Principals Hone Their “People Skills” with New Simulations

Syracuse University has launched a new simulation training program for school administrators.  The project uses live-action simulations that present more contemporary situations faced by administrators: non-traditional family structures, abusive home situations, substance-abuse issues, morally-charged issues such as sex education, depression, and confrontations with teachers who have more experience than the administrator. The program is supported Read more about Principals Hone Their “People Skills” with New Simulations[…]

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Reform through Sustained Union-Management Collaboration

Last week, the Center for American Progress published a paper discussing an alternate path to school system reform: collaboration of stakeholders through labor-management partnerships among teachers’ unions, school administrators, and school boards. The authors base their recommendations on six examples of how teachers’ unions have been critical to improving public education systems in collaboration with Read more about Reform through Sustained Union-Management Collaboration[…]

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Education/Evolving’s National Inventory of Schools with Teacher Autonomy

Education|Evolving Founder Ted Kolderie has encouraged a strong look at the current management of schools. He explains, “Our deal with teachers has been that we don’t give you professional authority, and you don’t give us accountability. Cut a new deal: in exchange for real accountability we’ll give you real authority.” The premise is that when Read more about Education/Evolving’s National Inventory of Schools with Teacher Autonomy[…]

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Building Family and Community Demand for Dramatic School Change

District-led, dramatic change efforts in failing schools-including turnarounds and school closures-often face strong resistance from families and communities. Resistance may be based on district-community tensions, failed past school improvement efforts, or a lack of understanding about what is possible in schools.  In this new presentation by Public Impact, nine strategies are proposed to address these Read more about Building Family and Community Demand for Dramatic School Change[…]

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Report from the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

The U.S. Department of Education and Asia Society released a report last week entitled, “Improving Teacher Quality Around the World: The International Summit on the Teaching Profession,” addressing lessons shared during the two-day event held in New York City in March. The summit marked the first-ever convening of education ministers, teachers, and union leaders from Read more about Report from the International Summit on the Teaching Profession[…]

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Teacher Turnaround Teams in Boston

Successful school turnarounds have long been elusive and have depended on finding talented teachers and leaders to engage in the transformation of school cultures and teaching norms. A newly piloted model out of Boston shows some promise for staffing school turnaround and providing career ladder options for experienced teachers. The Teacher Turnaround Teams (T3) program, Read more about Teacher Turnaround Teams in Boston[…]

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State Strategies to Improve Chronically Low-Performing Schools

A new issue brief released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices offers lessons drawn from its State Strategies to Improve Chronically Low-Performing Schools project, which sought to address underlying causes of failing schools: weak leadership; inadequate skill levels among teachers; and insufficient high-quality teaching materials. In 2009, the project gave Colorado, Maryland, Read more about State Strategies to Improve Chronically Low-Performing Schools[…]

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Alignment of Reform Efforts

The PIE Network’s most recent report, “Schools in High Gear: Reforms That Work When They Work Together” is a set of essays written by the network’s policy partners, leaders from the five policy organizations that support the network. The policy partners span the ideological spectrum but come together around the core ingredients for education reform. Read more about Alignment of Reform Efforts[…]

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Stanford University and Pearson Collaborate to Deliver the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

At the International Summit on the Teaching Profession last week, Stanford University announced that it will collaborate with Pearson for delivery of the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)-a nationally available, performance-based assessment for measuring the effectiveness of teacher candidates.    The TPA was developed by a team of Stanford researchers led by Drs. Linda Darling-Hammond and Read more about Stanford University and Pearson Collaborate to Deliver the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)[…]

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