hard look on her face. In leading the school system from 2007 to 2010, she was the polar­izing public image of a Read more about How DC Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching[…]

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Innovations in Education

Since January, the Walton Family Foundation has been on a video journey – traveling from Washington, D.C., to Oakland to Denver to New Orleans – visiting top innovators in education and producing a video series to share what they have found. “We look to brave leaders, such as the individuals featured in this series, to Read more about Innovations in Education[…]

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The Five Essential Building Blocks of a Networked Improvement Community

Networked improvement communities (NICs) are gaining importance as a structure for identifying and solving complex educational problems. Tackling these problems requires taking specific steps to make sure the NIC is built to last. In the Carnegie Commons blog, Sarah McKay summarizes an article, “A Framework for the Initiation of Networked Improvement Communities” published in the Read more about The Five Essential Building Blocks of a Networked Improvement Community[…]

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Two 60-Second Videos on School Reform with Rick Hess

Rick Hess, of the American Enterprise Institute, has released two 60-second videos discussing school reform. “The solution of little ‘r’ school reform” If onerous regulations don’t improve education, what will? Rick Hess, AEI’s Director of Education Policy Studies, says that empowering teachers to make decisions is the way to high-performing schools. View the video here: Read more about Two 60-Second Videos on School Reform with Rick Hess[…]

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Teachers Supporting Teachers: State Policies for Non-Classroom-Based Instructors

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders has released a new Ask the Team Brief, Teachers Supporting Teachers: State Policies for Non-Classroom-Based Instructors. Across the United States, non-classroom-based positions have been added in districts and schools to provide instructional support to teachers. They go by various names–coach, mentor, teacher leader–but typically they help classroom teachers Read more about Teachers Supporting Teachers: State Policies for Non-Classroom-Based Instructors[…]

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New Studies Suggest Choice of Curriculum and Textbooks Can Make a Big Difference for Students

Matt Barnum of The 74  recently reviewed research on the importance of curricular materials for student achievement. Excerpts from his article appear below: The idea that schools can get better simply by improving the content of what they teach may seem at once novel and obvious in an education policy debate dominated by heated battles Read more about New Studies Suggest Choice of Curriculum and Textbooks Can Make a Big Difference for Students[…]

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“Letters To A Young Education Reformer”

How best to reform K-12 education in America is the subject of passionate debate. Lagging test scores, dispiriting classroom environments, and growing fears about our nation’s international competitiveness have inspired a new cadre of reformers searching for ways to modernize and transform the US education system. At the same time, reform efforts-from Common Core and Read more about “Letters To A Young Education Reformer”[…]

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The Failure of the U.S. Education Research Establishment

Stanley Pogrow has produced a paper concluding that most education research is of little value to people in schools. Research validating programs to develop the reading skills of students born into poverty, for example, validates programs that are not effective in practice, he says. Pogrow’s paper analyzes in easy-to-understand language the validity of the gold Read more about The Failure of the U.S. Education Research Establishment[…]

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CASEL Guidance, Tools and Resources for SEL

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  (CASEL) has published a vast set of online guidance and practical tools to help school districts and schools systemically implement practices that promote social and emotional learning (SEL). The SEL District Resource Center includes more than 500 resources that address priorities from setting a vision, to aligning Read more about CASEL Guidance, Tools and Resources for SEL[…]

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Establishing and Sustaining Networked Improvement Communities

Networked improvement communities are a relatively new type of collaborative research partnership between researchers and educators. With facilitation from researchers, educators identify problems of practice, the factors that drive the problems, and promising solutions. They then engage in iterative cycles of designing, implementing, testing, and redesigning solutions, while learning from variation across the settings in Read more about Establishing and Sustaining Networked Improvement Communities[…]

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Promising Leadership Practices for Rapid School Improvement That Lasts

A new report from the Center on School Turnaround presents promising practices for how to sustain the advances made in schools that have demonstrated rapid improvement. The practices presented are derived from a comprehensive review of relevant literature, and from the experience of five school principals who not only facilitated school turnaround but also sustained Read more about Promising Leadership Practices for Rapid School Improvement That Lasts[…]

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April Issue Brief: Scheduling for Success

Time is one of the resources most valuable to educators, but school schedules do not always allocate time to the activities that our schools purport to value most. Schedules can be better designed to foster planning and collaboration, flexible instructional blocks to differentiate content to student need, and opportunities for small group instruction and student-directed Read more about April Issue Brief: Scheduling for Success[…]

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A Partnership between Evidence-Based Policy and Practice-Based Evidence

Paul Lingenfelter, president emeritus of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, recently reflected on the impasse between policymakers and educational practitioners in the Carnegie Commons blog. Excerpts from his piece appear below: Educators and policymakers together have failed to develop the capabilities needed to achieve the higher levels of education achievement demanded in the Read more about A Partnership between Evidence-Based Policy and Practice-Based Evidence[…]

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How well are American Students Learning?

The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings has released the 16th annual Brown Center Report (BCR) on American Education by Tom Loveless. The 2017 BCR investigates three issues that are relevant to the current dialogue on U.S. education. Part I analyzes the changing scores of American students on two international tests; Part II revisits Read more about How well are American Students Learning?[…]

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This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and-Career-Ready Standards

A new report from the Aspen Institute calls attention to how students’ social and emotional development must be integrated with academics in order for students to fully achieve these aspirations. This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and-Career-Ready Standards draws directly from states’ standards in English, Science, and Math to demonstrate Read more about This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and-Career-Ready Standards[…]

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