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Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders

School administrators serve as instructional leaders and set the tone for the culture of a school. The principal’s influence is pivotal. In the March issue brief, Core Education explores effective school leadership and recommendations for policy to improve the training, support, and evaluation of educational leaders.   To view the issue brief, see: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a4ae2b1b129b9f8a29d50b80f&id=7519d81bb5 To Read more about Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders[…]

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February Issue Brief: College Readiness

This year the United States hit a record high graduation rate of 83 percent, and 66 percent of graduating students enrolled in college. But we are discovering that high school graduation does not necessarily equate to readiness for college coursework. NAEP data show that only 37 percent of high school seniors are academically prepared for Read more about February Issue Brief: College Readiness[…]

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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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October Issue Brief: America’s Teacher Pipeline

To build a world-class educational system, America needs outstanding teachers. But how do we entice exceptional candidates into the teaching pipeline and recruit them in the states and districts that need them most? Why are there teacher surpluses in some areas and extreme shortages in others? In this month’s issue brief, Core Education has assembled Read more about October Issue Brief: America’s Teacher Pipeline[…]

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July Issue Brief: Professional Development

Recent research reveals that although districts spend large amounts of money on professional development, PD has a poor reputation for actually improving instructional practice, and teachers claim that current approaches are not meeting their needs. In this month’s issue brief, we focus on the problems with professional development, look to other countries and other industries Read more about July Issue Brief: Professional Development[…]

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March Issue Brief: Teacher Professionalism

Teachers often know best when it comes to helping their students achieve academic success, but districts and schools are not set up to capitalize on the wisdom of teachers. In this month’s issue brief from Core Education, we explore ideas related to increasing teacher professionalism, including changed teacher roles, teacher-powered schools, and ideas borrowed from Read more about March Issue Brief: Teacher Professionalism[…]

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January Issue Brief: Effective State Education Agencies

With the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, all eyes are on State Education Agencies (SEAs) for direction and leadership related to education reform. There is no doubt that SEAs will serve an essential role in the future of our country’s educational system, but the scope of that role will be largely determined by Read more about January Issue Brief: Effective State Education Agencies[…]

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October Issue Brief: International Benchmarking in Education

How are America’s students really doing? We thought we knew, back when each state gave its own state assessments, but it turns out that proficiency rates were often highly inflated. Now we have some states collaborating in assessment consortia (e.g., PARCC and Smarter Balanced).  Those common assessments will help provide a more reliable picture of Read more about October Issue Brief: International Benchmarking in Education[…]

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June Issue Brief: Social and Emotional Learning

With all of the recent focus on college and career-readiness, some educators are feeling that they are being diverted away from fostering social and emotional learning in students. The fact is, however, social and emotional learning, or SEL, is critical for student success in the 21st century. In this month’s issue brief, we explore various Read more about June Issue Brief: Social and Emotional Learning[…]

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June Issue Brief: Teacher Evaluation

Nearly every state is revamping its teacher evaluation system, with most states requiring evaluations that employ a mixture of student performance and observation of teachers. While there has been much forward movement, there has been just as much concern, especially over the fairness of the new evaluations for teachers in non-tested grades and subjects. In Read more about June Issue Brief: Teacher Evaluation[…]

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March Issue Brief: School Leadership

School administrators serve as instructional leaders and set the tone for the culture of a school. The principal’s influence is pivotal. In this month’s issue brief, we explore school leadership and recommendations for improving the preparation, selection and work of educational leaders. What are the qualities that make a great school leader? What essential skills Read more about March Issue Brief: School Leadership[…]

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November Issue Brief: Teacher Preparation

Recently, teacher preparation programs have come under scrutiny, and pressure is mounting to increase program accountability for recruiting and preparing effective teachers. This month’s issue brief offers resources and food for thought related to teacher preparation reform. What are the most promising practices for effective teacher preparation? What evidence is there for proposed reforms? What Read more about November Issue Brief: Teacher Preparation[…]

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October Issue Brief: Educator Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded 30 districts with funding to support new educator evaluation and compensation systems through the Teacher Incentive Fund. This month’s issue brief offers resources and food for thought around educator evaluation. What are the most promising practices for educator evaluation? What evidence is there for evaluation reforms? What Read more about October Issue Brief: Educator Evaluation[…]

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September Issue Brief – Personalized Learning

With the Race to the Top-District competition focusing on personalized learning for students, many educators are grappling with the concept of personalization and the many questions surrounding implementation. This month’s issue brief offers resources and food for thought around personalized learning. To access September’s Issue Brief, please click here (http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a4ae2b1b129b9f8a29d50b80f&id=a42f51f627&e=[UNIQID]).   To ensure you do not Read more about September Issue Brief – Personalized Learning[…]

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August Issue Brief: Teacher Leadership

We all know those teachers — the high-fliers, the irreplacables, the inspiring ones. One of our central concerns in education reform should not just be teacher retention, but retention of the “right” teachers. In this Issue Brief, we explore the many ways schools are offering exceptional teachers with opportunities to remain enthusiastic and growing, without Read more about August Issue Brief: Teacher Leadership[…]

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July 2012 Issue Brief: The Common Core

School districts across the nation are gearing up for full-scale implementation of the Common Core, in anticipation of new assessments. What are the best practices in Common Core implementation? What kind of professional development is needed for teachers? What will the assessments look like? How much will it all cost? In this month’s issue brief, Read more about July 2012 Issue Brief: The Common Core[…]

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