Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive

Schools are the engines of economic and social mobility, where the virtues required for citizenship are wrestled with and practiced, and where the foundations of a robust and dynamic citizenship, democracy, and economy are nurtured. Teachers are the heart, soul, and muscle of our schools. Research has pointed time and time again to teachers as Read more about Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive[…]

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Outstanding Learning for All, Secure & Healthy Learners, and Culture of Equity

To close achievement gaps, education leaders must adopt more complete approaches to outstanding learning for all, secure and healthy learners, and a culture of equity within low- and moderate-poverty schools. A shortfall in any of these three areas within a school magnifies the impact of unequal access to resources-educational, personal, and sociopolitical-outside of school. In Read more about Outstanding Learning for All, Secure & Healthy Learners, and Culture of Equity[…]

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Evidence for Student-Centered Learning

For the past 35 years, the prevailing narrative about America’s public education system is that it is “broken.” Reform efforts have failed to find a fix because they fundamentally misunderstand this reality: the system is not broken. It is doing exactly what it was designed to do-educate the masses in a standardized fashion that completely Read more about Evidence for Student-Centered Learning[…]

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Out of the Loop

Nearly 20 percent of the country’s students are enrolled in rural schools, yet are not provided the same focus in national policy or research as students in urban and suburban school districts. “Out of the Loop,” a new report from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA), Center for Public Education (CPE), finds that poverty, isolation Read more about Out of the Loop[…]

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5 Tips for Engaging Educators in Advocacy

As a growing network of advocates recognizes the immense value of incorporating educators in the policymaking process, the landscape of opportunities for educators to share their perspectives is expanding and diversifying. In a new Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network report, advocates working across 29 states provided details on the educator voice opportunities they’ve built, Read more about 5 Tips for Engaging Educators in Advocacy[…]

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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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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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Essays from TNTP’s 2016 Fishman Prize Winners

The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice recognizes 100 inspiring public school teachers each year, and celebrates four winners who are making a profound difference for their students and schools. Winners participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting and writing about the issues facing their profession—and how they’re tackling them in their Read more about Essays from TNTP’s 2016 Fishman Prize Winners[…]

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The Role of a Multi-Classroom Leader

In Real Clear Education, Kristin Cubbage reflects on what it means to be a Multi-Classroom Leader, a role her school has adopted in conjunction with Public Impact. She writes: When I became a multi-classroom leader in 2013, the position was new to our school, district and state—new to the nation, in fact. I have vivid Read more about The Role of a Multi-Classroom Leader[…]

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Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA

Policymakers and practitioners who face a deluge of important decisions affecting thousands of schools can find advice from some of the top education thinkers in the country in JFF’s new brief, Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities. The piece recommends ways that supporters of deeper learning can make the most of the rapidly changing Read more about Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA[…]

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April Issue Brief: Teacher Collaboration

Effective teacher teams can produce a variety of positive outcomes, from increased student achievement, to improved school climate, to high levels of teacher resilience and retention. But cultivating effective teacher collaboration is more complex than simply assigning a common planning period to a group of teachers. In this month’s issue brief, we explore best practices Read more about April Issue Brief: Teacher Collaboration[…]

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Teachers and Professional Collaboration

Recently guest author on the Shanker Institute blog, Andy Hargreaves, reflected on research-proven methods for promoting professional collaboration among teachers. An excerpt appears below: When teachers collaborate rather than work entirely alone, they show greater confidence and competence in teaching and stronger commitment to their profession. This is because they have access to their colleagues’ Read more about Teachers and Professional Collaboration[…]

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What is a Networked Improvement Community?

We first blogged about Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) here: http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/using-the-wisdom-of-educators/ But what exactly is an NIC, and how does it differ from a Professional Learning Community, Action Research group, or Community of Practice? The Carnegie Foundation offers a helpful guide: Networked improvement communities (NICs) are scientific learning communities distinguished by four essential characteristics: FOCUSED ON Read more about What is a Networked Improvement Community?[…]

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MOOC for Educators: “Digital Learning Transition”

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation are offering a first-of-its-kind online course for school district leaders. Last month, the Alliance for Excellent Education and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University opened enrollment for a first-of-its-kind Massive Online Open Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed). Titled “Digital Learning Read more about MOOC for Educators: “Digital Learning Transition”[…]

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Staff Matters: Social Resilience in Schools

In a recent article in the Shanker Blog, Esther Quintero discusses how teachers are coping with the increased uncertainty in the education world that is a result of the lack of “coherent education infrastructure” in the U.S.  In response to this uncertainty, teachers are becoming more reliant on collaboration and close-knit social networks from which Read more about Staff Matters: Social Resilience in Schools[…]

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