The Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools that Work

Based on a review of seminal documents from the Learning First Alliance member organizations, the Alliance has identified six elements around which successful schools are organized, whether formally or informally, that each impact several important aspects of schooling. These elements are: Focus on the Total Child Successful schools support all students’ needs, inside and outside Read more about The Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools that Work[…]

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January Issue Brief: Not Just a High School Diploma

High school students are now graduating with much more than their high school diplomas – some have already earned an Associate’s degree or industry-recognized credentials. Many have amassed enough AP, IB, or community college credits to begin their postsecondary studies a semester or two ahead. Research is showing that these early college/credentialing models promote college Read more about January Issue Brief: Not Just a High School Diploma[…]

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New Evidence that Students’ Beliefs about their Brains Drive Learning

Responding to the need to look beyond test scores to measure school quality, an increasing number of school districts are striving to incorporate socio-emotional learning measures in their accountability policies. Growth mindset – believing that intelligence and talent can change – is one of these measures. Experimental research has found that developing a growth mindset Read more about New Evidence that Students’ Beliefs about their Brains Drive Learning[…]

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How States and Districts Can Use ESSA funds to Support SEL

Mounting evidence suggests that social and emotional (SEL) skills are critical to students’ success in and out of the classroom. For schools, districts and states looking to help children build these competencies, a new RAND report offers guidance on how educators can use funding streams in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to implement SEL Read more about How States and Districts Can Use ESSA funds to Support SEL[…]

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10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About America’s Schools in 2017

Every year, education researchers force us to re-examine our cherished assumptions about education. In 2017, we started thinking differently about the importance of high-quality preschool. We began talking about the boon to minority students of a more diverse teacher workforce. We questioned the country’s skyrocketing high school graduation rates. And we took a second look Read more about 10 Charts That Changed the Way We Think About America’s Schools in 2017[…]

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Recommendations for Early College High School Programs

A working group that includes members from some of the country’s most influential education groups released new recommendations aimed at high school programs offering college credit. These programs, often dual-enrollment partnerships with local colleges, have grown in popularity, as have concerns about the rigor, costs and ultimate impact on college success.   The group, convened Read more about Recommendations for Early College High School Programs[…]

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Dozens of Arts Programs Could Receive Funding Under Federal Education Law

A new literature review from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) explores research available on arts integration activities and finds 44 that could qualify for ESSA funding (10 studies met Tier I-III evidence standards for strong, moderate or promising evidence, while 34 met the Tier IV standard for having a research-based rationale). Interventions include those Read more about Dozens of Arts Programs Could Receive Funding Under Federal Education Law[…]

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Chiefs for Change’s Bipartisan Vision for America’s Schools

A functional consensus is emerging among the nation’s boldest education leaders, producing not identical policies, but a set of vital principles that drive approaches shaped to the needs of each of their communities. It’s a set of principles born of extensive work, with the needs of students at the center. It’s worthy of the attention Read more about Chiefs for Change’s Bipartisan Vision for America’s Schools[…]

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November Issue Brief: A Global Perspective on Ed Reform

What can we learn from global education powerhouses? These are countries that consistently produce high-achieving, well-prepared students. Are there specific strategies that these top performers have consistently implemented? In this month’s issue brief, Core Education explores global perspectives on education reform. We look at best practices from high-performing countries and the specifics of teacher preparation, Read more about November Issue Brief: A Global Perspective on Ed Reform[…]

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School Leadership Counts

While the importance and impact of school and teacher leadership has been widely understood by policymakers and practitioners, the field has lacked a comprehensive, research-based analysis to identify the specific elements of school and teacher leadership that can increase student achievement. Through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the New Teacher Center (NTC) partnered with Read more about School Leadership Counts[…]

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Walking Together: A Practical Guide for Strengthening Partnerships Between Schools, Families, and Communities

Imagine this: A community comes together to set a vision for its public schools. In local libraries, neighborhood associations, school cafeterias, and places of worship, families sit down together and share their hopes and dreams for their children. They think about what schools need to do to better equip students for college, career, entrepreneurship, and Read more about Walking Together: A Practical Guide for Strengthening Partnerships Between Schools, Families, and Communities[…]

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Preparing to Lead: Lessons in Principal Development for High Performing Education Systems

Of all in-school influences on student learning, leadership is second only to teaching quality. Indeed, when it comes to whole-system improvement, some argue that improving the quality of school leadership is a higher strategic priority than improving the quality of individual teachers, due to a principal’s influence across a school. While school leadership is routinely Read more about Preparing to Lead: Lessons in Principal Development for High Performing Education Systems[…]

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For School Improvement, Demographics Aren’t Destiny

Karin Chenoweth of Education Week recently wrote about lessons learned from schools with “unexpected” success. Excerpts of the article appear below: Educators in unexpected schools change the fundamental way schools have traditionally been organized. Back in 2000, Harvard researcher Richard Elmore argued that because teaching has primarily been an isolated, autonomous, and idiosyncratic practice, school Read more about For School Improvement, Demographics Aren’t Destiny[…]

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October Issue Brief: Student Agency

Those of us who care deeply about education often talk about being student-centered. But really putting students at the center means giving them voice and agency to determine their own educational pathways and influence their own schooling. In this month’s issue brief, Core Education explores student agency. We look at curriculum models that require students Read more about October Issue Brief: Student Agency[…]

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Education Evolving Is Evolving

After an extensive organizational review, literature review and stakeholder listening sessions, Education Evolving has released its newly refined vision for student-centered learning. It involves the following seven principles: Positive Relationships – Students have relationships with adults and peers who care about, believe in, and hold them to high expectations Whole Child Needs – Students’ biological, Read more about Education Evolving Is Evolving[…]

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Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

In at least 10 U.S. cities, a new partnership schools model is emerging. This “third way” governance strategy can break through contentious district-charter divides and could help improve struggling schools or increase the number of high-quality neighborhood options. The Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has released a new brief titled Partnership Schools: New Governance Read more about Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts[…]

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